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.

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I am an alcoholic, and I want to quit or reduce the intake of alcohol. Can you please help?

Query: Hi doctor, I feel empty. I do not have any significant issues in life. I am sixteen years old and struggling to finish my studies. I do not want to be a burden to my friends and family. Around three months back, I got in touch with this guy who introduced me to drinking and smoking habits. Now I fe...  Read Full »


Dr. Vishal Anilkumar Gandhi

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. You may have alcohol use disorder. It is challenging to manage alcohol withdrawal without medications as you are used to high alcohol intake. You need to start medications immediately. Thanks and regards.  Read Full »

Do all my symptoms occur due to alcohol neuropathy or back injury?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 31 years old, who weighs 160 lbs and 5.10 feet tall. I drink alcohol on and off since I was 18 years old. Once I got back from deployment, I drank pretty hard with friends. I would say 3 to 8 beers every other night and then 12 to 16 on weekends. I quit drinking cold turkey a mo...  Read Full »


Dr. Hitesh Kumar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. After quitting alcohol, many patients get alcohol withdrawal symptoms, but that usually develops within a week of quitting alcohol. Chest tightness and racing heart can be because of some cardiac problem like rhythm disturbance or ischemic heart disease, or it can a...  Read Full »

How to come out of alcohol withdrawal symptoms?

Query: Hi doctor, I got discharged from the hospital on Monday after detoxification of alcohol. I felt good when I was discharged, but gradually it got worse. I am feeling weak and nauseous with headaches and dizziness. Kindly help.  Read Full »


Dr. Arpit Varshney

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have read your concern and will help you out. The symptoms you are experiencing are due to alcohol withdrawal. Since you have been consuming alcohol for long, your body has developed a dependence on it. Your brain has developed a habit of working under alcohol infl...  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 icliniq.com. 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 »

Can alcohol cause behavioral changes and redness of eyes?

Query: Hello doctor, My 45-year-old father is an alcohol addict. His weight is 80 kg, and his height is 175 cm. He has been consuming alcohol for the last two to three years. As a result, he has got behavioral changes, red eyes, and he always feels tired. I have found two medicines Disulfiram and Sulfur 2...  Read Full »


Dr. Vishal Anilkumar Gandhi

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I can understand your problem and situation. It is really hard for a family member to deal with this problem. Your father needs to get admission to a rehabilitation center or hospital under a psychiatrist for alcohol use disorder. You must not give any medication withou...  Read Full »

Could alcohol drinking cause AF?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 23 years old. I had alcohol induced AF after consuming vodka. I consumed roughly the same amount two nights before. AF seemed to start after vomiting. I was cardioverted after 12 hours. I was informed by the doctor that this was alcohol induced. He advised me to avoid alcohol for a m...  Read Full »


Dr. Amiya Kumar Chattopadhyay

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. You were told by the attending cardiologist who did cardioversion, a life-saving measure, to avoid alcohol as it precipitates another AF (atrial fibrillation) especially after vomiting. Please say no to alcohol as AF can recur again and not safe for you. It is unlikely to...  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 icliniq.com. 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 act...  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 icliniq.com. 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 t...  Read Full »

What is Wellbutrin honeymoon period?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 28 years old with height 5'8", weight 120 kg, and married. I have been suffering from anxiety and depression for the past 12 years. One day I was driving to college and suddenly got a panic attack all of a sudden for the first time. I was really scared and thought I would die. I ...  Read Full »


Dr. Ramchandra Lamba

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have gone through your problem and understand your concern. The doses of Wellbutrin (Bupropion) are towards higher side and dose of Seroxat CR (Paroxetine) is towards lower side, while benzodiazepine is also towards higher side, but it can be gradually tapered to lowe...  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 icliniq.com. 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 cen...  Read Full »

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