Steroid induced psychosis psychiatry

* Quit alcohol and other forms of substance abuse. If the individual has reached a stage where their drinking is causing depression then this may be a sign that they need to quit altogether.
* If the individual has been abusing alcohol long term then they may need medical assistance in order to give up. This could include a stay in rehab or a medically supervised withdrawal period.
* Some people with a dual diagnosis will need to have both their conditions dealt with simultaneously. This can be achieved in a rehab that specializes in treating people with a dual diagnosis.
* In most instances they symptoms of alcohol induced depression will disappear after the individual has been sober for a few weeks.
* If people continue to suffer from symptoms of depression after becoming sober they need to seek appropriate medical advice.

Adrian Preda, MD  Professor of Clinical Psychiatry and Human Behavior, Director of Residency Program in Psychiatry, Vice-Chair, Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine

Adrian Preda, MD is a member of the following medical societies: American Association for the Advancement of Science , American Psychiatric Association , International College of Neuropsychopharmacology, International Congress of Schizophrenia Research , Schizophrenia International Research Society , Society of Biological Psychiatry

Disclosure: Serve(d) as a director, officer, partner, employee, advisor, consultant or trustee for: Boehringer Ingelheim<br/>Received research grant from: Acadia, Takeda.

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Steroid induced psychosis psychiatry

steroid induced psychosis psychiatry

Dexamethasone is well absorbed when given by mouth; peak plasma levels are reached between 1 and 2 hours after ingestion and show wide interindividual variations. In healthy subjects a plasma half life of 3-6 hours has been observed however in studies of patients this can be reduced to under 2 hours. Dexamethasone is bound (to about 77%) to plasma proteins , mainly albumins. Percentage protein binding of dexamethasone, unlike that of cortisol, remains practically unchanged with increasing steroid concentrations. Corticosteroids are rapidly distributed to all body tissues. Dexamethasone is metabolised mainly in the liver but also in the kidney. Dexamethasone and its metabolites are excreted in the urine.

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