Prescribing guidance for agitation and restlessness

As death approaches, some people develop confusion or agitation, which can be distressing.
Agitation and restlessness may accompany delirium.

Benzodiazepine naïve

Benzodiazepine tolerant

Prescribing considerations

  • Review patient regularly
  • Use a syringe driver if regular doses are required
  • Check availability of medicines through the patient’s usual pharmacy

The medicines listed throughout this app are in line with those endorsed by Australian and New Zealand Society of Palliative Medicine (ANZSPM) within the Community End-of-Life Medication List (61kb pdf).


Page updated 22 May 2017

palliAGED is funded by the Australian Government Department of Health.