Dockside Chat - Steroid Psychosis

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sea nymph
03-28-2012, 08:12 PM
Has anyone had a friend or family member with steroid psychosis. If so, how long did it take to get over it and have they truly recovered?
I'm dealing with a family member now that has this and it is unbearable!

03-28-2012, 08:30 PM
I found this through a google search....

Doctors treat steroid psychosis by weaning the patient off the medications. About 92 percent of patients will make a full recovery if the drugs are tapered off. The symptoms of delirium usually clear up within three days, while manic and depressive symptoms improve within three to four weeks after the medication is stopped.

Some patients have severe or life-threatening medical conditions and cannot stop using corticosteroids without suffering serious repercussions. In these instances, doctors will prescribe antipsychotic medication. Approximately 84 percent of patients recover from steroid psychosis if they use antipsychotic medications but continue corticosteroid treatment.

Not all patients make a complete recovery. Between 5 percent and 7 percent of patients develop long-term depressive or psychotic disorders after using corticosteroids and experiencing steroid psychosis. Some people may continue to have recurring symptoms long after they stop using the medication. Approximately 3 percent of patients with steroid psychosis commit suicide.

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