A case of Cushing Syndrome due to accidental intake of dexamethasone: a call for enforcement of regulatory laws

  • Kofi T. Asamoah Department of Medicine & Therapeutics, Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital, Accra, Ghana
  • Josephine Akpalu Department of Medicine & Therapeutics, University of Ghana Medical School, Accra, Ghana
  • Yacoba Atiase Department of Medicine & Therapeutics, Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital, Accra, Ghana
  • Ernest Yorke Department of Medicine & Therapeutics, University of Ghana Medical School, Accra, Ghana
Keywords: Traditional medicine, Cushing syndrome, corticosteroids, misuse of orthodox medication, drug regulation enforcement

Abstract

Cushing syndrome could be a complication of long-term steroid use, resulting in a wide range of clinical presentations. Whereas some patients take medically prescribed doses of conventional medicines, including steroids for various ailments, others inadvertently consume unspecified doses by adulterating traditional medicines with these orthodox medications to increase their therapeutic appeal. Furthermore, some individuals with access to conventional medications may sell them in unlabelled packages as traditional medicines (TMs) to unsuspecting customers. This may lead to undesirable side effects and safety concerns. The case report highlights the problem of poorly regulated access to medications and makes suggestions to protect patrons' health of traditional medicines.

Published
2021-06-01
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