Hi, Welcome!

The community is a safe space for people living with and connected to arthritis to ask questions and share experiences. Get started by registering here and posting your first comment or question!

Sign In with a Versus Arthritis account

Help us improve our website, chatbot and online community
We’d love your help to improve our digital services. It’s important to us that our website, chatbot and online community continue to support and provide information people with arthritis in the right way. We’re excited to be doing research to understand more about what’s working for you and what’s not so we can continue to improve what we’re doing.
You don’t need to be familiar with our digital services or a digital native to take part. The research will take one hour and will be run by a research consultancy SnapOut. Simply fill in the survey below to get involved. Together, we can continue to do more for people living with arthritis.

Fill in this survey to take part

Medication and hallucinations BIG SPIDERS

JenniferB27JenniferB27 Posts: 74
edited 25. Nov 2017, 05:39 in Living with Arthritis archive
Bit of a strange question but just wondered if anyone else has strange hallucinations at night? I have started taking 50mg of amitriptyline and 4 times now I have woke up suddenly seeing a huge spider on my window, convinced it's real I jump up and turn in the light but nothing there. It seems so real at the time and quite distressing. Last night a tarantula crawled under my mirror (supposedly) and I lay terrified. Anyone else experienced this?

Comments

  • dreamdaisydreamdaisy Posts: 31,567 ✭✭✭
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Oh yes, indeed I have: I've 'seen' huge spiders that fill the height and width of walls, and wakened suddenly with a jolt of extreme fright. This was never due to amitryp because I've never taken it, I thought it a dream rather than hallucination. I haven't had it for some time but, whatever the cause, it's not pleasant is it? DD
    Have you got the despatches? No, I always walk like this. Eddie Braben
  • TheLordFlasheartTheLordFlasheart Posts: 346
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    I'm currently on amitriptyline (been on it for 3 months) and can't say I've hallucinated. But then everyone reacts differently to medications.
    "Stoke me a kipper, I'll be back for breakfast"
  • JenniferB27JenniferB27 Posts: 74
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    dreamdaisy wrote:
    Oh yes, indeed I have: I've 'seen' huge spiders that fill the height and width of walls, and wakened suddenly with a jolt of extreme fright. This was never due to amitryp because I've never taken it, I thought it a dream rather than hallucination. I haven't had it for some time but, whatever the cause, it's not pleasant is it? DD
    Not nice at all. It seems real rather than a dream if that makes sense? I always jump up looking for it and even today I was scared to move the mirror incase it was there. Yes they always seem much bigger spiders!
  • littlemimmylittlemimmy Posts: 111
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    This happens to me so often! I'm not on amytriptaline, although my partner has been on it for about five years, but this doesn't really happen to her.

    Just last night I insisted on turning the light on because a large spider was lowering itself from the ceiling towards my face. I was so confused that it had gone when I turned the light on. I kept insisting that I had seen it and she said "what, in the dark?!" and turned the light off!

    It's weird because I don't mind spiders and there are lots in our house. I'd be more upset about squashing one if it climbed on me in the night, so I don't know why I panic about them when they're not real!
  • stickywicketstickywicket Posts: 25,968 ✭✭
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    I've never taken amitrip, and spiders don't bother me, but I was recently, briefly, on morphine post op, and I used to wake up unsure whether reality was my dream or the intensive care unit. The former seemed more vivid than the latter. I always worked it out quickly but it continued to happen until I managed to ditch the morphine.
    “There is always a well-known solution to every human problem - neat, plausible, and wrong.” H.L. Mencken
  • dreamdaisydreamdaisy Posts: 31,567 ✭✭✭
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    They are very real - it's always daylight in the dream and they are always against a cream or white wall so they really stand out. I sit up, gasping and panting, convinced it is in the room. I haven't had this dream for a while which is a relief! DD
    Have you got the despatches? No, I always walk like this. Eddie Braben
  • BabsbBabsb Posts: 26
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    I take amitrip 20 mg at night it helps me sleep. I also take morphine zomorph and cocoda which also helps. Try to take as little as possible through the day but nightime I find is always hardest. The only time I suffered these nightmares were in intensive care which were the worst thing. I have ever had. Hope you find what is causing this. babsb
Sign In or Register to comment.