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A 46-year-old male postsurgical patient begins having behavioral disturbances during the evening. He shouts obscenities at the nursing staff and threatens to sue them for trying to kill him. He forcibly removes his intravenous line twice during the night and wanders the hall while disrobing. He has no history of psychiatric disorders and has been a pleasant, mild-mannered patient during his hospital stay. The house staff has drawn initial laboratory values, but no results have yet been returned.
After all behavioral management options are exhausted and appropriate diagnostic tests sent, what would be the most appropriate pharmacologic therapy to manage his behavior?
A. Dextrose in water
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