Table 1

Pharmacological treatments and outcomes favoured by clinicians

Study

Favored regimen

Number of Doctors


USA 1999 [15]

Haloperidol + lorazepam +/- benztropine

11/20

Droperidol

4/20

Benzodiazepine (unspecified) alone

3/20

Droperidol + lorazepam + diphenhydramine

1/20

Haloperidol + benztropine

1/20

Use of physical restraints

Common

14/20

Usually not used

6/20

Route of administration

Preferred IM or IV

14/20

Preferred IM

3/20

Unknown

3/20


UK 1994 [4]

Chlorpromazine

14/28

Haloperidol

8/28

Haloperidol + chlorpromazine

2/28

Droperidol

1/28

'Neuroleptic'

1/28

Haloperidol + diazepam

1/28

Haloperidol + lorazepam

1/28

Desired end point

Sedated but mobile

12/28

Not sedated but calm

9/28

Asleep

7/28

Route of administration

Preferred IM

26/28

Preferred IV

2/28


Huf et al. BMC Psychiatry 2002 2:4   doi:10.1186/1471-244X-2-4

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