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MsJo
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   Posted 4/15/2010 6:31 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi everyone,
Just wondering if anyone suffers from night sweats as a side effect from an AD. I am currently taking Zoloft, have just cut down from 100mg per day to 50mg over 3 weeks, but still suffering badly with the night sweats. My GP tells me that this is NOT a side effect of the med, but I disagree, everything else has been ruled out e.g. hormonal imbalances, diet, room temp.
Has anyone else had the same side effect, and how did you manage it???
Thanks Jo

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   Posted 4/15/2010 7:48 PM (GMT -7)   
I too also have night sweats so bad that I have to change my pj's and bedding at times.
Mine is from cymbalta and that I had a total hystromy, my doctor has me on also premarin a hormone treatment.  Some nights are better then others!!!!!!!
I take cymbalta with zoloft and I have not found any additional sweats.  I hope this can help with some of your questions....
 
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   Posted 4/16/2010 12:31 AM (GMT -7)   
yeah i have night sweats, mine from cyclic dreaming. heavy stuff. hoping you feel better soon, jamie.
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   Posted 4/16/2010 2:59 AM (GMT -7)   
hi msjo i also suffer from terrible night sweats and my doc has told me it's from my antidepressant and not my lack of hormones. This may sound silly to you but give this a try ok. When you go to bed if it's warm make sure you alway's wear a cotton pair of p.j.'s even if you feel to warm and when you go to bed you will find that your sweats decrease dramatically. You may think how silly but my pdoc told me to try this and it really does work so there is no harm in trying hey???? Let me know how it goes for you and i really hope this does help you.
 
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    lori_mom
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       Posted 4/16/2010 3:37 PM (GMT -7)   
    I have had both night sweats and weight gain.  Both I feel due to Zoloft.  I asked to be taken off, and was given a taper program. 1/2 for 10 days, 1/2 every other day for 10 days.  Now off completely.  Nights sweats have redused somewhat, but still gaining weight.  I DO NOT eat that much, and would love to get back into my clothes for my sons HS graduation next month.  Any chance of that?  I will not do a starvation diet to get there, but put on 20 lbs in 2 months and have about 1 month to get some of it off.  Any suggestions or encouragement that it will fall off as fast as it jumped on?

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       Posted 4/16/2010 3:57 PM (GMT -7)   
    Hi Lori_mom,

    Welcome to the HealingWell Depression forum. I am so glad that you have joined us. I hope that you can get some good responses too.

    But, ... Healthwise, it is good to lose about two pounds every week. The faster that you lose it, the faster that you gain it back. It is hard to lose a lot of weight fast anyway unless you are taking diet pills or something like that. Which are only healthy when prescribed. I use to do good with slimfast though. But I truthfully kind of gave up. I try to walk daily. I am maintaining my weight, but am losing slowly. And I keep going up and down. So I have no quick solutions other than exercise and eat right. Drink a lot of water too. Water should be your drink of choice I would say.

    I hope tht you continue to post. It is the weekend and it is often slow on the weekend. I hope that you have a good one.

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    lori_mom
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       Posted 4/16/2010 5:02 PM (GMT -7)   
    A bit more of my history: I have had night sweats before the Zoloft. They definately increased while I was on, and have lessened but not disappeared since stopping. My mom gave me a "cool" pillow for Christmas- stays cool so you don't have to keep turning it over in the night.  Have tried wearing cotton PJ's, no PJ's, socks, no socks.  Have had to change PJ's and bathe in the night.  Not sure how much is due to hormones or lack of at this point. 
    As far as the weight, I have suffered from chronic diarhea for 2 years now, unable to diagnose. (Mayo clinic even said, huh, we don't know, hope it gets better)  Lost 25 lbs from that in about a year, and was gradually putting weight back on.  Had stabalized at 120 and was good where I was, then went on Zoloft.  After a few months on it, I started a rapid weight gain- clothes don't fit, including bra's.  Now after a couple more months, I am at nearly 145, and yes, I still have chronic diahrea.  I am now thinking I should see my doc and make sure there isn't anything else going on.  I don't want to blame the med if that isn't the cause, but it sure seems that way.  Was hoping if it was waterweight or something, it would drop off once I stopped the Zoloft.  You'd think with all that sweating in the night,  there wouldn't be any water left :)  Thanks for the support, I will continue to post, now that I've found you!

    MsJo
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       Posted 4/18/2010 4:08 PM (GMT -7)   

    Hi Lori_mom, Have they ruled out irritable bowel syndrome?? It is very common here in Australia.

    Like you, I have tried everything to combat the night sweats and nothing seems to work. I do find that when the night is cold, they are worse, maybe because my body tries to warm itself up and doesn't know when to stop!! I find the cotton, waffle type blankets are much better than a doona and the sports type tops that breathe are good too. I pinched my son's basket ball top and tried that, guess what it actually helped (untill he found out and banned me from ever doing that again!!) Then I found this web site and purchased a nightie, which I find really helps with the sweats also - www.eaden.com.au  Not cheap, but worth it. I too thought with all that sweating, how could I still be putting on weight?? I am convinced it's the Zoloft, so have cut mine down to 1/2 over the last 3 weeks, now ready to go to every other day. Let me know if you notice any difference in the weight over the next few weeks. I have done the lemon detox diet before (only for 6 days) and lost weight rapidly. I might give that another go when I finish my meds, just to get a kick start and then go on to a really sensible diet.

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       Posted 4/18/2010 4:48 PM (GMT -7)   
    Jo,

    Would you mind explaining the lemon detox diet? It sounds interesting to me.

    Thanks,

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       Posted 4/18/2010 6:55 PM (GMT -7)   

    Hi Karen, I used the Lemon Detox diet just before going on holidays when none of my summer clothes fitted!! I checked with my Dr first to make sure it was safe and would not interfere with any of my meds, he said it would be fine. It consists of a natural, high potentcy maple syrup that is mixed with lemon juice and water and drunk as many times through out the day that you feel hungry. While on the diet, you are not allowed to eat anything else what so ever and the only other thing you are allowed to drink is water and sena tea. The syrup gives you all the energy you need and stops the hunger pangs. It is also recommended that you put a sprinkle of cayene pepper in as well, as this speeds up the metabolism. They also suggest you drink a glass of salt water first thing in the morning, to cleanse your whole system, but for the life of me I could not tollerate this, made me feel really really sick, to the point of vomitting, so i gave up on that and just stuck to the lemon drink. It is quite refreshing and sweet and really easy to drink. I did not feel hungry at all. I did feel a little tired and had a few headaches, but that only lasted a short while. Then I had lots of energy and felt great. I lost about 10 lbs. But then went on holiday and put it all back on again. The Lemon Detox diet can be purchased on-line www.lemondetox.com , shop around though because it can be cheaper on other sites, may be called something different, but same concept. I thought that once I get off the zoloft, it would be good to give whole system a cleanse and then start a fresh.

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       Posted 4/18/2010 7:14 PM (GMT -7)   
    Question for Jamie....... excuse my ignorance, but what is cyclic dreaming. I have very vivid dreams and know when I wake up that it has just been a dream, but it plays on my mind all day and then I try to analyse what it means, and work out why am I having these dreams (very exhausting) but I can't stop, and sometimes the "story" of the dream continues, maybe not the very next night, sometimes not even the same week, but continues along the same path, same people, same circumstances up to a month after the original dream. Then it will go away for awhile, but always comes back sad this is bazzar, yes??

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       Posted 4/18/2010 7:39 PM (GMT -7)   
    That is so wierd, because I dream like that too. I will dream something one night and then go back to it the next. My problem is that I forget the dream usually the next day, but I know that I am doing it. I have dreamed about things and then in real life, down the road a ways, they come true. But yeah, I do that too. And dream of places often over and over and they are places that I have never seen before. I wonder if one day I will see them.

    I know that lemon is good for your liver, it detoxes it I guess. I use to drink lemon water in the mornings. Hot lemon water. It seems to make you feel good too. I also did a lot of cold lemon water. When I was drinking that it was about the best that I have ever felt. No sweetener in it, just ice water and lemon.

    Now I am on a lot of medications, should I ask my doctor about this before I try it if I do? I guess I probably should. So that was kind of a stupid question I guess. Oh well. That is how my mind works sometimes.

    Well, I hope that you have a good night/morning, whenever you read this. Take care.

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    MsJo
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       Posted 4/18/2010 8:18 PM (GMT -7)   
    Thanks Karen,
    Not a stupid question!! sometime we just need a bit of affirmation!!
    Yes, deffinately speak to your Dr before starting a detox diet. OR, I find that my local Pharmacist is very knowledgable in the way meds work/react with certain things. I was worried that doing a detox would actually detox all the meds out of my system, but he told me that the meds I were on actually worked on the brain and travelled quite quickly through my system anyway, so I didn't have a problem. But I guess all meds work differently, so best check first.
    Jo

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       Posted 4/18/2010 9:42 PM (GMT -7)   
    around 5-6 dreams that roll over. very intense. i usually awake at the end of each one-due to intensity, go back to sleep and it starts back again. the dreams are usually theme based, very dark and very scary. i remember each dream phase intricatly, i wish i didn't. thx for your concern, jamie.
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       Posted 4/19/2010 6:05 AM (GMT -7)   
    As far as the chronic diahrea, I DO have ulcerative colitis, however that has been ruled out as the cause of this, as has everything else they could test for basically. Because of that, I am very leary of trying anything that detoxes or clenses my system, for fear of stirring things up worse. I had heard about the nightgown, but didn't know where to find it- thanks for that info. Also like the sports wear idea- never thought of that- they wick away moisture, so that may really work, and easier to get that the nightgown. I have dreams about being in a building with changing rooms & stairways (Like Hogwarts) but not always when I wake up sweating. I'll update if any weight disappears :)

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       Posted 4/21/2010 6:10 AM (GMT -7)   
    unless it has changed recently, my thyroid was checked about 1 1/2 years ago with all the other blood work, etc. The night sweats have lessened, though not disappeared since going off the Zoloft, so I am pretty sure the really bad ones were due to the med. Now, if the weight lessens as well, I will be a much happier camper- without the Zoloft!

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       Posted 5/2/2010 11:24 PM (GMT -7)   
    Hi all,
    Just checking in....... well I've tapered off the Zoloft and am now down to 25mg every 2nd day, have been for 2 weeks. The night sweats have decreased dramatically and I am sleeping like a "baby" again!! The weight continues to increas though. I've seem to have put on another 2kgs in 2 weeks, and the mood swings are starting to return mad I am trying really hard to control the moods because I don't want to go back on the Zoloft, but it just feels like I don't have any patience, especially with hubby (poor thing!) These moods have a habit of forming depression, and I am trying to cull them before it starts again. Any advice or suggestions would be most appreciated.
    Thanks
    Jo :-)

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       Posted 5/3/2010 7:43 AM (GMT -7)   
    While my reason for Zoloft was not the same, I am a firm believer of therapy at the same time as meds, so I hope you are doing that. If not, try it. If it isn't helping, find another person. And no bad side effects :)
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