TITLE

COMMENTARY: Review: Sedative -- hypnotic agents reduce mortality and duration of delirium in the alcohol withdrawal syndrome

AUTHOR(S)
Fernandes, Christopher M.B.
PUB. DATE
January 2005
SOURCE
ACP Journal Club;Jan/Feb2005, Vol. 142 Issue 1, p4
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article reports that sedative hypnotic agents reduce mortality and duration of delirium in the alcohol withdrawal syndrome. Clinical practice suggests that the importance of alcohol withdrawal delirium may be underrecognized, thus delaying effective treatment, which should be rapid and closely monitored. Although benzodiazepines are first-line treatment, questions remain about specific drug selection, dosage and administration route. Further research questions on alcohol withdrawal delirium include the use of such ancillary medications as magnesium, thiamine and multivitamin supplements.
ACCESSION #
15851764

 

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