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A case of clarithromycin psychosis

  • Fawad Elahi (a1) and Moosajee Bhamjee (a2)

A 19-year-old woman developed an immediate psychotic reaction following intravenous administration of clarithromycin. She responded to atypical antipsychotic drugs but needed psychiatric hospitalisation. She recovered after a year and is now symptom-free without any medication. This is a rare side-effect, but needs to be recognised.

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BJPsych Bulletin
  • ISSN: 0955-6036
  • EISSN: 1472-1473
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A case of clarithromycin psychosis

  • Fawad Elahi (a1) and Moosajee Bhamjee (a2)
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