Hallucinations and Delusions in Parkinson’s Disease

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Erica Hornthal

It might be surprising to learn that 20 to 30 percent of people with Parkinson’s disease (PD) will experience visual hallucinations. While typically not a symptom of PD itself, they can develop as a result to a change in PD medication or as a symptom of an unrelated infection or illness. It is important to know the signs of hallucinations and how to manage them.   

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Research Round Up

Research Round Up: New Hope for Better Treating Psychosis

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Fernando Cubillos, MD, Director of Research Programs

While reviewing data from the Parkinson's Foundation Parkinson’s Outcomes Project a year ago, I noticed a participant whose quality of life went from pretty good to terrible, then back to pretty good. I wondered, “what happened here?” The answer: psychosis.

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Research Round Up

FDA Approves Nuplazid™ for Treatment of Psychosis in Parkinson’s

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Parkinson's Foundation

The Parkinson’s Disease Foundation (PDF) alerts the community that pimavanserin (Nuplazid™) has been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of hallucinations and delusions associated with Parkinson’s disease psychosis. The drug’s manufacturer, Acadia Pharmaceuticals Inc., announced the approval on April 29. Pimavanserin is the first drug indicated specifically to treat symptoms of psychosis in Parkinson’s.

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Science News

Parkinson’s Disease Psychosis: A Caregiver’s Story

Diane Sagen's husband, Jay, has Parkinson's disease and experiences hallucinations and delusions. In this video, Diane shares their experiences after Jay's diagnosis with what health care professionals call “Parkinson’s disease psychosis.”

For more information about hallucinations and delusions in Parkinson's disease, call our free Helpline at 1-800-473-4636 or visit the Psychosis page on Understanding Parkinson's.

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