zoloft and sleep

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troubles
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   Posted 9/29/2008 12:06 PM (GMT -6)   
hey everyone... i am new to the forums and this is my first post. i chose to join this forum because it seems like everyone is so caring and actually wants to help. but anyways i was just put on zoloft for my anxiety and it has been about 2 weeks since. i am currently taking 50mg per day, everyday. my problem is that i am having a very hard time sleeping. this medication seems to be starting to work for my anxiety but at night i just lay in bed and feel very gitty and like i want to do something. i was just wondering if there is any medication that i can ask my doctor for that will just knock me out at night. i have tryed ambien cr, that was givin to me by my friend, and nothing even happened...so i think i need something stronger than this. any suggestions are apprecited. thank you

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   Posted 9/29/2008 2:30 PM (GMT -6)   
Welcome to Healingwell troubles!! Are you taking the Zoloft first thing in the morning or are you taking it at bedtime? My first suggestion would be taking it first thing in the morning if you arent already. If that's what you are doing already, I would ask your doc for something to help you sleep at night. I don't have any recommendations and feel you should talk to your doctor about that, that way you make sure your not having any drug interactions. Good luck!!!

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nervymeg
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   Posted 9/29/2008 6:50 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi Troubles,

Welcome to HW! It's lovey to have you join us. My partner was recently put on zoloft and he has had some sleep problems too.  He was back to his normal sleep patterns after three weeks so it may just be that you need some time to adjust. Having said that...I hate insomnia!! I take ativan to help me sleep and maybe your doc could prescribe something to help you through this stage.

If you continue to have sleep problems you may need to ask your doc about alternate meds. Keep us up to date with what happens. I really hope you get some sleep :-)

Welcome again!
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Kiss520
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   Posted 9/30/2008 3:04 PM (GMT -6)   

I was just looking at a Zoloft page regarding side effects, because I just recently started taking 50 mg as well.  It says to call your doctor at once if you have worsening symptoms like trouble sleeping and restlessness.  Here's a link to the page:

http://www.drugs.com/zoloft.html

Look under "Zoloft side effects" for more details.  You may want to check with your doc about this, and remember not to stop taking it without talking to your doc first because this medication requires weaning.  Stopping abruptly can have nasty effects.

 


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   Posted 10/1/2008 10:43 AM (GMT -6)   

troubles

Good Morning and Welcome to HealingWell.  We love to have new members so we are glad you found us.

One of the side effects of Zoloft is insomnia but that usually gets better once you reach your therapeutic range.  This can take 4-6 weeks.

I take Trazodone 100 mg for sleep and do very well on that.  Many of the members use Trazodone for sleep.  I would suggest you call your  physician and explain your concerns.

Keep us posted and know we are here for you.

Kitt


 

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Raea
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   Posted 10/1/2008 10:57 AM (GMT -6)   
Kitt -
 
Do you ever feel you get anxiety from trazadone?  Or am I some kind of freak of nature?  I can't take it for more than 2 days in a row before I start becoming almost neurotic.  This goes for other ones also.  Isn't trazadone an anti-anxiety med??  I don't handle meds well anyway, but its frustrating.  I do meditation and all that - but it would be nice to have that quick fix once in a while when life gets super busy...
 
thanks

troubles
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   Posted 10/1/2008 11:40 AM (GMT -6)   
i think trazadone is for sleep med. but thank you very much everyone... i am going to wait for the zoloft to fully kick in. i have a doctor appointment for when i get to like 6 weeks of taking the meds. so when i go in for that i will see how i am feeling and then go from there. thanks again. also does trazadone take very long to kick in at night and how long does it last?

Howlyncat
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   Posted 10/1/2008 12:58 PM (GMT -6)   
My Cait was told to take hers at morning so she did not have probs with sleeping as was posted it can cause insomnia

Trazadone is for sleeping as far as I know
I know it helps me greatly
I like lil sis take 100 mgs per night and have a hot milk to go along with it

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Raea
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   Posted 10/1/2008 1:10 PM (GMT -6)   
All I do know is that when you take sleeping meds - make sure you sit up for a 1/2 hour so you can digest it properly before lying down.

Howlyncat
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   Posted 10/1/2008 2:03 PM (GMT -6)   
Some meds especially sleeping meds DO need to be taken as you have posted
Thanks for the reminder

** also as well some meds ( sleeping) if taken too long prior to going to bed can work the opposite**

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stkitt
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   Posted 10/1/2008 2:33 PM (GMT -6)   

Trazodone is a pyschoactive compound with sedative and anti-depressant properties. The therpeutic dose for depression is 300mg - 400 mg per day in divided doses.

Used off label for sleep the dose is 50 - 150 mg at bed time.  I have never needed more the 100mg.  The first night I took it nothing happened but the second night it worked very well.

Hope this helps you.

Kitt

 
 
 
 

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Howlyncat
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   Posted 10/1/2008 2:42 PM (GMT -6)   
Thats weird LIl sis
I have had to go up to 150 at times about every 3 or 4 weeks depending on my "thinking"
Thats what the Trazadone does for me
Stops my mind from thinking and worrying all the night long ya know

GREAT info Lil sis as per usual

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cantsleep
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   Posted 5/5/2009 5:36 PM (GMT -6)   
My son has been given a prescription for zoloft. For insomnia. His brain never shuts down to let him sleep. He may have ocd. He's sure he does. has a restless leg all the time. After reading all these sleep problems i have to wonder if we should even try it. What do you think

bojalaisgirl
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   Posted 5/5/2009 8:41 PM (GMT -6)   
  Just read your post it has been a long time and not sure if you can mix the two. You will need to talk to doctor obviously  i took trazadone. I took it only at night and I have to tell you it knocked me on my butt..lol. I didnt wake up with a drug hangover either. You may want to check to see if you can take it with zoloft. Good luck!
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