Phantosmia: What causes olfactory hallucinations?
What causes olfactory hallucinations (phantosmia)?
Many people are sensitive to certain smells, but in an olfactory
hallucination (phantosmia), you detect smells that aren't really present
in your environment.
The odors detected in phantosmia vary from person to person and may be
foul or pleasant. They can occur in one or both nostrils and usually
can't be masked by food.
Phantosmia most often occurs as a result of a head injury or upper
respiratory infection. It can also be caused by temporal lobe seizures,
sinusitis, brain tumors, migraine, Parkinson's disease and stroke.
Because phantosmia can be an indication of a serious illness, consult your doctor if you experience such symptoms.
Note that phantosmia is different from another disorder of sense of
smell, known as parosmia, in which a smell is present in your
environment but is distorted. Parosmia can occur with damage to the
olfactory system, such as after a severe respiratory infection. In this
situation, there's usually also a loss of sense of smell.
Neurontin side effects: How do I manage them?
What are common side effects of Neurontin? How can I manage side effects?
Gabapentin (Neurontin) is a medication used to help manage certain
epileptic seizures and relieve pain in some painful conditions. Common
Neurontin side effects are dizziness and drowsiness. Some people may
also experience weight gain and unsteadiness.
Some Neurontin side effects, like drowsiness, are more likely to occur
when you first start taking the drug. These side effects may go away
after a period of time, as your body adjusts. Other side effects may
occur because of the combination of drugs that you're taking. Your
doctor may need to adjust the dose of one or more medications or suggest
a new medication to help alleviate such side effects.
Also, it's important to note that in January 2008, the Food and Drug
Administration concluded that people taking anti-seizure
(anti-epileptic) drugs, including Neurontin, may have an increased risk
of suicidal thoughts and behavior.
If you have questions about Neurontin side effects or are experiencing
troublesome side effects that aren't going away, talk to your doctor.
And be sure to talk to a doctor or counselor immediately if you are
having suicidal thoughts.