Dr Aadil Shah, Consultant Psychiatrist at Wirral Ways to Recovery has recently co-published an article in the Royal College of Psychiatry Journal, BJPsych (British Journal of Psychiatry) Advances, entitled Hyperprolactinaemia: a guide for psychiatrists.
The article provides a brief overview of prolactin physiology, regulation and function. It also lists various factors that can lead to elevated serum prolactin. The article also discusses the interpretation of blood results and the clinical management of hyperprolactinaemia.
Dr Shah said:
"The hormone present in our body called Prolactin can increase due to various medications prescribed by psychiatrists. These medications mainly include antipsychotics. A transient rise in Prolactin can also be seen in opiate and cocaine use as well. The elevation of prolactin levels in our body results in hyperprolactinemia and this can lead to adverse health outcomes. Therefore it is important that the clinicians are aware of these adverse health outcomes and their management."
Dr Shah was involved at all stages of the article's creation, from research through to composition and review.