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Tactile Hallucinations Causes
Several: One of the most common causes of tactile hallucinations is not really a "medicine" at all -- it's withdrawal from alcohol. Benzodiazepine withdrawal can cause it also. Tactile hallucinations -- also called "formication" -- commonly happen with use of Cocaine and amphetamine. Ketamine is another agent that can cause these. ...Read more
Can any one or combination of these cause slight visual and tactile hallucinations? Wellbutrin (bupropion) XL, Lamotrigine, Fluoxetine.
Maybe: "Slight" hallucinations? None of the three medications typically causes hallucinations. However bupropion (Wellbutrin) increases the risk of seizures and this is a possibility here. Tactile hallucinations are rare and usually seen in drug/alcohol intoxication/withdrawal. Please see your MD right away, these symptoms are unusual and potentially serious and require a medical explanation. ...Read more
Hallucinigens abound: The brain is capable of misfiring under many circumstances. .. Some drugs are known for their tendency to induce or bring on hallucinations such as possibly hallucinogenic mushrooms or others. But many drugs can pose a risk depending on the person and circumstance. "True hallucinations" are that persons experience of the misfiring of brain neuro circuits. Best to work to protect one's brain. ...Read more
T. Haluc.: Tactile hallucination is the false perception of tactile sensory input that creates a hallucinatory sensation of physical contact with an imaginary object. This is caused by the faulty integration of the tactile sensory neural signals generated in the spinal chord & the thalamus & sent to the primary & secondary somatosensory cortex. Tactile Hallucination caused by cocaine & alcohol. ...Read more
Many: Recreational drugs such as lsd, ecstasy, psilocybin, mescaline, marijuana, and ketamine are some. Also many prescription medications can do this as well: antimuscarinic agents; levodopa; donapezil; antidepressants including ssri's and occasionally bupropion; opiates; proton pump inhibitors; steroids; quinolone antibiotics such as cipro, (ciprofloxacin) etc. Hallucinations happen in alcohol & drug withdrawal too. ...Read more
It depends: It depends on the cause. Tactile hallucinations can also be known as formication -- and are common in amphetamine & Cocaine abuse. Also alcohol withdrawal. Can be found in schizophrenia and other delusional disorders as well. Finding and treating the cause is best way to deal with tactile hallucinations. See your primary care physician or a psychiatrist for help. ...Read more
The "storage" of hallucinogenic drugs in fat cells that are then released years later when the fat cell is burned is a myth that has been debunked.
Flashbacks are a known psychiatric entity but are psychological in nature and not due to a late release of a therapeutic level of an old hallucinogen. ...Read more
Yes: Visual hallucinations of the deceased individual are not uncommon in the acute grief period. As an isolated symptom or event this is not necessarily a concern, as there is no evidence that uncomplicated grief requires treatment. However grief that does not progress and resolve or is accompanied by symptoms of depression that interfere with the ability to function requires evaluation. ...Read more
Any time: Abnormal sensations of any sort, painful or not, may occur spontaneously, at any time of day. Certain pain / sensory syndromes have characteristic times of occurrence. But there is no iron-clad requirement that the "rule" be followed. ...Read more
What causes me to have word hallucinations when reading, I read things and think it says one then then go back and reread and its different, why?
Confusion: I would not call what you described word hallucinations. Hallucinations is perceiving something that doesn't exist. I am sort of confused over what your problem is. Please clarify if it makes one sense when you first read something but then it changes when you re-read it or you think you read one word when in fact it is a different one. ...Read more
Many sources: Hallucinations can be caused by many things. It is best to seek out the help of a doctor who can rule out biochemical causes/drug induced causes and can help to prescribe medications if necessary. ...Read more
Illusions are simple: Perceptual distortions, seeing things that aren't there because of low lighting, atmospheric distortion, etc. Once light is shined on the cause, the illusion disappears. Delusions are fixed patterns of thought that do not respond to reality. Hallucinations are psychotic manifestations that have little to do with reality. The latter two are usually brought on by drugs or mental illness. ...Read more
In general -: Anxiety doesn't normally cause hallucinations. During a panic attack, you could have a sense that you aren't real or that the world around you is surreal. Hallucinations may occur in the context of severe post traumatic stress disorder (which is a form on anxiety disorder). ...Read more
Touched: Tactile hallucinations are bodily sensations when no source for the experience is present. Drug use, particularly with stimulants, can be a cause of tactile hallucinations, especially on the skin. People who have lost limbs can also experience "phantom" pain or other sensations when the limb is not present. In fact, the majority of individuals who have lost limbs experience some phantom sensation. ...Read more
Causes can be central or peripheral. An example of central olfactory hallucinations is head injury or temporal lobe seizures or migraines or strokes. An example of peripheral olfactory is sinusitis or upper respiratory infection.
An example of gustatory is epilepsy or schizophrenia or illicit substances. ...Read more
Yes: The active agents in morning glory seeds are relatives of lsd. The neuropsychological effects are similar to those of lsd -- and consist of hallucinations, anxiety, mood changes, depersonalization, and drowsiness. Acute clinical effects may also include dilated pupils, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. There are published cases of suicide related to ingesting morning glory seeds too. ...Read more
Symptoms typically present about 8 hours after a significant fall in blood alcohol levels. They peak on day 2 and, by day 4 or 5, the symptoms have usually improved significantly.
Minor withdrawal symptoms (can appear 6-12 hours after alcohol has stopped
Alcoholic hallucinosis (can appear 12-24 hours after alcohol has stopped):
Includes visual, auditory, or tactile hallucinations.
Withdrawal seizures (can appear 24-48 hours after alcohol has stopped):
These are generalised tonic-clonic seizures.
Alcohol withdrawal delirium or 'delirium tremens' (can appear 48-72 hours after alcohol has stopped).  ...Read more
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