Drug-induced delirium

Semin Clin Neuropsychiatry. 2000 Apr;5(2):113-24. doi: 10.153/SCNP00500113.


Drug-induced delirium (DID) is a common and debilitating clinical problem. Identifying and treating the causes of DID is becoming easier as knowledge of the pharmacodynamic and pharmacokinetic fates of drugs increases. This article reviews basic pharmacological mechanisms and risks of DID, and ways to manage these risks.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Brain / drug effects
  • Delirium / chemically induced*
  • Delirium / diagnosis
  • Delirium / therapy
  • Humans
  • Neurotransmitter Agents / metabolism
  • Risk Factors


  • Neurotransmitter Agents