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Nightmares and Opiates.......

Since I have switched to the more potent opiate, that being Fentanyl, does anyone experience non-stop nightmares like I have? They literally scare me to death some nights and I have to get up for a while. Sometimes I will go right back into the dream.

I have talked with my Doctor about this and he has no ideas on what I can do about these awful things. Does anyone else suffer with these??

Mollyrae
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655875_tn?1295698707
I only take percocet.  I rarely have nightmares.  I hope you can find something to help you.
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662972_tn?1270169901
Hello when I first started taking methadone I did have nightmares but after about few weeks they went away so maybe your will to are you taking anything else also anti-depressants also do that real bad my sister was on trazadone and she had to stop because they were so bad..... Don;t know what causes this though.
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That happens if I take Zyrtec (antihistamine of all things) and sometimes with Ativan if I take one.  I describe them as very "vivid".  And, yes can be very scary.
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Hi all:

I have been on the Fentanyl now for almost a year. The dreams haven't changed. My next step is a medication change. I really hate to do that because the Fentanyl has worked so well. The other downside is the constant tiredness. Always tired.

Chow,
Molly
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Hi Mollyrae,

I am pretty sure it was Glenn Beck--do you know him? He's on the radio and tv.
He soke on and wrote about his experiences with the patch that had him feel like he was going crazy and or dying. I forget everything he said but he had an operation and he said the patch did some terrible things to him.

I don't know why, with all the pain sufferers in the world, in reality, I feel we don't have many choices.

Molly, I hope you can find something that works for you. I have musscle and bone pain and can't seem to get anything just right for the pain, which is why I feel like just stopping, unless I notice a difference. If I don't, I will continue to taper.

I wish you luck. Let us know what happens.
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I take oxycontin and I have the nightmares too but I have the really weird dreams more than the scary nightmares.
I know it is the medicine as I have never really had dreams or nightmares.
I think I will check into this and see if it has been studied.
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535089_tn?1400677119
Thanks Sandee, It would be interesting to see what information or studies are out there. I have to say that I don't have the "mares" all the time...I also have the really wierd ones but the majority are scary.
Thanks for the input!
Molly
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