Use of high dose benzodiazepines in alcohol and sedative withdrawal delirium

Elisabeth J.S. Kunkel, Carla Rodgers, Peter A. DeMaria, Daniel Holleran, Jeanette Zaimes, Charles Gray, Ruth Zager, Susan M. Hall, Howard L. Field

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Abstract

The authors describe two patients who required massive doses of benzodiazepines to treat complicated alcohol and sedative withdrawal delirium. Some of the factors that contribute to difficulties in management are discussed. Finally, we describe the advantages and disadvantages of high dose pharmacologic management and controversies regarding psychopharmacologic management of such complex patients.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)286-293
Number of pages8
JournalGeneral Hospital Psychiatry
Volume19
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 1 1997

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  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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Kunkel, E. J. S., Rodgers, C., DeMaria, P. A., Holleran, D., Zaimes, J., Gray, C., ... Field, H. L. (1997). Use of high dose benzodiazepines in alcohol and sedative withdrawal delirium. General Hospital Psychiatry, 19(4), 286-293. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0163-8343(97)00021-2