Drugs That Treat Confusional States (Antidelirium Drugs)

Examples

Haloperidol - Delirium is a common problem in the intensive care unit and haloperidol is effective in its treatment.

Olanzapine - Useful drug in treatment of psychotic disorders.

Resperidone - Delirium is a common problem in the intensive care unit and resperidone is effective in its treatment.

What is an antidelirium drug?

Confusion (delirium) is very common in critically ill patients and can be a frightening experience. These drugs help to improve the delirium that a patient may experience in the ICU. They may also have a calming or sedating effect.

Why is it given?

The doctor prescribes this drug to decrease the patient's confusion.

How long is it used?

This drug is used only as long as the patient is confused.

Does it have side effects?

Some patients experience involuntary movements while on these medicines. Infrequently they may alter the ECG reading of the heart's electrical activity. These drugs may also be sedating. Serious side effects are unusual.