Topic Overview

Antianxiety medicines can help control some
withdrawal symptoms during
detoxification. Examples of these medicines

  • Chlordiazepoxide
  • Diazepam (Valium).
  • Lorazepam (Ativan).
  • Oxazepam (Serax).

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.)

Related Information


ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer E. Gregory Thompson, MD – Internal Medicine
Adam Husney, MD – Family Medicine
Martin J. Gabica, MD – Family Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer Peter Monti, PhD – Alcohol and Addiction
Christine R. Maldonado, PhD – Behavioral Health

Current as ofOctober 9, 2017