Management of alcohol withdrawal state in a patient with respiratory depression


  • Arathy Nathan Department of Psychiatry, Government Medical College, Thrissur
  • Arun Joy Department of Psychiatry, Government Medical College, Thrissur
  • Sebind Kumar Department of Psychiatry, Government Medical College, Thrissur
  • Harish M Tharayil Department of Psychiatry, Government Medical College, Thrissur



Alcohol, respiratory depression, carbamazepine, benzodiazepines


Alcohol withdrawal state is generally managed using benzodiazepines. In various studies, it was found that anticonvulsants, including oxcarbazepine, are as effective as benzodiazepines in managing alcohol withdrawal state. This case report highlights the efficacy of oxcarbazepine in acute alcohol withdrawal state where benzodiazepines were contraindicated due to respiratory depression. We report the case of managing alcohol withdrawal state in a 50-year-old male with respiratory depression.


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How to Cite

Nathan, A., A. Joy, S. Kumar, and H. M. Tharayil. “Management of Alcohol Withdrawal State in a Patient With Respiratory Depression”. Kerala Journal of Psychiatry, vol. 36, no. 2, Dec. 2023, pp. 135-7, doi:10.30834/KJP.36.2.2023.392.



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