Mental Delirium and Drugs

There is definitely a swing away from prescription drugs in this present age as more people look towards natural therapies to help with a physical or psychological ailment. Whether or not drugs are an essential part of a medicine cabinet is not really known. However there has been a study by Dr Bhattacharyya about the problems of mental delirium and drugs which has been published by the American Academy of Neurology. The original article was called ‘Antibiotic-associated encephalopathy’ but thanks to the website PsyBlog the original article below has been written in more easy to understand language. PsyBlog was created by Dr Jeremy Dean to help bring psychological issues to the general public. The articles are written simply and clearly for the understanding of all.

Mental Confusion and Delirium Linked to 54 Types Of A Commonly Used Drug

Serious temporary problems with brain function linked to commonly used drugs.

Common antibiotics could be linked to serious temporary problems with brain function, a new review concludes.

The review found that 54 different antibiotics were linked with cases of delirium.

Delirium is mental confusion often accompanied by agitation and even hallucinations.

Dr Shamik Bhattacharyya, the study’s first author, said:

“People who have delirium are more likely to have other complications, go into a nursing home instead of going home after being in the hospital and are more likely to die than people who do not develop delirium. Any efforts we can make to help identify the cause of delirium have the potential to be greatly beneficial.”

Since all the patients had an active infection, the study can’t rule out the possibility that that could have been the cause of the delirium.

Dr Bhattacharyya said:

“More research is needed, but these antibiotics should be considered as a possible cause of delirium. Recognition of different patterns of toxicity could lead to a quicker diagnosis and hopefully prevent of some of the negative consequences for people with delirium and other brain problems.”

The study was published in the journal Neurology (Bhattacharyya et al., 2016.).

Article source: PsyBlog

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