Journal of Neurosciences in Rural Practice
Year : 2014  |  Volume : 5  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 384-386

Over-the-counter self-medication leading to intracranial hypertension in a young lady

Advanced Neurosciences Institute, BGS Global Hospital, Bangalore, Karnataka, India

Correspondence Address:
A M Ramana Reddy
Consultant Neurologist, BGS Global Hospital, 67, Uttarahalli Road, Kengeri, Bangalore 560 060, Karnataka
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0976-3147.139991

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Intracranial hypertension (idiopathic-IIH and secondary) is a potentially treatable condition. Although various factors such as female gender and obesity, certain drugs have been implicated as risk factors for IIH, there remains a lack of clarity in the exact causal-effect relationship. In India, self-medication by obtaining drugs over the counter due to lack of adequate drug regulation and ignorance of the public is a very common practice with a potential for severe adverse effects. We present a case of a young lady who has developed intracranial hypertension possibly due to self-medication with steroids and cyproheptadine, obtained over the counter.

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