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Had a knee replacement surgery. On dilaudid. Had side effects irritability, anxiety, insomnia. Time to heal?

I recently took dilaudid for a knee replacement surgery. It was 2mg. I got very bad side effects such as irritability, anxiety, insomnia etc. It is now the third day that I am off completely of Dilaudid or any prescription med.I only take aleve. My question is how long will it take for me to come off of these withdrawal symptoms?
Asked On : Thu, 28 Mar 2013
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Psychiatrist 's  Response
Hi there, thanks for asking. If you have not taken this medication while you had been taking for several weeks, insomnia, anxiety and etc may last for several days to go away. The physical symptoms after not taking dilaudid or its similar medications would not last too much. If you had been taking it just for some days, these symptoms will disappear even sooner. Dilaudid can aggravate sleep problem especially in people who have sleep apnea. It is good to ask your doctor to see if you have apnea as well. Best wishes.
Answered: Sun, 31 Mar 2013
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Cardiologist Dr. Anantharamakrishnan's  Response
Hi friend,
Welcome to Health Care Magic

A couple of days more and you will be alright...
No substance abuse before?
Nothing to worry.
You have not stated your personal habits, family history or co-morbidities, even age, gender...which may have an influence...

Take care
Wishing speedy recovery
God bless
Good luck
Answered: Tue, 7 May 2013
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