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What could cause Hallucinations for a 88-year old woman?

This is a personalized study for a 88 year old female patient who has Dementia, Depression - Elderly. The study is created by eHealthMe based on reports of 281 female patients aged 88 (±5) who take the same drugs from FDA and social media.

What are the drugs

Aricept (latest outcomes from 15,462 users) has active ingredients of donepezil hydrochloride. It is often used in memory loss.

Trend of aricept reports

Zoloft (latest outcomes from 78,239 users) has active ingredients of sertraline hydrochloride. It is often used in depression.

Trend of zoloft reports

What are the conditions

Dementia (madness) (latest reports from 45,751 patients) can be treated by Aricept, Namenda, Donepezil, Seroquel, Exelon, Donepezil Hydrochloride.

Depression - elderly (latest reports from 362 patients) can be treated by Lexapro, Zoloft, Citalopram Hydrobromide, Celexa, Cymbalta, Mirtazapine.

What is the symptom

Hallucinations (sensations that appear real but are created by your mind) (latest reports from 169,039 patients) has been reported by people with depression, pain, high blood pressure, parkinson's disease, quit smoking.

Trend of Hallucinations  reports

On Nov, 21, 2014: 281 females aged 83 (±5) who take Aricept, Zoloft are studied

Aricept, Zoloft outcomes

Information of the patient in this study:

Age: 83

Gender: female

Conditions: Dementia, Depression - Elderly

Drugs taking:
- Aricept (donepezil hydrochloride): used for < 1 month
- Zoloft (sertraline hydrochloride): used for 1 - 6 months

Drug interactions have: moderate hallucinations

eHealthMe real world results:

Comparison with this patient's adverse outcomes:

InteractionNumber of reports on eHealthMe
Hallucinations 0 (0.00% of females aged 83 (±5) who take the drugs)

(as an adverse outcome could be a symptom of a condition, additional studies are listed to help identify the cause: for example, regardless of which drug is taken, how many female HBP patients aged 50 (±5) have nausea)

Symptom (click a symptom for in-depth analysis)Number of reports on eHealthMe
Hallucinations in Dementia37 (2.72% of females aged 83 (±5) who have Dementia)
Hallucinations in Depression - Elderly0 (0.00% of females aged 83 (±5) who have Depression - elderly)

(as an adverse outcome could be a side effect of a drug, additional studies are listed to help identify the cause: for example, how many female Aspirin users aged 50 (±5) have nausea)

Side effect (click a side effect for in-depth analysis)Number of reports on eHealthMe
Hallucinations in Aricept60 (1.50% of females aged 83 (±5) who take Aricept)
Hallucinations in Zoloft37 (1.40% of females aged 83 (±5) who take Zoloft)

Drug effectiveness over time :

< 1 month1 - 6 months6 - 12 months1 - 2 years2 - 5 years5 - 10 years10+ yearsnot specified
Aricept is effective0.00%
(0 of 1 people)
(0 of 3 people)
(1 of 1 people)
Zoloft is effectiven/a0.00%
(0 of 1 people)
(1 of 2 people)
(0 of 1 people)
(1 of 1 people)

Most common drug interactions over time * :

< 1 month1 - 6 months6 - 12 months1 - 2 years2 - 5 years5 - 10 years10+ yearsnot specified
DiarrhoeaRespiratory Distress (difficulty in breathing)Femoral Neck Fracture (neck of femur bone fracture)Arthritis (form of joint disorder that involves inflammation of one or more joints)Hypernatraemia (an abnormally high plasma concentration of sodium ions)n/an/aDepressed Level Of Consciousness
Nausea (feeling of having an urge to vomit)General Physical Health Deterioration (weak health status)Anaemia (lack of blood)Short-term Memory LossFallConfusional State
Headache (pain in head)Depressed Level Of ConsciousnessHallucination (an experience involving the perception of something not present)Nausea (feeling of having an urge to vomit)Confusional StateFall
Atrial Fibrillation (fibrillation of the muscles of the atria of the heart)Hepatitis Fulminant (life-threatening condition defined by significantly impaired liver function)DizzinessDisorientation (disability in which the senses of time, direction, and recognition of people and places)Confusion
Sinus Bradycardia (an unusually slow heartbeat due to heart disease)Pneumonia Aspiration (bronchopneumonia that develops due to the entrance of foreign materials into the bronchial tree)Psychomotor Retardation (motor mental retardation)Malnutrition (condition that results from eating a diet in which certain nutrients are lacking)Sedation
Supraventricular Extrasystoles (premature electrical impulse in the heart, generated above the level of the ventricle)Hepatomegaly (abnormal enlargement of the liver)Runny Nose (discharge from nose)Hypothyroidism (abnormally low activity of the thyroid gland, resulting in retardation of growth and mental development)Dehydration (dryness resulting from the removal of water)
Malaise (a feeling of general discomfort or uneasiness)Renal Failure Acute (rapid kidney dysfunction)High Blood PressurePsychomotor Retardation (motor mental retardation)Nausea (feeling of having an urge to vomit)
Atrial Tachycardia (rhythm disturbance that arises in the atria)Ammonia IncreasedBlood Creatinine IncreasedHydrocephalus (water on the brain)Dysphagia (condition in which swallowing is difficult or painful)
Renal Failure (kidney dysfunction)Delirium (wild excitement)Lower Leg PainMemory ImpairmentSpeech Disorder Nec
Blood Glucose DecreasedAsthmaInsomnia Related To Another Mental Condition (sleeplessness related to another mental condition)General Physical Health Deterioration (weak health status)Liver Function Tests Nos Abnormal

* Some reports may have incomplete information.

How to use the study: print a copy of the study and bring it to your health teams to ensure drug risks and benefits are fully discussed and understood.

You can also:

You are not alone! Join a related mobile support group:
- support group for people who take Aricept and have Hallucinations
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- support group for people who have Hallucinations and Depression - Elderly
- support group for people who have Dementia
- support group for people who have Depression - Elderly
- support group for people who take Aricept
- support group for people who take Zoloft

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Common symptoms:

Women of age 60+ with Dementia:
  1. Confusional state (320 reports)
  2. Dizziness (266 reports)
  3. Fall (256 reports)
  4. Drowsiness (212 reports)
  5. Agitation (192 reports)
  6. Fatigue (190 reports)
  7. Weakness (190 reports)
  8. Urinary tract infection (145 reports)
  9. Nausea and vomiting (126 reports)
  10. Nausea (122 reports)
Women of age 60+ with Depression - Elderly:
  1. Urinary tract infection (145 reports)
  2. Pneumonia (105 reports)
  3. Convulsion (96 reports)
  4. Dehydration (96 reports)
  5. Weight decreased (93 reports)
  6. Aggression (93 reports)
  7. High blood pressure (88 reports)
  8. Blood pressure management (88 reports)
  9. Loss of consciousness (82 reports)
  10. Stroke (76 reports)

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