Antidepressants and dreams

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tangerine bear
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   Posted 7/22/2007 8:10 AM (GMT -6)   
Does anyone else have a problem with their antidepressant giving them vivid or unpleasant dreams? It's practically every night for me and I don't think I get a restful sleep because of it. Many days I wake up so tired. I'm on Lexapro (for about 2-1/2 years). My waking life is much better on the antid's, but my dreams are really starting to bother me. Sometimes I think I'm going totally nuts...
 
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   Posted 7/22/2007 9:16 AM (GMT -6)   

Hey Bear,

I had the vivid dreams with nightmare quality and it may have been when I was on Lexapro which I took for about  8 weeks. They went   away when I switched meds. I don't know if the med was the cause for sure. :)


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   Posted 7/22/2007 9:41 AM (GMT -6)   
maybe it's time for a switch for me too, i guess i need to talk to the doc about it next visit... thanks for your reply, Skitt
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   Posted 7/22/2007 8:55 PM (GMT -6)   
t-bear i am a new comer to this depresion thing with total anxiety to run around the city if i could
walk with osteo-arthiritis legs,feet and oh yep hands too--''dreams hun''on some of this good stuff
never had the good meds with crohns over 13yrs but now ''if i could only catch some of the cute
men and not the ugly ones--lol-really this depression and anxiety has really got me ''low''
the med i fly high till i hit the ground and told that's try another--well--in the end i'll know about
depression meds or just not care from my brain freeze--best wishes--georgialady
crohns since 1994-retired--imuran,remicade infusions--now severve crohns
fistula on terminal,high blood preasure diabetes,thickening around the upper stomach wall to bottom--have had asacol,carafate,coreg,dyazide,aciphex,ambein 10mgs. lopid and glucotrol10mgs.zanax.05 and now perocet-5--- depression
anxiety and never ending pain--with osteo-arthritis ..god bless us all.


Dee75
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   Posted 7/22/2007 9:49 PM (GMT -6)   
I have vivid dreams and I'm taking Ambien. I'm only going to take a half one tonight. I don't like the dreams. Their confusing and so vivid.
Wishing you sweet dreams. Dee

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   Posted 7/23/2007 5:33 PM (GMT -6)   

Thank you for your replies,

I am still having the dreams, but at least last night they weren't horrible. The reason my dreams are so disturbing is that often my deceased family members are in them, and it seems so real... I wake up very upset. I reduced my dose, which I do from time to time (with doctor's permission), but I guess I'll just have to wait and see. I wish I could be sure a change in antidepressants would get rid of this... I can't afford to go into another major depression with my new job training which lasts another 9 weeks... maybe when it's over???

(((Hugs))) to all,

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ShynSassy
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   Posted 7/24/2007 5:17 AM (GMT -6)   
Bear
I too had very vivid dreams,and they did not stop until about 2 years after taking the antidepressants.
It is sure hard to get a good nights sleep like that.
If it continues I would contact your doctor and let them know.



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   Posted 7/26/2007 9:38 AM (GMT -6)   
When I started Lexapro, the first thing I noticed was the insanely vivid, weird dreams. They were so bizarre but so real! Now that I'm on Celexa I hardly even remember my dreams but I know they're not nearly as strange. I think it's definitely the Lexapro.
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savingfriday
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   Posted 11/20/2013 7:23 PM (GMT -6)   
My dreams are so real that I wake up sweating/crying/screaming!! Not much fun. I have been on lithium, cipralex, wellbutrin, seroquel and cymbalta for the last several years. Dosages have changed of course. I am bi-polar and schizophrenic with suicidal tendencies. I need my pills but my God, I can't take these dreams any more.

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   Posted 11/21/2013 3:50 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Savingfriday,

I know this sounds stupid, but I had reoccurring dreams and found a dream catcher helped. I am sorry your medication is causing you to dream so much. I took Effexor for years and it caused me to dream a lot, though I always had anyway. Have you talked to a therapist about your dreams. I use to have night mares, but I didn't remember them. Only the waking up screaming part. I don't have them so much anymore, but my situation has changed too so that has helped.

I don't know if your situation is what is making the dreams bad. I would talk to a professional about it, I hope that you don't have to change your medications if they are working for you.

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MissDee84
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   Posted 11/21/2013 9:49 PM (GMT -6)   
I have vivid dreams. I take Ambien. I'm also thinking of taking half a pill.

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   Posted 11/22/2013 8:55 AM (GMT -6)   
MissDee84

Welcome to the forum.

You may consider talking to the doctor and finding another medication that does not have so many side effects.

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MissDee84
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   Posted 11/23/2013 1:07 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Trina! I'll give that a try.
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