Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Alcoholic Shakes Treatment

Timely treatment for alcohol withdrawal can reduce the chances for severe alcohol withdrawal, called delirium tremens. Because alcoholism may cause dehydration and vitamin B deficiency, treatment may include fluids and B vitamins. Medications that control the symptoms of withdrawal are given for four to five days. Occasionally, medications may be required to lower blood pressure in those with alcohol withdrawal. Once the symptoms of alcohol withdrawal resolve, longer-term medications may be needed to reduce alcohol craving.

Although alcohol withdrawal can be treated as an outpatient, those with more severe symptoms may benefit from a detoxification center. Those who have had seizures, delirium tremens, or psychiatrics illnesses may require treatment for withdrawal in the hospital.

Treatment for alcohol withdrawal may include:

Alcoholic Shakes Delirium Tremens

Delirium tremens is the most severe form of alcohol withdrawal. This condition must be treated in a hospital and may require intensive care.

Treatment for delirium tremens may include:

Alcoholic Shakes Questions For Doctor

The following are some important questions to ask before and after the treatment of alcohol withdrawal.

Questions to ask before treatment:

  • What are my treatment options?
  • What are the risks associated with treatment?
  • Do I need to stay in the hospital?
    • How long will I be in the hospital?
  • What are the complications I should watch for?
  • How long will I be on medication?
  • What are the potential side effects of my medication?
  • Does my medication interact with nonprescription medicines or supplements?
  • Should I take my medication with food?

Questions to ask after treatment:
  • Do I need to change my diet?
  • When can I resume my normal activities?
  • When can I return to work?
  • What else can I do to reduce my risk for having this problem again?
  • How often will I need to see my doctor for checkups?
  • What local support and other resources are available?

Alcoholic Shakes Specialist

Physicians from the following specialties evaluate and treat alcohol withdrawal:

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Last Updated: Jun 3, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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