Alcohol Withdrawal

Sudden stopping of heavy alcoholism as an effort to quit after a prolonged period of regular consumption leads to alcohol withdrawal. This is due to alcohol dependency. This presents with shaky hands, headache, sweating, anxiety, hallucinations, seizures, rapid heartbeat, insomnia, fatigue, high blood pressure, etc. Delirium tremens is the severe alcohol withdrawal syndrome characterized by extreme confusion, fever, agitation, seizures, and auditory and visual hallucinations. Benzodiazepines are given for their treatment. Deaddiction programs at home or centers can reverse the situation.

Recently Answered Questions Recently Answered Questions

All the answers published in this website are written by verified medical doctors, therapists and health experts. The Content has been moderated by iCliniq medical review team before publication. Post your medical clarifications on iCliniq by choosing the right specialty and get them answered. Your medical queries will be answered 24/7 by top doctors from iCliniq.

How will I maintain sobriety after consuming alcohol for many years?

Query: Hello doctor, I have been consuming 300 ml of hard liquor on a daily basis for the past five years. However, I have stopped drinking for the past seven days, also experiencing difficulty in sleeping and loss of appetite from the past two days. While things have become more manageable, I am curious...  Read Full »

Dr. Seikhoo Bishnoi

Answer: Hello,Welcome to read your query and can understand your concern.You have successfully completed the acute phase of alcohol withdrawal. However, in order to prevent the onset of delayed withdrawal symptoms, it is important to navigate the maintenance phase of sobriety. The symptoms suc...  Read Full »

I have reduced my dependency on alcohol and have been taking medications for the same. Can I take all the medicines together?

Query: Hello doctor, I have reduced my dependency on alcohol. The usage has dropped from more than 16 units per day to just three units. Should I stop now or should I continue to taper? I have also been prescribed three medications for the same. 1) Zopiclone for sleep. 2) Pregabalin for the nervous system ...  Read Full »

Dr. Darshan Kanani

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I went through your query and understood your concern. It is good to hear that you have taken steps to reduce your alcohol intake, and it is important to do so gradually to minimize the risk of withdrawal symptoms. And regarding medications, they all come with their re...  Read Full »

Is it advisable to consume alcohol with my medicines?

Query: Hi doctor, I am suffering from the following symptoms. Left lower abdomen pain, constant mushy stools (twice had blood), constant watery stools, heart twitches a couple of times a day, abdomen hurts more when I sit or lay down. I am a chronic alcoholic. I have searched in the internet resources and ...  Read Full »

Dr. Sadaf Mustafa

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Lorazepam should not be taken with alcohol since both can cause respiratory suppression if you over do it.Having said that this is the drug of choice to treat alcohol withdrawal symptoms. It has a short half life, so requires multiple doses in a day.I would suggest tap...  Read Full »

I was covid positive two months back, after which I have had foamy urine, which is not subsiding despite taking medications. Does this indicate kidney disease?

Query: Hello doctor, I had COVID-19 before two months. I was prescribed Paxlovid but I was also taking Tylenol and Ibuprofen. I had been drinking alcohol quite profusely almost every night for quite sometime before that. Once prescribed, I started noticing that my urine was dark orange no matter how much w...  Read Full »

Dr. Yash Kathuria

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Thank you for your query. Your eGFR and creatinine levels are normal, and protein in urine is 4 mg which is also completely normal. It is not the protein in the urine that is causing frothy urine. Sometimes post-exercise, infections and rapid urination may cause frothi...  Read Full »

I consume a lot of alcohol and I want to overcome this. What should be done?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 21-year-old married female. I have been suffering from anger and anxiety issues since last one year. I also did online counseling which benefitted me a lot. Now my anger and anxiety are under control. But during the time when my problem was at its peak, I developed a liking f...  Read Full »

Dr. Prashanth. B

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I went through your query and appreciate you for realizing the problem and being motivated to quit. Counseling will help you along with the following.Relaxation exercise. When the temptation is at peak, drink juice or water full stomach. Divert your mind to other acti...  Read Full »

I am taking medications for alcohol withdrawal and have been to the hospital a few times. Would you suggest trying alcohol withdrawal at home?

Query: Hello doctor, I was wondering if it is possible to detox from alcohol at home. I do not want to return to the hospital and have not had any alcohol in a few days. Unfortunately, I have relapsed ten times in the past year and a half. I started drinking again about six months ago, I have been in the h...  Read Full »

Dr. Mahmoud Ahmed Abdelrahman Abouibrahim

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Along with folic acid and vitamin B, two medications should be taken: the first is the tablet Acamprosate which reduces craving, and the second is the tablet Disulfiram which gives you the unpleasant taste of alcohol. Discuss with your doctor before taking any medicatio...  Read Full »

Are my weakness and confusion due to low sugar or stroke?

Query: Hello doctor,I am suddenly feeling faint, weak, shaking, confused, and as if moving in slow motion. It has been going on for nearly 24 hours. Is this low blood sugar or stroke?  Read Full »

Dr. Sadaf Mustafa

Answer: Hello, Welcome to This could be a sign of: Dehydration. Urinary tract infection. Excessive fatigue. Alcohol. Marijuana and other substances intoxication or withdrawal. Postictal state (seizure). Electrolyte disturbances. Others would also include infection of the central nervous syst...  Read Full »

Can tactile hallucination occur due to alcohol abstinence?

Query: Hi doctor, I have schizophrenia for more than 25 years. I had Clozapine for 15 years and now I am on Aripiprazole. I stayed away from alcohol for eight years. Before six months, I had alcohol once. Now, I am having some tactile hallucination. Is it due to alcohol abstinence? Will it disappear?  Read Full »

Dr. Nidhi Jain

Answer: Hi, Welcome to If you are abstinent for the last eight years, then tactile hallucinations are not due to alcohol intoxication or alcohol withdrawal. It means, it is due to your illness schizophrenia. Are you on any antipsychotic now? Revert back with the answer to the above questio...  Read Full »

What is the treatment for alcohol and smoking addiction?

Query: Hello doctor, My husband is addicted to alcohol and smoking. What treatment is recommended?  Read Full »

Dr. Anshul Varshney

Answer: Hi, Welcome to First of all, treatment for alcohol addiction and smoking is a self-decision and self-will. If he is willing to stop, you can get help from de-addiction centers for medicines. To reduce alcohol cravings, I would suggest Acamprosate (synthetic amino acid) and Etizolam f...  Read Full »

I have anxiety and a concussion. Kindly help.

Query: Hi doctor, How long will anxiety with a concussion last? I am on day ten, and it seems like I am only slightly better. I am not sure if it is alcohol withdrawal, and I am nervous in public. I have taken Xanax (Alprazolam) 0.25 mg for the past week.  Read Full »

Dr. Aida Abaz Quka

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I can understand your concern, and post-concussion symptoms usually last a couple of weeks, but sometimes headaches and mood disorders or vertigo can last for months. If you have a loss of balance, drowsiness, or persistent headaches, I would recommend consulting wit...  Read Full »

ask-doctor-img Ask a Doctor Online

* Your first query consult is free!

Search for a Health Issue

Disclaimer: No content published on this website is intended to be a substitute for professional medical diagnosis, advice or treatment by a trained physician. Seek advice from your physician or other qualified healthcare providers with questions you may have regarding your symptoms and medical condition for a complete medical diagnosis. Do not delay or disregard seeking professional medical advice because of something you have read on this website. Read our Editorial Process to know how we create content for health articles and queries.