CAUTION: Over-The-Counter “Herbal Supplements” Could Trigger Psychosis

Some ingredients found in “Herbal Supplements” and/or over the counter (as well as prescription) medications can trigger psychosis.  Although psychosis usually occurs with chronic use of these drugs or in very high doses, Ephedra-Free doesn’t equate to lack of ephedra-related psychiatric disorders.  Herbal supplements, such as ma-huang, can also trigger psychosis.

Psychosis is a rare and relatively idiosyncratic adverse effect of many other medications. These include isotretinoin, indomethacin, several antibiotics, and antiviral drugs.

Psychosis may be induced by intoxication with recreational drugs, such as:

  • Cocaine
  • Cannabis
  • Amphetamines
  • Phencyclidine
  • Alcohol
  • Inhalants (solvents, aerosols, gases, nitrites).SOURCE:  Epocrates

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