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I'd trade in pain for a nightmare anyday.  Waking up at 3 or 4 in the morning with shooting pains in my legs, I don't have time to dream/

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I take Cymbalta every night at bedtime. There have been times when I did not make it to the pharmacy to pick up my prescription, and I missed a dose or two. The nightmares I experienced were so bizarre and creepy. I asked my prescribing doctor why that happens, and he just flippantly replied, "Why did you miss your medication?" Due to other major issues with this doctor, I stopped seeing him and am seeing someone else. 

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I take Effexor for depression.  The drug does not give me nightmares but if I miss one it's horrible.

I don't even have to go to sleep.  When I close my eyes I see bizarre things.  When I go to sleep the bad dreams start.  I wake up feeling like I have performed physical labor all night. I know it's the medication because my sister took the same drug and she told me about the dreams she had.  Last week I had the prescription refilled and forgot to pick it up before the pharmacy closed.  I hoped missing only one would not affect me but I was wrong.   In the past I have been without it for several days and I was miserable.

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Back in the late 90's I started hormone therapy with I think Premarin or something like it.  For the first week that I took it I had the most horrible nightmares. When I mentioned it to my regular Dr, not the gyno Dr, he said he hadn't heard of any contrindications involving bad dreams.  My dreams were of dead and dying animals littering my back yard.  But it went away after that first week.  Still it was pretty bad.

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Chantix, the prescription stop smoking drug that costs over $400 per month gave me nightmares if taken at bedtime as directed.  I got tense and anxious and clenched my jaw so hard I woke up with head aches and jaw pain.  I went to the dentist and got a custom fitted bite blocker and that helped with the head and jaw aches.

I stopped the night dose and kept the morning dose and the wild nightmares stopped.

Eventually the prescription worked and I weaned off.

Since I stopped taking Chantix at night I don't use the bite blocker any more.  Should have got a cheap mouth guard you boil and fit yourself like the high school football players use.

To prevent nightmares, I recently heard of a prescription drug for that for PTSD victims, but that's all I heard.  Maybe if they were taken together at bedtime?

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I have encountered a couple of nightmares with meds here in the USA. 1) The co-pays are tied to my insurance provider. My ex-employer's group health plan asked for $60 co-pay for a Phosphorus binder. The co-pay shot up to $260.00 with my Medicare Advantage plan which is more than I can afford.

 

2) My local doctor would nor authorize re-fills without an office visit. She said she doesn't do anything unless she is paid.

 

It was so much easier getting my prescriptions filled when I was working in the Kingdom of Bahrain. Every one of my Meds was Over The Counter (OTC). I lived two blocks from the Bahrain Specialist Hospital. I would just visit the hospital pharmacy when I need refills. I usually paid less than my US co-pay so I didn't worry about insurance coverage.

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Did you know Walgreens has an app that makes managing meds easier? All your meds are listed with refill information and you get refill reminders if you sign up for them. To refill just open the app and choose refill from account. It's simple and quick and best of all NO MORE ANNOYING MUSIC!

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Even a small (l/8 tablet) of Hydrocodone taken to relieve nigh migraine can cause wild dreams,

sometimes great and fun, sometimes scary.

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Yes one drug I was on had me scared to sleep,

notice how real they feel?

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Hi Schlomo

 

I know how managing meds can be. It is absolutely dreadful. Have you ever thought of switching pharmacies that can manage you and your wife’s medications for you?  I know there are pharmacies that offer Healthy pack, med Sync services to help with medication management nightmares.  

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