Day 16: Withdrawal Seizures


Withdrawal seizures are unrelated to epilepsy and occur alongside sudden withdrawal of drugs particularly barbiturates and benzodiazepines, and/or alcohol.  For those withdrawing from alcohol, they are likely to happen in what is known as stage 3 which is approximately 72 plus hours after the last drink.

The seizures themselves will take the form of tonic clonic seizures lasting up to 3 minutes possibly longer and as with all tonic clonics, regular seizure protocol should be followed.

Withdrawal seizures are a more severe side effect of substance abuse withdrawal.  It is worth taking into account that everybody is different as are individual circumstances; therefore, each person’s response during withdrawal will not necessarily bring seizures, it is just one of the symptoms both doctor and addict should be aware of.



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