Corticosteroid abuse - an unusual manifestation of drug dependence

D. K. Flavin, P. A. Fredrickson, J. W. Richardson, T. C. Merritt

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A depressed 44-year-old man presented with a 2 1/2 -year history of use of a synthetic glucocorticoid (prednisone) as the only psychoactive drug. The pattern of use strongly suggested drug dependence; secondary Cushing's syndrome was noted. We call attention to the potential abuse of neuroendocrine agents and, more specifically, corticosteroid preparations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)764-769
Number of pages6
JournalMayo Clinic proceedings
Issue number11
StatePublished - Dec 1 1983

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  • General Medicine


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