What is included in emergency department (ED) care for medication-induced dystonic reactions?

Updated: Feb 19, 2018
  • Author: John Michael Kowalski, DO; Chief Editor: David Vearrier, MD, MPH  more...
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Emergency interventions other than pharmacologic treatment rarely are required.

Securing the airway is rarely necessary. Laryngeal and pharyngeal dystonic reactions may place the patient at risk of imminent respiratory arrest.

Pharmacologic treatment, typically with anticholinergic agents, resolves the reaction.


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