The psychiatric side effects of corticosteroids

E. Sherwood Brown, David A. Khan, Vicki A. Nejtek

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Abstract

Learning objectives: Readers will learn the importance of psychiatric symptomatology with corticosteroid drug therapy, especially when combined with other medications. Data Sources: A brief history of corticosteroid use over the last five decades was complied utilizing MEDLINE and PSYCHOINFO as sources of information which include peer-reviewed research articles, case studies, and relevant reviews in English. Conclusion: Corticosteroids are routinely prescribed for a variety of allergic and immunologic illnesses. Psychiatric side effects from corticosteroids include mania, depression and mood disturbances. Psychiatric symptoms usually occur within the first two weeks of corticosteroid therapy and seem to be dose related. Treatment with lithium or antipsychotics may be helpful. Physicians should carefully monitor patients for psychiatric and cognitive side effects of corticosteroid use.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)495-500
Number of pages6
JournalAnnals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology
Volume83
Issue number6 I
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1999

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