My mother-in-law hallucinates after taking osteoporosis medication. Please suggest.

Q. Why does my MIL have hallucinations after taking osteoporosis medicines?

Answered by
Dr. Siva Anoop Yella
and medically reviewed by Dr. K Shobana
This is a premium question & answer published on Feb 07, 2021 and last reviewed on: Mar 05, 2021

Hi doctor,

My 75-year-old mother in law suffers from severe osteoporosis. Last year, she started to have motility problems. It got resolved after taking a combination of drugs and physiotherapy. But now, she is having symptoms of irritability, crying without any reason, feeling dejected, crushing around the people with hallucinations, and not finds peace at any place or with anybody. It appears that she wants to be sad every time and not finds happiness in anything. Kindly suggest a mode of action to solve her problems and to make her life comfortable.



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I understand the concern. According to the details given, your mother in law has symptoms of depression due to various stress factors. I recommend having a psychiatrist consultation in person or a video consultation so that a detailed evaluation can be done and medications or counseling can be given. Please mention the medications taken for osteoporosis.

The Probable causes:

Your mother in law has osteoporosis and taken drugs for osteoporosis.

Differential diagnosis:

Your mother in law can have an organic depressive disorder or moderate depression with somatic syndrome.

Probable diagnosis:

Your mother in law can have an organic depressive disorder.

Treatment plan:

Consult a psychiatrist as soon as possible.

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