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    Posted: Nov/29/2010 at 1:02pm
Does anyone else get mood swings while taking opiate pain medication?
I find that about 3-4 hours after I take them I am much more likely to get angry. I don't like being angry, so I usually just close my door until it passes.
My usual trigger for getting angry is my house, well, the way it looks, and it is when Fiona is home from school, so I end up taking it out on her, hence the reason for going back in my room and closing the door. It seems that the frustration just boils up in me at that point in the med's cycle and I am much more prone to blowing up. I noticed it just now, I walked out into the kitchen and I was mildly irritated, but I know when I go out there again later I will be more apt to get angry. Is it the meds or just me?
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Hi Stacey-Yes it could be the opiates. When I took percocet it affected me like that with mood swings and feeling irritable. It's odd for me as the same ingredient that's in percocet is what I take now in extended release oxycontin. Maybe another med would help? Sara
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Stacey, I can't say that I've ever noticed mood swings that coincide in any way with the medications themselves, but I do get really frustrated and more prone to tears when I'm hurting the most, and often that is after I've been doing something for a while and get tired, or at a time when meds are wearing off but it's too soon to take any more.

Hope you can get to the bottom of this and get it sorted out. It really doesn't sound like you to be grumpy, you're always so good natured no matter what is being thrown at you.

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stacey...i have the same trouble as you ... that is being more prone to getting angry just after i take dilaudid. several times i have hit the roof and mouthed off at people and wondered why i did that. after studying when it happened i discovered the dilaudid had touched it off.....pete
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Thanks Ladies,
It happened again. I had to come in my room just to get away from it. I did manage to get some dishes done. I really just want to throw everything except what we really need out, then there won't be piles of dirty dishes and pots and pans, if Fi wants to cook she will only have one pan to use and have to wash it if it is dirty.
I am afraid to ask my doctor to change my medication because of this. I am afraid that she will take it away and I will have nothing. She refuses to change it, or increase my dosage for about 2 1/2 years now.
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hi stacey...now that i'm aware of the drug making me angry i can catch myself before opening my mouth and saying angry words.....pete
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Stacey,

Yes, I become very depressed and irritable on OxyContin( ER ).  It's happened to me following my spinal fusions, and again, when I tried about six months ago to take it.  However, I can take oxycodone (immediate release), without any problem.

We all seem to react differently to these narcotics, and I am more then a little concerned that your physician will not listen to you and change your medication.  Knowing that you have not been able to see her for quite some time, is it possible that if you discussed this new revelation that your medication is affecting your mental outlook, she would be more inclined to help you find something else that would not make you moody and irritable?

You know, I think what happens in many circumstances, is that the medication just brings to the surface level, these feelings of frustration and irritability--and then you walk out into your living room or your kitchen and become totally overwhelmed with having to clean things up.  This is completely understandable.  Something else, maybe to sit down when you're not feeling frustrated and talk to Fiona about this--in other words, tell her that you truly need help keeping your home neat.

Honey, I do hope you get this figured out--I hate knowing that you're feeling this way.  Big hugs to you, Stevie.  ;-)



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Hey Stace
 
My Slow-realease Oxycontin can make me feel incredible depression. I take 40 mg at might and 45mg in the morning and things are okay most mornings - but if I take that extra 5mg at night - recipe for disaster
 
Sometimes I take and extra 5 mg during the afternoon - but I would rather put up with the pain than endure the depression - and that's a tough call
 
Oxycontin - or oxycodone hydrochloride is a drug hated by many - so much so - they will probably go on giving it to us forever
 
And about your moods and being incredibly angry - yes - I have been there - anger is the outside of depressionn- and a bit of yelling in a safe place has it's benefits
 
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I made it through the afternoon yet again. I ended up crouched with my back against the lower kitchen cabinets to rest my neck while I was cooking as I couldn't walk away from it. I ended up over cooking it anyway.

I find that on the rare occasions that I don't take my medication I am not quite as cranky, I am in more pain, but my disposition is much better.

I told Fiona I am done trying to talk to her, I am taking the wireless receiver off of her computer each and every day until she is done with whatever I need her to do, then she can have it back.
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Stacey,
My PM has told me time and time again that continued intractable/chronic pain can in itself cause those types of issue over time.  He will ask how my mood has been at many visits. 
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Stacey,

Just checking in to see how you're feeling today.  As Anna has said, pain in and of itself is enough to make us feel miserable.  But from personal experience, I do know that certain narcotics make me feel flat out awful, and that is why I have to limit them and only take them when absolutely necessary.  It is a Catch-22 situation.

Way to go with setting limits with Fiona.  She has to know that she must help you out and not make your life more difficult.  Oh, the joy of teenagers plus chronic pain.  Hugs to you honey Stevie

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Well, I didn't take any meds yesterday before I went out so I avoided the cranky mood by both not being home and skipping the dose. I took 10mg, early today, then naproxen later. I hurt like He77 right now, but I am not angry or cranky, just sore. I don't know which is worse??
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What a catch 22 Stacey.  I don't know which is worse either.  Been there---done that.

I know that 5mg of Oxycodone helps the pain when it is BAD and doesn't make me cranky, but I have sure been a B**** on other pain meds.  Wish your Dr. would let you try something else.  You should be able to have some pain management without feeling awful.  Hugs honey.

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Stacey,
 
I don't get angry with my opiates, but I feel that I get a lift about 1/2 after I take it. Then when it wears out I get all droopy and sleepy. Because of that, I really think that taking my morphine at night has something to do with my insomnia. But if I don't take it, the pain wouldn't let me sleep either.
 
One thing that really made me extremely angry was Tegretol. I was still working when I was put on it for trigeminal neuralgia and omg, I would take it in the morning, and would get transformed into a complet B--- while working in the OR. I would become such a horrible person that I didn't even like myself. It all stopped when I stopped the drug.
 
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The percocet keeps me awake even though when it wears off I feel sleepy. Feeling sleepy and being sleepy are two entirely different states. I am going to try to adjust my sleep schedule to see if that helps any. I am hoping that if I can take it that much earlier in the day then if I get irritable it will be over with by dinner time, and not going on while I am trying to cook and clean up. 
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I have the same problem with percocet.  It "perks me up".  I am sleepy/groggy but cannot sleep.  I think that trying to adjust the time you take it is a good thing to do.  It is all trial and error, isn't it?

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Stacey,

Percocet also keeps me awake if I take it just before bedtime.  I have learned that for me I have to take that last percocet at least 2-3 hours before bedtime.  My medication schedule covers 4 times daily, so I take that last percocet with my evening meds (taken around 5-6 pm); instead of with my bedtime medications. 

I don't know if this will work for you, but it has really helped me get to sleep.  Good luck on finding the right time for you on this medication.

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