Anticonvulsants for the treatment of alcohol withdrawal syndrome and alcohol use disorders.

Abstract

Alcoholic patients suffer from harmful allostatic neuroplastic changes in the brain causing an acute withdrawal syndrome upon cessation of drinking followed by a protracted abstinence syndrome and an increased risk of relapse to heavy drinking. Benzodiazepines have long been the treatment of choice for detoxifying patients and managing alcohol withdrawal… (More)
DOI: 10.1007/s40263-015-0240-4

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