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Have insomnia. Had complete knee replacement. Taking oxycodone. Was under OTC medication. What can help?

I have been taking oxycodone 20 mg twice a day for the last 2 weeks after a complete knee replacement. I tried to stop four days ago but had to take one last night because I had very little sleep for 3 nights. Is there anyway I can help alleviate my sleeplessness? I have had insomnia before but it was under control with otc medication.
My name is Ginger Shealy and I am 60 years old.

Asked On : Thu, 10 Oct 2013
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Hi Ginger,

If your present sleep disturbance is due to pain, then oxycodone should be sufficient for you. However, if the sleep disturbance persists even when there is no pain, then it is possible that abruptly stopping oxycodone may be responsible. I suggest that rather than stopping it abruptly, you taper it off over a few days and till then, use over the counter medicines to help you with sleep.

Hope this helps you. Best wishes.
Answered: Thu, 10 Oct 2013
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