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Hallucinations are things you see, hear, feel, taste, or smell that seem real but are not. Some hallucinations are temporary. Hallucinations that continue, interfere with daily activities, or worsen may be a sign of a serious medical or mental condition that needs treatment.


Call 911 if you or someone else notices any of the following:

  • You want to harm yourself or someone else.
  • You hear voices telling you to harm yourself or someone else.
  • You have a seizure.
  • You are confused, do not know where you are, or are not making sense when you speak.

Return to the emergency department if:

  • Your hallucinations get worse.
  • You vomit several times in a row.
  • Your heartbeat or breathing is faster or slower than usual.
  • You have trouble breathing or shortness of breath.

Contact your healthcare provider if:

  • You have new hallucinations.
  • You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.


  • Medicines may be given to stop the hallucinations, reduce anxiety, or relax your muscles.
  • Take your medicine as directed. Contact your healthcare provider if you think your medicine is not helping or if you have side effects. Tell him or her if you are allergic to any medicine. Keep a list of the medicines, vitamins, and herbs you take. Include the amounts, and when and why you take them. Bring the list or the pill bottles to follow-up visits. Carry your medicine list with you in case of an emergency.

Follow up with your healthcare provider as directed:

Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

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The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.