Musical hallucinations from antifungal
Type of Spiritual Experience
A description of the experience
Voriconazole-induced musical hallucinations. Agrawal AK, Sherman LK. Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas, USA.
Voriconazole (Vfend) is a second-generation azole antifungal that is increasing in popularity especially for the treatment of invasive aspergillosis as well as empirically for the febrile neutropenic patient.
In addition, voriconazole tends to have a mild side effect profile with reversible visual disturbances being the most widely described effect.
We describe a patient who had musical hallucinations secondary to voriconazole. The patient was a 78-year-old man admitted for induction of chemotherapy for acute myelogenous leukemia (AML) who began to have auditory hallucinations, specifically of Christmas music, the 2nd day of voriconazole therapy.
His psychiatric evaluation was otherwise unremarkable. After discontinuing voriconazole the hallucinations decreased in intensity by the 2nd day and ceased altogether by the 3rd day.
An extensive literature search, including Pfizer drug trial safety data, yielded no other reports of auditory hallucinations with voriconazole. Several other interesting cases of musical hallucinations secondary to a variety of causes have been reported in the literature, and are reviewed.
Notably, musical hallucinations tend to occur secondary to temporal lobe insults and often are of a religious or patriotic theme.