Oxycodone and Sleep Disorders

Oxycodone and Sleep DisordersOxycodone is an opioid narcotic that is prescribed by doctors. Oxycodone is generally used to treat pain and symptoms that affect the nervous system. It is derived from opium and poppy seeds. The medication is used to treat moderate to severe pain, as stated by the National Library of Medicine (NLM). As a narcotic, oxycodone is highly addictive and should never be taken without consulting a doctor.

According to the National Institute of Health (NIH), sleep disorders can be made up of any of the following:

  • Sleep apnea
  • Insomnia
  • Restless leg syndrome
  • Narcolepsy
  • Night terrors

While these are not all of the forms of sleep disorders, they are the most common. Using or abusing oxycodone may intensify these disorders or cause them in some cases. These disorders may also multiply the need for medication and unintentionally cause an addiction.

Sleep Disorders and Addiction

Sleep disorders are very difficult to deal with because they can affect health, daily life, relationships, and many other things. Lack of sleep or difficulty sleeping may cause many problems, including the following:

  • Extreme tiredness
  • Muscle soreness
  • Anger
  • Depression
  • Restlessness

The effects of sleep disorders may lead people to take medications such as oxycodone because narcotics can help people fall asleep. Taking too much of this medication may inadvertently cause an addiction.

Can Oxycodone Cause Sleep Disorders?

On the other hand, overuse or abuse of oxycodone may also cause sleep disorders. When oxycodone is taken as prescribed, it is used to treat pain and may cause drowsiness. If too much is taken, the National Library of Medicine (NLM) reports that it can cause excitability and excesses of energy, which may make it difficult to fall asleep and be harmful to the muscles. This can cause restless legs or night terrors and ruin a night of sleep.

Addiction Help

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