CNS AND ALCOHOLIC DISORDER DELIRIUM TREMENS

27 Apr 2019

A psychotic symptom condition that typically occurs mainly due to the withdrawal of consumption in chronic alcoholics is called as DT or Delirium Tremens. DT occurs when a person suddenly stops or reduces the alcohol consumption, not taking enough food, or affected by an infection. Excessive alcohol affects the Central nervous system. If a person drinks alcohol regularly, the body becomes dependent on it and affects the brain’s neurotransmitters by suppressing the brain. When there is a sudden stop in drinking or reduction in the consumption level, the Alcohol Withdrawal Delirium occurs. The symptoms are confusion, anxiety, delusion, tremors, fatigue, restlessness, nightmares, and seizures. It happens after two days of last drink. The delirium has four stages: 6-12 hours after the last drink is the first stage, 12-24 hours is stage 2, and 24-48 hours is stage three, with 48-72 hours being the fourth stage. For delirium, the intensive care unit is a must. The medications are Benzodiazepines with Diazepam and Lorazepam.

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