chapter  7
22 Pages

Neuropsychological and psychiatric side effects of medications used to treat asthma and allergic rhinitis

ByBruce G. Bender, Henry Milgrom

Neuropsychological side effects of some medications, such as antihistamines, corticosteroids, and theophylline, have been carefully studied, while others have not. Psychiatric side effects have primarily been documented through case reports. The combined effects of these medications on patients’ emotional and cognitive functioning is little understood. This chapter reviews what has been learned about the neuropsychological and psychiatric side effects of medications used to treat asthma and allergic rhinitis, describes medication-specific changes, identifies erroneously attributed side effects, proposes additional areas requiring investigation, and makes recommendations about the clinical application of this information.