During pandemics, such as the COVID-19 pandemic, it can be challenging to offer care to vulnerable populations, especially those experiencing alcohol withdrawal. CADTH conducted a Rapid Response on the clinical effectiveness of using gabapentin, phenobarbital, diazepam, or lorazepam to treat alcohol withdrawal. This report also searched for evidence-based guidelines for treating alcohol withdrawal in the emergency department, and evidence-based guidelines for providing addiction services to vulnerable populations experiencing alcohol withdrawal during a pandemic. While no guidelines were identified regarding managing alcohol withdrawal during a pandemic, literature was identified regarding pharmaceutical options for treating alcohol withdrawal. Guidelines for treating alcohol withdrawal in the emergency department were also identified.

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Gabapentin, Phenobarbital, Diazepam, and Lorazepam for the Treatment of Alcohol Withdrawal: Clinical Effectiveness and Guidelines

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