The client diagnosed with delirium tremens when trying to quit drinking cold turkey is admitted to the medical unit. Which medications would the nurse anticipate administering?
A. Thiamine (Vit B-6) and librium, a benzodiazepine.
B. Dilantin, an anticonvulsant, and Feosol, an iron preparation.
C. Methadone, a synthetic narcotic, and Depakote, a mood stabilizer.
D. Mannitol, an osmotic diuretic, and Ritalin, a stimulant.
Answer: (A) Thiamine is given in high doses to decrease the rebound effect on the nervous system as it adjusts to the absence of alcohol, and a benzodiazepine is given in high doses and titrated down over several days for the tranquilizing effect to prevent delirium tremens. C is the treatment for heroin withdrawal and D would produce an undesired effect since it is a stimulant.