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Editor's Correspondence
February 14, 2005

Pharmacotherapy of Alcohol Withdrawal Delirium in Patients Admitted to a General Hospital

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Copyright 2005 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.2005

Arch Intern Med. 2005;165(3):346. doi:10.1001/archinte.165.3.346-a

Mayo-Smith et al1 have provided an important guideline for the management of alcohol withdrawal delirium in hospitalized patients with alcohol dependence. Based on thorough examination of the literature, they recommend benzodiazepines as the first line of treatment because “these drugs reduce mortality, reduce the duration of symptoms, and are associated with fewer complications compared with neuroleptic agents.”1