What is the role of benzodiazepines for the treatment of minor or moderate alcohol withdrawal?

Updated: Nov 06, 2020
  • Author: Michael James Burns, MD, FACEP, FACP, FIDSA; Chief Editor: Michael R Pinsky, MD, CM, Dr(HC), FCCP, FAPS, MCCM  more...
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For the treatment of minor or moderate alcohol withdrawal (in patients able to take oral therapy), symptom-triggered therapy (also known as prn therapy) has been shown in prospective, randomized, controlled trials to be superior to fixed-dose drug therapy, with less medication use and a shorter duration of therapy. [19] The dosage of benzodiazepine needs to be individualized for each patient. The successful use of symptom-triggered therapy requires motivated and attentive nursing.


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