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 Caring at Home and the Australian and New Zealand Society of Palliative Medicine (ANZSPM) within the Community End-of-Life Medicines List (168kb pdf).


Page updated 19 July 2018

palliAGED is funded by the Australian Government Department of Health.