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What meds will I see geriatric vs adolescent?

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Specializes in med surg ltc psych. Has 3 years experience.

I will be starting a two week orientation prior to going on the floor as a nurse at a psych hospital that has 8 floors. Starting with child to adolescent to adult to geriatric, CD and detox floors. I do not know at this point in time which floor I will be placed on. So, experienced psych nurses, would you be able to share some "commonly given" meds on an adolescent floor compared to a geriatric floor. Thanx in advance. :nurse:

Actually, there's a lot less variation than you'd think -- except that you'll probably see lots of stimulants (for ADHD) with kids, and lots of the various anti-Alzheimer's drugs (not that they seem to do anything) in gero. Other than that, both age groups get the full range of psych meds ordered.

Meriwhen, ASN, BSN, RN

Specializes in Psych ICU, addictions.

Also, you'll probaby see a lot less of the benzos on the adolescent floor. At our facility, we use Vistaril and Benadryl for anxiety for the kids.