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Steroid link to suicide

11th August 2006

A new study of UK general practice concludes that oral steroids greatly increase the risk of suicide – by more than four-fold at high doses.

Analysis of patients on the UK general practice research database showed that current use of oral steroids raised the risk of suicide 2.5-fold, whilst those taking daily doses of more than 30mg were at a 4.2-fold increased risk.

Although previous research indicated that the drugs adversely affect mental health, the new study of half a million patients is the first to link them to suicide. Prescribing advisers suggested use of depression screening questions in patients who had recently started on the drugs.

The analysis of the results will be presented at the International Conference on Pharmacoepidemiology and Therapeutic Risk Management in Lisbon.

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Martine Meyer

Monday 28th August 2006 @ 16:21

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