3 doctors weighed in:

How do you deal with hallucinations caused by dementia?

3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Susan Uhrich
Psychiatry
1 doctor agrees

In brief: With treatment.

Hallucinations can be terrifying.
But there are risks with any treatment. The risks have to be weighed against the benefits.

In brief: With treatment.

Hallucinations can be terrifying.
But there are risks with any treatment. The risks have to be weighed against the benefits.
Dr. Susan Uhrich
Dr. Susan Uhrich
Thank
Dr. Theresa Redling
Internal Medicine - Geriatrics

In brief: Full med eval

Depending on the type of dementia, there will often be different treatments.
If the diagnosis is lewy body disease, then the answer at first treatment is starting a drug called a cholinesterase inhibitor like aricept, (donepezil) if not already started. In addition, the person needs a full eval(medical + med review) to be sure there is no other issues going on adding to confusion - like a urinary infection.

In brief: Full med eval

Depending on the type of dementia, there will often be different treatments.
If the diagnosis is lewy body disease, then the answer at first treatment is starting a drug called a cholinesterase inhibitor like aricept, (donepezil) if not already started. In addition, the person needs a full eval(medical + med review) to be sure there is no other issues going on adding to confusion - like a urinary infection.
Dr. Theresa Redling
Dr. Theresa Redling
Thank
Get help from a real doctor now
Dr. Bennett Machanic
Board Certified, Neurology
49 years in practice
55M people helped
Continue
108,000 doctors available
Read more answers from doctors