Emergency Psychiatric Medications - page 2
by edie1 9,449 Views | 31 Comments
Could someone tell me the most common medications used for psychiatric emergencies? I am guessing most of them are IM but the information I have found has been from a drug company or wikipedia and not sure I can entirely trust... Read More
- 1Apr 28, '13 by Meriwhen Senior ModeratorQuote from edie1That's because posts are sorted by time, not who you respond to. But don't sweat it, you're doing fineok apparently i am not smart enough for this site - I am trying to reply to all the assistance i got and my thank yous all end up at the bottom even thought i hit "reply." THEREFORE THANK YOU SO MUCH TO EVERYONE. I SOOO APPRECIATE THE HELP .
- 2Apr 29, '13 by Hygiene Queen GuideOften times, you will have a choice of a PO emergency med and an IM of the same med.
So, the goal is to attempt to have the pt take the PO first, then if that fails, you go with the IM.
Better to try and get the PO before things get too out-of-hand than having to do an IM, because usually by that time that means the pt has possibly escalated to the point of needing to be held down by staff... we like to try to avoid that.
In fact, good staff will do everything they can to try to redirect a pt to avoid having to use any emergency meds.
We use a lot of Haldol and Ativan. They can be given together in a single syringe-- hence it's known as "the cocktail".
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- 1Apr 30, '13 by Meriwhen Senior ModeratorQuote from mikenmimIf they're willing to go PO, we'll do the B52s in PO form. Or we'll go with Zydis and a benzo.Of course, if you can head off the emergency and your patient agrees to take po meds then everybody wins. My preferred po med is Haldol or Thorazine.