• Which is more important, sleep, or taking pain medication on time?

    Asked by armk520 on Wednesday, January 9, 2013

    Which is more important, sleep, or taking pain medication on time?

    My father-in-law sleeps sporadically, and was put on morphine yesterday. He's supposed to take it every four hours, but now and then he is out like a light when it's time for another pill. Should we wake him up to give him the pain medicine, or let him sleep and just give it to him when he wakes?

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    • SueRae1's Avatar

      sleep, if the pain is not keeping you awake, it is better to sleep and then take the medication when you wake up.

      almost 4 years ago
    • karen1956's Avatar

      sleep....because with lack of sleep, everything else is worse...lack of sleep impacts every aspect of functioning.....

      almost 4 years ago
    • carm's Avatar
      carm (Best Answer!)

      Ask your doc for either a pain patch or morphine intensol. An intensol is squirted into the cheek pocket and gets absorbed thru the mucosal lining of the cheek so he does not have to swallow it. A pain patch is time released and will last thru the night. Best of luck, Carm.

      almost 4 years ago
    • gwendolyn's Avatar

      Let sleeping patients lie.

      almost 4 years ago
    • abrub's Avatar

      One consideration is that pain is better managed if you keep ahead of it. On morphine, your father-in-law might well not remember being awakened for his pill. However, if the pain gets ahead, it may be difficult to bring it back under control. See how he's handling it. Normally I'd agree with SueRae1 and let sleeping patients lie, but I'd hate to see him suffer, waiting to get the pain back under control. (And the morphine will put him back to sleep anyway.)

      almost 4 years ago

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