|aids and psychosis
Nov 11, 2003
Can AIDS or any type of medication for AIDS cause psychosis (hallucinations, delusions)?
| Response from Dr. Horwath
Yes, hallucinations and delusions occur in people with very advanced cases of HIV-associated dementia. Symptoms of new onset psychosis are more common in people who have a history of substance abuse and HIV dementia.
Of course, psychotic disorders also occur in people who have a prior history of psychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia or other psychotic disorders.
Some medications, such as gancyclovir, corticosteroids, and efavirenz, are also associated with psychiatric side effects, including some serious symptoms, like psychosis.
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