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Old 04-20-2013, 10:38 PM
Location: TOVCCA
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Zocor (Simvastatin) for cholesterol has been linked to nightmares.
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Old 04-21-2013, 05:32 AM
Location: Hawaii/Alabama
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Originally Posted by SouthernBelleInUtah View Post
Many narcotics cause hallucinations/delusions/vivid dreams in some people. When i was on a dilaudid pain pump in hospital, I didn't know who/where I was 90% of the time. Once I was Princess Diana, twirling around in a beautiful gown in the palace. Now I just take 1/2 dose of lortab if I can get away with it.
I, too had a dilaudid pump while in the hospital but I had the worst nightmares (worse than an Rob Zombie movie). My Doc told me it was because I was on the drip for such a long time (2 weeks); he switched me to morphine and things were better.

Talk to your Doc he may have a better alternative to what you are currently taking.
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Old 04-21-2013, 08:15 AM
Location: Central Maine
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I guess that it depends on how strong a painkiller is and if it is a narcotic. I would tell my doctor right away. Could be a side-effect or result of combining it with some other substance Ie: another med, alcohol. Never had this happen. My son reported nightmares after coming off Paxill. That, however, is an SSRI (selective seretonin re-uptake inhibitor). Different animal.
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Old 04-21-2013, 06:22 PM
Location: South Hampton Roads
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Originally Posted by lil kitty View Post

I'm taking a pain killer prescribed by my doctor. The weird thing is whenever I take a pill and go to sleep, I have multiple nightmares. I wake up few times and fall asleep again, but I can never get off bed.

Sometimes, I feel so aware that I'm dreaming, and I tell myself that this is only a dream, and I try to wake myself up, but I can't.

I was told to take a pill every 3 hours, with no more than 8 pills a day. I never take more than one pill/day.

But once I was in severe pain and I took one, and around 45 mins went back to take another one.

I had shortness of breath, and my chest seemed very tight, with the most evil dreams ever, and I couldn't get myself out of it.

I stopped taking it now. But I'm only trying to understand what causes this and why, like a scientific explanation.

Any similar experiences?
I don't know what the scientific explanation is, but I do know that I have had the same occurrences when on prescription pain meds for any reason. It's rare that I would be on them, but any time I've had to be, I just limited my dosage or stopped them all together after one day! I either deal with the pain or take less powerful over the counter meds like aspirin, tylenol or advil and usually it's enough to get me through.
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