Quote from john146504
HA cocktail. Haldol and ativan. Antipsychotic with a sedative.
Often diphenhydramine (Benadryl) or benztropine (Cogentin) is included with H&A, for the sedative effects as well as to prevent EPS.
Ziprasidone (Geodon) is often used as an emergency med.
Oh yes...emergency psych meds are almost always given IM. They work somewhat faster when given IM (no need to worry about food slowing absorption), as well as being unable to be regurgitated if planted deep in a muscle.
Sometimes emergency meds are offered PO, but if the situation has escalated to the point that emergency meds are needed, the time for POs has pretty much passed.