- What It Is
- Risk Factors
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How to Treat Delirium
Delirium is first treated by identifying and treating the underlying cause. Then, symptoms are treated through medicine, psychological management, and environmental and supportive intervention.
Treatments may include:
Drugs used to treat symptoms of delirium include:
- High potency antipsychotic medicines (eg, haloperidol [Haldol])
- Benzodiazepines-used to treat delirium caused by alcohol withdrawal
- Cholinergic medicines-used to treat delirium caused by anticholinergic medicines, which are used to treat stomach cramps and spasms in the intestines and bladder, among other treatments
- Vitamins-given if the delirium is caused by a deficiency
If you are taking medicines that are worsening your confusion, then your doctor may stop these.
This type of therapy involves helping the patient to:
- Feel more safe and comfortable
- Identify the cause of the delirium
- Improve the ability to function
- Calm down and feel less Anxiety
Environmental and Supportive Intervention
This type of treatment can be done by doctors, nurses, or caretakers. It is aimed at reorienting you to the surroundings and reducing anxiety. It can involve actions, such as:
- Placing a clock and calendar in your room
- Darkening the room at night and providing natural light during the day time hours
- Maintaining a quiet, noise-free room
- Reminding you often of the day and time, where you are, and why you are there
- Placing familiar objects around you (eg, family photographs or objects from home)
What It Is
Learn the basics of this condition. Find out what you're dealing with.
What causes Delirium? Learn what the medical community has uncovered.
Are you at risk of getting Delirium? Inside you'll find known risk factors for the condition.
How will your doctor diagnose you with this condition? Learn about the tests, process, and more.
What are the Delirium symptoms? Are you showing any? Learn more today.
Can this condition lead to other health problems? Learn more about the known complications.
Learn more about the specific tests or exams given by your doctor to screen for Delirium.
What medications offer relief or help with this condition? Are there side effects? Risks? Learn more.
How can you prevent Delirium? Read what the medical community suggests for prevention methods.
Can this condition be treated? What Delirium treatment options are available?
Learn more about the day to day care of this condition. Changes to your activity, diet, exercise, and more.
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