Know Which Meds Are Used to Treat Severe Alcohol Withdrawal
You can help avoid mishaps when patients need treatment for SEVERE alcohol withdrawal syndrome.
Up to one in 3 patients withdrawing from alcohol will have severe symptoms...including mental status changes and seizures.
Diazepam or lorazepam is first-line for treating alcohol withdrawal. About one in 4 patients will need HIGH doses...such as more than 40 mg of IV lorazepam in the first 3 hours of treatment.