What is the role of carbamazepine in the treatment of delirium tremens (DTs)?

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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Carbamazepine has been shown in some clinical trials to be effective in treating patients with minor symptoms of alcohol withdrawal and has been used extensively in Europe as monotherapy. There is insufficient evidence indicating that carbamazepine or other anticonvulsants are effective in the prevention or treatment of more severe manifestations of alcohol withdrawal, including DTs, but they appear to have limited side effects in this population. [26]


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