What is the role of esmolol and midazolam in the treatment of delirium tremens (DTs)?

Updated: Nov 06, 2020
  • Author: Michael James Burns, MD, FACEP, FACP, FIDSA; Chief Editor: Michael R Pinsky, MD, CM, Dr(HC), FCCP, FAPS, MCCM  more...
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Drugs such as esmolol and midazolam, which have a short half-life and rapid onset of action, can be administered by continuous IV infusion and have been used in critically ill patients with DTs. Clinical studies have not shown them to be superior, or even equal, in overall effectiveness compared with longer-acting agents.


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