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Does Hydroxyzine help to deal with alcohol withdrawal symptoms?

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Posted on Mon, 7 May 2018 in Mental Health
Question: Hello I am an alcoholic, I just got out of detox last week, I am taking hydroxyzine it seem to help with cravings and my anxiety do you have any suggestions or know of any other non narcotic non barbiturate meds that may help get me through the first couple of months?
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Brief Answer:
Baclofen or acaprosate can be used

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I read your query and understand your concerns.

Although there are multiple options for reduction of alcohol craving but I think acamprosate and baclofen scores better when it comes to non narcotic and non benzodiazepine medication. Among the above two choices acamproasate have better properties as it acts on NMDA receptors while the Baclofen uses the same receptors used by barbiturates.

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