Emplify Podcast | Sedative-Hypnotic Withdrawal

Sedative-Hypnotic Drug Withdrawal Syndrome: Recognition and Treatment

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Welcome back to another episode of EMplify, the podcast corollary to EB Medicine’s Emergency Medicine Practice. This month, we’ll be talking about sedative-hypnotics. Specifically, we’ll be talking about sedative-hypnotic drug withdrawal syndromes, both the recognition of such syndromes and their appropriate treatment. 

This episode’s content was curated by Cynthia Santos, MD, of Emory University Hospital and Ruben Olmedo, MD, who is director of the division of toxicology at Mount Sinai Hospital. Don’t miss it! 


  • Why EB Medicine chose this topic 
  • Pathophysiology of sedative-hypnotic drug withdrawal syndromes 
  • Specific sedative hypnotic classes 
  • Toxicologic syndromes’ differential subcategories 
  • Prehospital care 
  • Initial ED management 
  • Emergency department diagnostic studies 
  • Treatment 
  • Different classes of medications 
  • Controversies 
  • Quick rundown of the key take-home points 
  • Bonus: Interview with Dr. Cynthia Santos 

Links and Resources: 

Sedative-Hypnotic Drug Withdrawal Syndrome: Recognition And Treatment  http://bit.ly/2mp4mAR 

Alcohol Withdrawal Syndrome: Improving Outcomes Through Early Identification And Aggressive Treatment Strategies (Critical Care Issue)http://bit.ly/2mWN8hp 

Current Guidelines For The Management Of Acute Alcohol Withdrawal In The Emergency Department  http://bit.ly/2nkBM7H 

Emory University Hospital - https://www.emoryhealthcare.org/locations/hospitals/emory-university-hospital/ 

Mount Sinai Hospital - http://www.mountsinai.org/locations/mount-sinai 

16th Annual Clinical Decision Making in Emergency Medicine - http://clinicaldecisionmaking.com/ 

Hosts: Nachi Gupta, MD, PhD; Jeff Nusbaum, MD


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Publication Information

Cynthia Santos, MD; Ruben E. Olmedo, MD

Publication Date

March 1, 2017

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