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Tranquilising agitated mentally ill patients: intramuscular haloperidol plus promethazine reduces need for additional medication or medical attention compared to olanzapine

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P Tharyan

Correspondence to: P Tharyan, Department of Psychiatry, Christian Medical College, Vellore and BV Moses Centre for Clinical Trials and Evidence Based Medicine, Christian Medical College, Vellore 632002, Tamil Nadu, India;



Intramuscular haloperidol plus promethazine or intramuscular olanzapine: which is more effective for the emergency treatment of agitated and violent adults with mental illness?


300 hospitalised adults with mental illness (ICD-10 classified), presenting with aggressive or violent behaviour. Inclusions: consecutive patients in the psychiatric unit for whom intramuscular sedation was indicated and where intervention did not put the patient at risk.


Psychiatric unit of the Christian Medical College, Vellore, South India; September 2005 to July 2006.


Single intramuscular injection …

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