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Doctors' Answers to "Frequently Asked Questions" - Cerebral Vascular Accidents

These comments are made for the purpose of discussion and should NOT be used as recommendations for or against therapies or other treatments. An indi vidual patient is always advised to consult their own physician.

[posted 11/1/1999]
Question: My 76 year old father had 2 "brain bleeds" in a period of one week. During recovery in ICU, he was extremely agitated and had paranoid delusions. In the hospital, they had to restrain him because it was so severe. They prescribed Dilantin and Resperdal which have calmed him down considerably. However, he is now experiencing hallucinations along with the paranoid delusions. My question is, is his behavior the result of his strokes or the medication? His doctors are taking a "wait and see" attitude and I'm afraid if it's the drugs causing the hallucinations, that they should be adjusted.

Answer: You won't know until there is time for both resolution of any brain swelling and giving your dad time to get out of the hospital avoiding the confusion that comes from an unfamiliar surroundings.

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