E. Brown, David A. Khan, V. Nejtek
Dec 1, 1999
Annals of allergy, asthma & immunology : official publication of the American College of Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology
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.