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 Specialist Medical ReviewerPeter Monti, PhD – Alcohol and Addiction Christine R. Maldonado, PhD – Behavioral Health