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Benzodiazepines should still be first-line treatment for alcohol withdrawal

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In this review, we summarize the evidence for benzodiazepines and barbiturates as alcohol withdrawal treatment and outline a treatment guideline. A number of randomized controlled trials (RCTs) indicate that benzodiazepine treatment decreases alcohol withdrawal seizures and is safe. For barbiturates, only a few RCTs have been undertaken, and barbiturates were not found to be superior to benzodiazepines. Consequently, we suggest that benzodiazepines should still be first-line treatment for alcohol withdrawal.

Translated title of the contributionBenzodiazepines should still be first-line treatment for alcohol withdrawal
Original languageDanish
JournalUgeskrift for Laeger
Volume179
Issue number3
Pages (from-to)V07160465
ISSN0041-5782
Publication statusPublished - 16 Jan 2017

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  • English Abstract, Journal Article

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