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Anxiety, Distress and Agitation

Pharmacological treatment is aimed at relieving symptoms of anxiety, usually with benzodiazepines. The drugs and doses below are not used for sedation. Sedation may occasionally be indicated in the terminally ill when agitation or extreme fear is unrelieved - a referral to the Palliative Care Service is strongly recommended (see Terminal Agitation).

Caution: Clonazepam has a long half-life and can accumulate in repeated dosing.

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