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Alcohol Withdrawal Syndrome

Lemon, Stephen J. Jr PharmD; Winstead, P. Shane PharmD; Weant, Kyle A. PharmD, BCPS

Section Editor(s): Weant, Kyle A. PharmD, BCPS

Advanced Emergency Nursing Journal: January-March 2010 - Volume 32 - Issue 1 - p 20–27
doi: 10.1097/TME.0b013e3181cae050

Alcohol withdrawal syndrome is a significant problem that can complicate underlying disease states and lead to serious clinical consequences. The recognition of the early signs and symptoms of this syndrome, as well as the identification of those at highest risk for developing it, is crucial for effective prevention and management. Multiple pharmacotherapy options exist, and therapy should be guided on the basis of patient-specific factors and clinical presentation. The optimal care of these patients is dependent on a multidisciplinary approach to provide appropriate evaluation, treatment, and follow-up.

Department of Pharmacy Services, University of Kentucky HealthCare, and Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science, University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy, Lexington.

Corresponding Author: Kyle A. Weant, PharmD, BCPS, 800 Rose St, Room H109A, Lexington, KY 40536 (

© 2010 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.