Diazepam loading for alcohol detoxification

Mark Hyatt, Todd Cheever, Rosalyn Eldot

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Fifty male alcoholic patients were detoxified by means of a modified diazepam loading technique, where diazepam dosing was linked to the degree of diazepam-induced intoxication and not to the presence of alcohol withdrawal symptoms. The average period of diazepam loading from onset of alcohol withdrawal was 8.7 ± 2.7 hours. The average amount of diazepam administered was 147 ± 46 mg. There were no diazepam intoxication- or alcohol withdrawal-related complications noted with this method. Orthostatic hypotension, as well as tremor, diaphoresis, tachycardia, and restlessness, were frequently found during alcohol withdrawal.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)354-358
Number of pages5
JournalAmerican Journal on Addictions
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1996

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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