Journal article

Corticosteroid-induced psychiatric disturbances: It is time for pharmacists to take notice

Snezana Kusljic, Elizabeth Manias, Andrea Gogos

RESEARCH IN SOCIAL & ADMINISTRATIVE PHARMACY | ELSEVIER SCIENCE INC | Published : 2016

Abstract

Corticosteroids are widely used to relieve signs and symptoms arising from many diseases, including common inflammatory and autoimmune disorders affecting a number of organ systems. However, corticosteroids also induce significant adverse effects; in particular, a range of severe psychiatric adverse effects may occur including delirium, depression, mania, psychosis and cognitive/memory impairment. These adverse effects occur in up to 60% of patients taking corticosteroids and recent studies show an increased rate of psychopathologies in this population. Long-term adverse effects on mood and behavior are severely debilitating, thereby influencing the quality of life, employment and health sta..

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