Alcohol Withdrawal in the Inpatient Setting

Kylie Lucas, PharmD, BCPS; Glenn R. Grantner, PharmD, BCPS; Jonathan Street, PharmD

Disclosures

US Pharmacist. 2019;44(11):HS-8-HS12. 

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Treatment

Overall therapy goals for the AWS patient include minimizing and treating milder symptoms of withdrawal while preventing progression to alcoholic hallucinosis (alcohol-related psychosis), seizures, or DT. Supportive care and benzodiazepines (BZDs) are the mainstays of therapy to achieve these aims, with most evidence supporting the use of BZDs to treat withdrawal.[5,6,11,20] Additional treatment options include barbiturates, anticonvulsants, and adrenergics.[5,11,20]

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