Use of propofol as adjuvant therapy in refractory delirium tremens

Rajiv Mahajan, Rakendra Singh, Pir Dutta Bansal, Ranju Bala
Industrial Psychiatry Journal 2010, 19 (1): 58-9
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Delirium tremens is recognized as a potentially fatal and debilitating complication of alcohol withdrawal. Use of sedatives, particularly benzodiazepines, is the cornerstone of therapy for delirium tremens. But sometimes, very heavy doses of benzodiazepines are required to control delirious symptoms. We are reporting one such case of delirium tremens, which required very heavy doses of benzodiazepines and was ultimately controlled by using infusion of propofol. Thus propofol should always be considered as an option to treat patients with resistant delirium tremens.

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