Delirium tremens (DTs) primarily occurs during alcohol withdrawal and involves sudden and severe mental or nervous system changes. Withdrawal from barbiturates, cocaine, even caffeine can also cause delirium tremens.
The most severe form of delirium tremens occurs after a period of heavy drinking, especially if you do not eat enough food. It also affects people who have had an alcohol habit or alcoholism for more than 10 years.
The symptoms of delirium tremens are many and include body tremors, changes in mental function including hallucinations and delirium, confusion and disorientation are common. Chest pain, fever and stomach pain are typical.
Seizures can also occur and are very serious. At this point delirium tremens is a medical emergency, and proper medical treatment needs to be sought out immediately.
Depending on the severity of this condition, the goals of treatment are to save the person's life, relieve symptoms and prevent complications.