mental health


Question by  arkadeb313 (67)

What should I do about pain medications for cancer causing paranoia?


Answer by  FluffyKitty (109)

It sounds as if you should be talking to a good pharmacist about all the different medicines you are on. Some pain medications like Percocet can cause hallucinations and paranoia if combined with another medicine You should definitely see about switching some of your meds around I think. God bless!


Answer by  G12345 (1808)

You need to see the doctor who prescribed them as this is never normal. You likely need to decrease thw dose or change medications.


Answer by  JoeyT (78)

Many states now advocate legal marijuana as a pain reliever for cancer. Unfortunately it can cause paranoia and delusions in some people. Combinations of drugs such as narcotics, sleeping pills and tranquilizers can also have the same effect. It is recommended that individuals with these symptoms speak to their doctor.

Reply by Nancy89 (50):
I kinda doubt if someone is prescribed pot that they will get paranoid unless they use more than they ought to.  add a comment
Reply by lauraRnpa (10):
Yes Nancy, it does happen alot.. paranoia from Marijuana is not uncommon.  add a comment

Answer by  Bob53 (414)

Some people will inevitably get paranoid from taking pain medications. If you can avoid taking your pain medication, that's one option. Another option is speaking to a mental health care professional about your situation and asking for anti-anxiety help.


Answer by  RoyalT (116)

Are ya'll sure that it is the pain meds causing the problem. My friend in Florida has been dealing with cancer for a few years and she gets really paranoid. She sees a therapist now because it turned out she was so scared and anxious her mind played tricks.


Answer by  sonyacarlson (695)

You should talk to your doctor and request a different dosage or medicine if the pain drugs you are using are causing paranoia.


Answer by  dr84bhl (2789)

Medication is taken for cancer depending on the amount of pain a person is suffering. When the pain gets worse the medication is increased accordingly.


Answer by  G12345 (1808)

I would recommend seeing either your cancer doctor or a palliative care or chronic pain specialist. you may need to change to another opiate, like hydromophone that does not have as many toxic metabolites. Paranoia is not an acceptable side effect and need to be investigated as to the cause.

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