drug psychosis

The drug psychosis - A mental condition in which a person loses contact with reality during or following use of certain drugs (see drug abuse). Drug psychosis may be produced by drugs such as amphetamines, cocaine, LSD (lysergic acid diethylamide) and cannabis. The condition may also be caused by prescribed drugs, particularly by high doses of corticosteroid drugs.

Other possible effects associated with drug psychosis include abnormal behaviour, hallucinations, delusions, and extreme emotion, such as excitement or a dazed, unresponsive state. Treatment involves withdrawal from the drug and the use of antipsychotic drugs to relieve symptoms.


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