Clonidine in the treatment of alcohol withdrawal in the intensive care unit

P C Ip Yam, A Forbes, W J Kox

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We present two cases of patients with a past history of alcohol abuse admitted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) for treatment of respiratory problems, after multiple trauma and after sub-total colectomy, respectively. In both patients, features of alcohol withdrawal were prominent after sedation had been discontinued. Both were treated successfully with an infusion of clonidine.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)106-108
Number of pages3
JournalBritish Journal of Anaesthesia
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1992


  • Acute Disease
  • Aged
  • Clonidine
  • Colectomy
  • Critical Care
  • Ethanol
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Multiple Trauma
  • Respiration, Artificial
  • Substance Withdrawal Syndrome
  • Surgical Wound Dehiscence

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