Managing Substance-Related Agitation

Topics: Agitation | Substance Use Disorder | Withdrawal

In emergency departments, psychiatrists are often consulted on patients presenting with agitation. In many cases, these patients are under the influence of substances—either from intoxication or withdrawal. It is important to recognize when a patient is under these effects, as acute management of the agitation will vary drastically depending on which

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Clinical Update

Nuedexta in Agitated Dementia

Topics: Agitation | Dementia | Generics | Nuedexta | Pharmaceutical Industry | pseudobulbar affect

Treating agitation in dementia is no easy task. Behavioral interventions are first line, but they are difficult to implement and often insufficient. Psychotropics show modest benefits, but they are prone to causing adverse events. Benzodiazepines can precipitate falls, disinhibition, and confusion. Antipsychotics have a black box warning about an increa

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