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Hostile behavior

Also known as Aggressiveness, Combative, Criminality, Cruelty, Being destructive, and Quarrelsome

Aggression, in its broadest sense, is behavior, or a disposition, that is forceful, hostile or attacking. It may occur either in retaliation or without provocation.

Source: Wikipedia

What causes it?

The most common causes of hostile behavior are schizophrenia, psychotic disorder, and bipolar disorder. Other possible causes, such as alcohol abuse, are more rare.


What might my doctor prescribe?

Common Tests and Procedures

Patients with hostile behavior often receive hematologic tests, complete blood count, urinalysis, glucose measurement, kidney function tests, toxicology screen, electrolytes panel and blood alcohol .

Common Medications

The most commonly prescribed drugs for patients with hostile behavior include lorazepam, haloperidol, risperidone, quetiapine (seroquel), olanzapine (zyprexa), divalproex sodium (depakote), aripiprazole (abilify), benztropine, lithium (li), ziprasidone (geodon), atomoxetine (strattera), nicotine and chlorpromazine (thorazine) .

Lorazepam
$12
(28 days)
Haloperidol
$28
(28 days)
Risperidone
$107
(28 days)
Quetiapine (Seroquel)
$290
(28 days)
Olanzapine (Zyprexa)
$536
(28 days)
Divalproex Sodium (Depakote)

Aripiprazole (Abilify)
$497
(28 days)
Benztropine
$8
(28 days)
Lithium (Li)

Ziprasidone (Geodon)
$411
(28 days)
Atomoxetine (Strattera)
$189
(28 days)
Nicotine
$179
(21 days)
Chlorpromazine (Thorazine)
$26
(28 days)

Who is at risk?

Groups of people at highest risk for hostile behavior include sex == male age 5-14 years. On the other hand, age < 1 years almost never get hostile behavior.

Age

< 1 years
0.0x
1-4 years
0.3x
5-14 years
2.5x
15-29 years
1.4x
30-44 years
1.1x
45-59 years
0.8x
60-74 years
0.4x
75+ years
0.6x

Sex

Male
1.6x
Female
0.6x

Race/Ethnicity

Black
1.4x
Hispanic
1.3x
White
0.8x
Other
1.2x
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