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Tijdschrift voor Psychiatrie 52 (2010) 6, 411 - 416

Case report

Life threatening symptoms of withdrawal of gamma-hydroxybutyrate

S.R.T. Veerman, H.N. Dijkstra, I. Liefting-Kluft

summary
Acute psychosis and extreme agitation brought about by gamma-hydroxybutyrate (ghb) withdrawal can be life-threatening. In order to prevent states of excitement accompanied by aggression and somatic complications it is advisable to intervene by administering strong sedatives. It is argued that ghb should be tapered off as an alternative treatment for fixation and high doses of benzodiazepines.


keywords clinical management, dependence, gamma-hydroxybutyrate, withdrawal