"Bath Salts"-Induced Psychosis and Serotonin Toxicity

Pavle Joksovic, MD; Nick Mellos, MD; Pieter Joost van Wattum, MD, MA; and Catherine Chiles, MD

Published: August 15, 2012

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"Bath salts" are a group of synthetic derivatives of cathinone, a naturally occurring psychostimulant found in khat plants. The most common active ingredients, mephedrone, methylenedioxypyrovalerone, and methylone, are found to have strong amphetamine-like psychoactive properties. Smoked, inhaled, injected, or ingested, they have a rapid onset of action of 30 to 60 minutes.

Volume: 73

Quick Links: Psychotic Disorders , Schizophrenia and Schizoaffective Disorders

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