Paper Information

Journal:   IRANIAN QUARTERLY JOURNAL OF BREAST DISEASE   spring 2019 , Volume 12 , Number 1 (44) #b00487; Page(s) 67 To 69.

Psychotropic-induced Galactorrhea (Letter to Editor)

Author(s):  Shalbafan m.r.*
* Psychiatric Department, Mental Health Research Center, Iran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
Psychiatric disorders are one of the most common health problems among different communities including Iran. According to the latest national-width survey, the prevalence of psychiatric disorders among Iranian general population is 23. 44% by (1). Therefore, psychotropics, which are prescribed by psychiatrists, other specialists, and general practitioners, are among the most popular and best-selling medications. Galactorrhea is one of the noticeable side effects of some psychotropics, which can be annoying, especially, for young women. Galactorrhea is defined as the secretion of breast milk without being pregnant or breast feeding. It is a common manifestation of hormonal dysregulation which can be induced by medications or pituitary adenomas. Other causes such as hypothyroidism, pregnancy and renal failure should also be considered. Several symptoms like amenorrhea, decrease in sexual desire and infertility may be present in patients with galactorrhea. This complication may be diagnosed by surgeons, internists or gynecologists (2). As rates of prescription of medications which can cause galactorrhea continue to increase, it is important for specialists to have knowledge about this side effects.
Keyword(s): Galactorrhea,Prolactin,Psychotropic Drugs,Antipsychotics
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