These medicines work by
depressing the central nervous system. Antianxiety medicines are usually safe to treat alcohol withdrawal. But they
are not given over a long period of time, because they can become addictive.
Side effects can include drowsiness, dry mouth, and urinary
retention. If you are an older adult or have liver disease, talk with your
doctor before using these medicines.
For more information about antianxiety medicines, see Drug Reference.
(Drug Reference is not available in all systems.)
ByHealthwise Staff Primary Medical ReviewerE. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine Timothy R. Stockwell, PhD Specialist Medical ReviewerPeter Monti, PhD - Alcohol and Addiction Christine R. Maldonado, PhD - Behavioral Health