Opioids and benzodiazepines

M. J. Murray, M. L. DeRuyter, B. A. Harrison

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Most patients in the intensive care unit experience pain and anxiety, which are treated most commonly with an opioid or a benzodiazepine. These compounds are effective and have a well-established safety record. With the exception of associated respiratory depression, they have a relatively wide therapeutic window. New approaches and formulations for opioids and benzodiazepines are being used with continued success in the clinical setting.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)849-873
Number of pages25
JournalCritical Care Clinics
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1995

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine


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