Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Fact of the day: Paradoxical agitation with benzodiazepines

Benzodiazepines frequently are administered to patients to induce sedation.

Paradoxical reactions to benzodiazepines, characterized by increased talkativeness, emotional release, excitement, and excessive movement, are relatively uncommon and occur in less than 1% of patients.

The exact mechanism of paradoxical reactions remains unclear. 

It is important to be aware of this side effect because increasing the dose of benzodiazepine would worsen the condition.

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