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Ergotism and pharmaceuticals

Identifier

006805

Type of spiritual experience

Hallucination

Background

To quote "Bromocriptine ( trade names Parlodel, Cycloset), an ergoline derivative, is used in the treatment of pituitary tumors, Parkinson's disease (PD), hyperprolactinaemia, neuroleptic malignant syndrome, and type 2 diabetes"

 

A description of the experience

Med Law. 1989;8(2):171-4.  Puerperal psychosis following ablaction with bromocriptine.  Iffy L, Lindenthal J, Szodi Z, Griffin W.

Addiction in the context of drug abuse usually is perceived as habitual dependence on the part of the consumer of a potentially habit forming drug.

Attention is drawn to an alternative pattern of drug abuse, namely, unwarranted prescription of drugs on the part of physicians.

An example of what the writers perceive is the habitual distribution of a potentially harmful drug in the absence of a clear-cut indication.

Attention is being drawn to the worldwide use of bromocriptine, an agent suspected of causing occasional vasospasm, hypertensive cerebral accident and myocardial infarction, for the purpose of ablactation.

An additional observation is described where, following administration of bromocriptine in the puerperium manifestations consistent with ergotism developed. The clinical picture was also consistent with pure puerperal psychosis. Attention is also drawn to the likelihood of a cause-effect relationship between the abovementioned drug (an ergot derivative) and the ensuing psychotic reaction.

PMID: 2516595

The source of the experience

PubMed

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