Delirium Treatment

Can this condition be treated? What Delirium treatment options are available? Learn more below about the current treatments available to patients.


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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.

Psychological Management

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)


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