Hypoactive delirium

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  1. firedoor

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    May antipsychotics help alleviate anxiety associated with with hypoactive delirium?

    And is there a place for psychostimulants when the underlying cause is terminal? Or even benzodiazepines (for anxiety) despite their general contraindication in delirium?
     
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    In regards to those situations, you're generally operating without substantial evidence, but antipsychotics can decrease anxiety and potentially cause akathisia; benzos can reduce anxiety and induce disinhibition and worsening anxiety/confusion, and stimulants can help the dysphoria and apathy that can be part of a terminal delirium, but most MD's are wary of using stimulants in a delirium since they can probably worsen the other symptoms.
     

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