Delirium Tremens Treatment

Can this condition be treated? What Delirium Tremens treatment options are available? Learn more below about the current treatments available to patients.

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How to Treat Delirium Tremens


Treatment can be difficult. DTs are likely to last for 5-7 days regardless of the therapy used. Clearing of DTs may begin in 12-24 hours, but may take up to 2-10 days. Treatment for alcohol abuse is necessary once DTs are under control.

Treatment may include:

Medication

Medicines may include:

  • Sedatives (such as benzodiazepines) to:
    • Calm agitation
    • Ease withdrawal symptoms
  • Aspirin or acetaminophen to lower fever

Vitamins and Fluids

Severe, life-threatening vitamin deficiency or Dehydration may accompany DTs. Treatment may include:

  • Intravenous fluids, magnesium, and glucose
  • Intravenous doses of vitamin C and B-complex vitamins, including thiamin and folic acid

Rehabilitation

Treatment for alcohol abuse may be done in a hospital setting or while living at home. It may involve individual or group therapy. Many people seek support by participating in groups, like Alcoholics Anonymous (AA).

If you are diagnosed as experiencing DTs, follow your doctor's instructions.



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