How do Pain Medications Impact your Dreams?

Minnesota Physical Medicine Blog

weird dreamsMany medications used in pain management have been known to cause weird dreams. Medications that tend to have some effect on the brain can also have an effect on sleep and dreams.

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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2 thoughts on “How do Pain Medications Impact your Dreams?

  1. tracy p says:

    I am so proud to call heather my niece. through all this pain and lack of sleep and PAIN! she is able to find hope. she stays positive, even if its a half smile, she still tries. anyone can sit back and wallow in the pain etc. but not her! yes she has bad days. but trust, for most of us, our bad day is her good day. I KNOW once she is in remission, then she will be able to help so many other people. please send good thoughts her way.


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