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MDI adverse effects associated with hallucination and sleeping disturbance

Answered by: Dr Nur Syuhada binti Zulkifli

Last Updated: November 19, 2021 5:25 PM
Anonymous 18 months

Dr, does MDI can caused side effect/adverse effect such as auditory hallucination dan visual hallucination? I had a friend was prescribed with MDI for SOB. After a few times trying, his behavior is changing and also having hallucinations. He used to be a fit person but consistently having cough and post covid patient. Dr first suspected him to have a long covid, but then after taking regular cough medicine he still experience SOB and thus, went to klinik kesihatan dr prescribe him MDI. About a weeks after that, he started to get hallucination from auditory and visual. Does it has any related to his medicine or MDI?

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Dr Nur Syuhada binti Zulkifli 18 months
General Practitioner

Good afternoon,
Thank you for reaching out to us. I understand your question and will try my best to assist you today.

For your information, the following are the common side effects of MDI:

  • fast or irregular heart rate
  • chest pain
  • shakiness
  • nervousness
  • headache
  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • dizziness
  • sore throat
  • runny nose

Referring back to your question, some researches show MDI does cause hallucination, although there are not much data to back it up. However, auditory and visual hallucination may be caused by:

  • psychosis
  • delirium
  • dementia
  • Charles Bonnet syndrome (CBS)
  • Anton’s syndrome
  • Seizures
  • Migraines
  • Peduncular hallucinosis
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Drug effects
  • Tumor

Because of that, before you take any medicine or supplement, I advise you to refer to a doctor for proper treatment. You can also have an online consultation with our doctors for more information and further treatments.

I hope this answer will help you. Thank you.

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Last Updated: Fri Nov 19 2021 17:25:02 GMT+0800 (Malaysia Time)
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