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Which of the following drugs may induce a psychosis?

asked Oct 29, 2016 in Psychiatry by Rajesh Bahara

Which of the following drugs may induce a psychosis that is easily confused with, or misdiagnosed as, paranoid schizophrenia?

a. Barbiturates

b. Heroin

c. Benzodiazepines

d. Amphetamines

e. Chlorpromazine 


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d. Amphetamines

(Hales, 3/e, p 402.) Amphetamine intoxication can result in a psychosis very closely resembling acute paranoid schizophrenia with symptoms including paranoid delusions and visual hallucinations. Some investigators feel that prominent visual hallucinations and a relative absence of thought disorder are more characteristic of amphetamine psy- chosis, but other investigators feel the symptoms are indistinguishable. Other drugs that produce psychoses similar to schizophrenia include phen- cyclidine (PCP) and lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD).
answered Oct 29, 2016 by Rajesh Bahara

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