What is the role of medications in the emergency department (ED) treatment of delirium, dementia, and amnesia?

Updated: Sep 19, 2018
  • Author: Richard D Shin, MD; Chief Editor: Gil Z Shlamovitz, MD, FACEP  more...
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Medications typically used in the ED treatment of delirium or acute mental status changes include sedatives, neuroleptics and specific antidotes. Other drugs may be useful in treating specific etiologies uncovered in the workup. The medications outlined here are used for acute behavioral changes.


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