Antidepressants & Muscle Relaxers
The most common medications that impact dreams and sleep are probably antidepressant drugs, followed by muscle relaxers. These medications have direct actions on the brain and nervous system, and change the balance of brain chemicals that can lead to very odd cognition and disturbing dreams.
The older tricyclic antidepressants have a positive effect on pain but have had a significant reputation for bad dreams. Newer antidepressants impact the neurotransmitter chemical balance in the brain, and can make emotions, depression, and sleep worse if they are not the right medication for the individual. Muscle relaxers are compounds that have similar structures to drugs used for anxiety. They can cloud thinking and negatively impact sleep.
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