Drug dosages for severe agitation

• Chlorpromazine — 12.5 mg by slow IV bolus. Repeat, doubling dose, every 10-15 until effect. May need up to 100 mg. For regular prescription, give qds.

• Haloperidol — 2.5 mg by slow iIV bolus. Repeat, doubling dose, every 10-15 minutes until effect. For regular prescription, give qds.

• Midazolam/diazepam — 2-5 mg by slow IV bolus.

NB beware excessive central and respiratory depression with the above agents

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