How are the psychiatric manifestations of cocaine toxicity treated?

Updated: Sep 01, 2018
  • Author: Lynn Barkley Burnett, MD, EdD, LLB(c); Chief Editor: Sage W Wiener, MD  more...
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Individuals using cocaine expect to become euphoric, energetic, and confident. However, with large doses or prolonged use, they may become agitated, anxious, or panicky. A wild, combative patient intoxicated with cocaine may be sedated with lorazepam or midazolam, both of which can be adequately absorbed via the intramuscular route if intravenous access is unobtainable.

Given the contradictory literature about butyrophenones that was previously addressed, attempt to avoid use of antipsychotics because they may confuse the clinical picture, exacerbate anticholinergic crisis, lower the seizure threshold, or cause a dystonic reaction.


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