I take oxycodone 5mg three times a day and I take Lunesta 3mg for sleep. I do not take these medications together. My question is how many hours need to go by after I take my pain meds to safely take the Lunesta.
Very good question as these medications have a major interaction meaning:
Drug interactions for the following 2 drug(s):
Interactions between your drugs
Applies to: oxycodone, Lunesta (eszopiclone)
Using narcotic pain or cough medications together with other medications that also cause central nervous system depression can lead to serious side effects including respiratory distress, coma, and even death. Talk to your doctor if you have any questions or concerns. Your doctor may be able to prescribe alternatives that do not interact, or you may need a dose adjustment or more frequent monitoring to safely use both medications. Do not drink alcohol or self-medicate with these medications without your doctor's approval, and do not exceed the doses or frequency and duration of use prescribed by your doctor. Also, you should avoid driving or operating hazardous machinery until you know how these medications affect you. It is important to tell your doctor about all other medications you use, including vitamins and herbs. Do not stop using any medications without first talking to your doctor.
The correct answer must be given by your DR.
The time between taking pain meds and sleep drugs or Xanax or anxiety drugs is one hour. So if you take your Oxycodone at 8 pm, take your Lunesta one hour later at 9pm. This is the recommended protocol in hospitals also. Good luck to you!
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