You have a patient who reports that they drink a pint of vodka everyday. What signs or symptoms would you consider administering Ativan for?

 

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- Sweating

- Shaking

- Hallucinations

- Delusions

- Bradycardia

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Patients experiencing alcohol withdrawal are at risk for seizures. Signs and symptoms of alcohol withdrawal include sweating, tremors, nausea/vomting/diarrhea, tachycardia, hallucinations, and delusions. Many facilities will have a set of protocols to help you recognize and alcohol withdrawal. Tachycardia, rather than bradycardia, is noted with alcohol withdrawal.

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