November 27, 2022

NOV 27, organic brain poetry: high-dose steroids


HIGH DOSE STEROIDS


High-dose steroids may cause symptoms manic,

Whereas other minds shrivel or panic.

Increased suicide rates —

(Tapered dose, that abates)

Side-effect, 'til you're done, looms titanic.

Dr G.H. and Giorgio Coniglio, 2022

Authors' Note: A course of high-dose synthetic corticosteroids, e.g. dexamethasone, may be used to help bring under control a severe exacerbation of a chronic illness, e.g. asthma, inflammatory diseases, or an initial presentation, e.g. anaphylaxis, septic shock or brain swelling. Owing to the common side-effect of drug-induced euphoria/mania and other psychiatric issues, doctors attempt to taper the high doses as soon as possible.

 

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