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Are hallucinations caused by Parkinson’s?

Monday April 09, 2012

Hallucinations are often described as “seeing things that aren’t there.”  In Parkinson’s, hallucinations are most commonly visual and described as objects, people or animals. For many, they are benign visions that the individual experiencing them knows are not real. In more severe cases, a person may not know the visions are not real or may be distressed by and try to interact with them.

Not all people with Parkinson’s experience hallucinations and hallucinations are not caused by Parkinson’s alone. Hallucinations are caused by a combination of medication, stress and the disease.

The risk of hallucinations is greater in older people, those with cognitive problems, and those taking higher doses of Parkinson’s medicines, narcotics, sleep medicines and sedatives. Learn more…

Monique L. Giroux, MDMonique L. Giroux, MD
Medical Director, Northwest Parkinson's Foundation

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