Review: could Dexamethasone cause Acute Psychosis?


Acute psychosis is found among people who take Dexamethasone, especially for people who are female, 60+ old , have been taking the drug for < 1 month, also take medication Cyclophosphamide, and have Breast cancer . We study 55,473 people who have side effects while taking Dexamethasone from FDA and social media. Among them, 21 have Acute psychosis. Find out below who they are, when they have Acute psychosis and more.

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Acute Psychosis

Acute psychosis (period of mentally unstable behaviour) has been reported by people with alanine aminotransferase increased, hypotension, agitation, psychotic disorder, fever (latest reports from 1,278 Acute psychosis patients).

On Jul, 21, 2016

55,473 people reported to have side effects when taking Dexamethasone.
Among them, 21 people (0.04%) have Acute Psychosis

Number of reports submitted per year:

Could Dexamethasone cause Acute psychosis?

Time on Dexamethasone when people have Acute Psychosis *:

  • < 1 month: 40 %
  • 1 - 6 months: 20 %
  • 6 - 12 months: 40 %
  • 1 - 2 years: 0.0 %
  • 2 - 5 years: 0.0 %
  • 5 - 10 years: 0.0 %
  • 10+ years: 0.0 %

Gender of people who have Acute Psychosis when taking Dexamethasone *:

  • female: 66.67 %
  • male: 33.33 %

Age of people who have Acute Psychosis when taking Dexamethasone *:

  • 0-1: 0.0 %
  • 2-9: 0.0 %
  • 10-19: 9.52 %
  • 20-29: 0.0 %
  • 30-39: 0.0 %
  • 40-49: 23.81 %
  • 50-59: 19.05 %
  • 60+: 47.62 %

Top conditions involved for these people *:

  • Breast Cancer (6 people)
  • Multiple Myeloma (3 people)
  • Epilepsy (2 people)
  • Chemotherapy (2 people)
  • Bladder Cancer (2 people)

Top co-used drugs for these people *:

  • Cyclophosphamide (5 people)
  • Taxotere (4 people)
  • Epirubicin (4 people)
  • Lapatinib (3 people)
  • Cec (3 people)

* Approximation only. Some reports may have incomplete information.

** Reports from social media are used.

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