Quetiapine effective and relatively safe for delirium

This systematic review found quetiapine was more effective than placebo and as effective as haloperidol in reducing the duration of delirium, and is associated with fewer extrapyramidal side effects than the first generation antipsychotics. Quetiapine is a reasonable first line choice for reducing the duration of hospital acquired delirium (abstract).

Danielle Scheurer

Dr. Scheurer is a clinical hospitalist and the Medical Director of Quality and Safety at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina, and is Assistant Professor of Medicine. She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, completed her residency at Duke University, and completed her Masters in Clinical Research at the Medical University of South Carolina. She also serves as the Web Editor and Physician Advisor for the Society of Hospital Medicine.

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