Intramuscular ziprasidone for acute agitation in adolescents

Emmeline Hazaray, Jason Ehret, David J. Posey, Theodore Petti, Christopher J. McDougle

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Several neuropsychiatric disorders in children and adolescents often present with aggressive behavior. In fact, aggression is one of the most common reasons for psychiatric admission for inpatient hospitalization. Psychotropic medication can be helpful in reducing the need for more restrictive interventions, such as seclusion or restraint. The use of "as needed" (PRN) medications has been reported to decrease seclusion and restraint in a university-affiliated hospital setting. In our study, we report the cases of 3 youngsters whose escalating aggression responded to intramuscular ziprasidone with an immediate calming effect and good clinical outcome.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)464-470
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1 2004

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Pharmacology (medical)

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