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Pain killers keep me wide awake, anyone else?

ajamiesonaajamieson Posts: 65
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:39 AM in Pain Medications
I am awaiting surgery and have been given several pain killers to try in the meantime. One side effect I have with all is that they make me WIDE AWAKE. They don't help the pain and I can't sleep. Anyone else with this problem? What do you do to help get sleep and kill the pain? Thanks, Ann


  • I currently take Percocet and it has a similar effect on me as well. My PM doctor has me take a Xanax and a muscle relaxant at night. The Xanax really helps calm down and not stress out at night so much. I don't know exactly what all your currently taking but you might want to talk to your doctor about an anti anxiety or muscle relaxer to help you sleep.

    Before I started taking Xanax I would take a benadryl allergy to help me sleep. My advice would be to talk to your doctor and see if he has something to help you sleep.
  • Excitation from opiates/opiods is definitely normal. You are pre op and so they are likely giving you a LOT of stuff and well, the lack of sleep is worth the lack of pain right? My best defense was lights out at the same time EVERY night, and up at the same time every morning, regardless. Good luck!

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