Pain meds and Anxiety

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   Posted 11/3/2010 8:17 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello all!  I am now on morphine cr and oxycodone for b/t for pain management.  My question is this.  I was on oxycontin years ago and had anxiety with it.  I have always been diagnosed with generalized anxiety disorder and have been on lexapro, xanax,and klonopin.  The klonopin worked the best for me.  I went on methadone about 2 yrs ago and my PM doc said he did not think I should take the klonopin with the methadone.  It was not hard to just stop because I was not on any fixed amount.  I only took it as needed.  Mostly at bedtime to stop my legs from going wild.  Most times I would feel like jumping out of my skin at night.  The klonopin fixed it.  I started taking the methadone and stopped the klonopin.  Funny thing happened , I noticed the methadone not only fixed my pain but also helped with anxiety.  It seemd to keep me even and I slept great.  Now, since I have been forced to stop taking the only thing that has helped me by the Florida legislators I am back full force with my anxiety.  I am now on the morphine cr and my legs go crazy at night,  I feel like jumping out of my skin during the day,  I just feel down right anxous.  I hate it.  My Primary care doc has always offered to give me an anti anxiety med If i needed it but I have always been hesitant because of my meds.  Here are my questions and understand I know we are not doctors (most of us anyway) so these are just comments.  Are some pain meds better than others when adding anti anxiety meds?   I have always heard never ever ever ever mix methadone and xanax!  Is it just as bad to add morphine cr and xanax?  I imagine because methadone has such a long half life that it is not good to add it to anti anxiety meds.  I can tell you that I know the half lifes of these meds are different.  When I took the methaone I know it stayed in my body longer because I felt the pain relief much longer.  THe morphine pain relief just shuts down at about the 7th hour and I hate it.  Are some anti anxiety meds better than others?  Is valium or ativan better to add to a pain med than xanax?  Are any of you on a mixture of pain meds and anti anxiety meds?  I will be seeing my Primary doc next week and will be discussing all this with him.  I may ask if its time to add a small dose of something for anxiety.  I will not take lexapro , paxil etc.  because it completely shuts down my sex life.  I just dont want to be like one of these stars you see on tv that has died because of med interaction.  Anyway,  any comments would be appreciated and I will take them only as comments and not medical advice.  Thank you all and may your life be pain free.

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   Posted 11/3/2010 8:31 AM (GMT -6)   
Yes, I've been told that you have to be very careful with what you mix with methadone because of the risk of a heart arrhythmia. Klonipin is technically an anti-convulsant. I know that I take Lyrica (another anti-convulsant) and Methadone together. My doctor said that taking only 15mg Methadone with 50mg Lyrica is only moderately risky. Maybe with the amount you were taking it would be higher.
I would ask your doc about what you can mix with morphine. A pharmacist might also be able to tell you what interacts with what and suggest what would be a safer alternative is two particular meds don't mix. However, I would imagine morphine would be much safer on many levels. I don't know for sure, but just the fact that morphine tends to be used commonly after surgeries & they administer it together with all kinds of meds makes me think it's probably safer to mix. But perhaps that only applies to the short-term.
I sure hope they can get you something soon to help you feel better. That is just so lousy that your doc stopped prescribing the one med that worked for you.


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   Posted 11/3/2010 8:43 AM (GMT -6)   
There are web sites that you can check drug interactions. Some are stand alone and others are part of a pharmacies web site. Just google drug interactions.

Now just because something comes up with a potential interaction does not automatically mean that the combination is a no go. It is just something to be aware of and make sure you discuss it with your doctor as the benefits might outweigh the potential risks.
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   Posted 11/3/2010 9:50 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Shaw,

I take morphine cr, norco and for anxiety i take xanex. i have not noticed any problems. I also take Celexa as my everyday anxiety med.
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