Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Can antibiotics effect mental status?

An interesting report crossed my desk today. It was published in MedScape Psychiatry.
Antibiotics and Mental Status Changes
All medication can potentially change your mental status, the way you think, feel, or react. In this article, pharmacists from Albany Medical Hospital, Albany NY review this question.
They point out:
Any change in mental status should always prompt a review of medications as a potential contributing factor. Antimicrobials, a drug class that is an often-overlooked etiology, have been associated with a wide range of neurologic symptoms, including sedation, sleep disturbance, confusion, delirium, seizures, mood changes, psychosis, and hallucinations.

A chart of drugs and risk factors is included.

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