What is the Treatment of Psychosis Related to Delirium?

  • Delirium is generally caused by an acute medical condition.
  • These symptoms should improve once the underlying condition is treated. However, during this process, additional measures are sometimes necessary to reduce unsafe and problematic behavior.
  • These measures are commonly performed in a hospital or inpatient setting.
  • Medications can be prescribed to calm an agitated or aggressive patient.
  • Although these medications can be quite helpful, they can also produce serious side effects in elderly individuals. Two medications frequently used include lorazepam (Ativan ®) and haloperidol (Haldol ®), although Seroquel could also be beneficial.
  • Again, haloperidol should be avoided in patients with PD when at all possible. In addition to medications, temporary physical restraints may be applied by some facilities. This is a controversial issue that should be closely monitored by the patient’s family.


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Medical content reviewed by: Nina Browner, MD—Medical Director of the NPF Center of Excellence at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in North Carolina and by Fernando Pagan, MD—Medical Director of the NPF Center of Excellence at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, D.C.

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