Hallucinations / Depression
Topic 22: parkinson's; hallucinations & depression links
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Sleep Disturbances, Vivid Dreams, and Hallucinations
Hallucinations appear to be a possible side effect of most anti-Parkinson drugs. Responses and side effects vary from one person to the next.
Confusion and visual hallucinations can be related to long-term use of these medications; this is often dose-related, and can be minimized by reducing the total daily dose of C/L under the direction of your physician.
All Parkinson's patients should be informed that syncope or symptomatic hypotension may occur more frequently during initial treatment and hallucinations can occur at any time during the course of treatment.
Hallucinations may occur, but are more common with other dopamine agonists, not Ropinirole or Requip.
Orthostatic hypotension - a drop in blood pressure when an individual stands up - and hallucinations have been reported with Pramipexole or Mirapex, although both more often occur in late Parkinson's disease.
Tolcapone or Tasmar's most common side effects include diarrhea, sleep disturbances, and hallucinations.
However, we are all individuals with differing symptoms and differing reactions to our unique (and again individual) regimes of pharmacotherapy. It is important to remember that each patient has their own specific Parkinson's Disease clinical picture and individualized, tailored treatment is an absolute must. If you experience hallucinations you should seek the advice of your licensed healthcare provider.
Clinical Depression Awareness
Depression - A New Understanding, Drugs Help
Depression - Information & Treatment
Recognizing Warning Signs Of Suicide
Dr. Ivan's Depression Central - FAQ & Links
Depression in Parkinson's Disease
Depression and Anxiety in Parkinson's Disease: Under-recognized Symptoms
Depression: A Serious but Treatable Illness
Treatment of Depression in the Patient with Parkinson's Disease
The National Depressive and Manic Depressive Association
Depression Information from NLM's Medline Plus
Depression in Elderly People
Ask the Expert - Parkinson's and Depression
This Is Your Brain on Electricity