delirium tremens

The delirium tremens - A state of confusion accompanied by trembling and vivid hallucinations. It usually arises in chronic alcoholics after withdrawal or abstinence from alcohol.

Early symptoms include restlessness, agitation, trembling, and sleeplessness. The person may then develop a rapid heartbeat, fever, and dilation of the pupils. Sweating, confusion, hallucinations, and convulsions may also occur.

Treatment consists of rest, rehydration, and sedation. Vitamin injections, particularly of thiamine (see vitamin B complex), may be given, as some symptoms are linked to thiamine deficiency.


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