Alcohol Withdrawal in the Inpatient Setting

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


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

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The Pharmacist's Role

There are many areas for pharmacist intervention with AUD patients in the inpatient setting. Obtaining a thorough medical and social history and medication reconciliation can help clinicians identify patients at risk for withdrawal before symptoms present. Pharmacists can also help the multidisciplinary team select the most appropriate BZD agent and dosing regimen. Based on the status of non-BZD treatments for AWS, pharmacists can provide insight into the appropriateness of adjunct medications for individual patients. Pharmacists can also guide and monitor patients' prescribed medication therapy throughout the hospital stay and counsel them about their medication at discharge.