effexir is my drug of choice

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   Posted 6/7/2007 2:41 AM (GMT -7)   
been taking effexir for over a year.have been on other medications before.the bipolar part is has been relatively stable for years.it's the sleep disorder part that totally screws me up.it's like here it is 4:31am and i'm wide awake.i take trazodone to sleep.but usually when i take it,i'm alrewady sleepy.it helps me sleep,it doesn't actually induce sleep.and since i'm not sleepy this morning,i don't know how it'll effect me after i take it.does anybody else have a problem with the sleep part of this illness? i've been diagnosed as unemployable for it and haven't worked i over 20 years because of it. if i as much as make plans to go shopping with someone i won't sleep sound the night before..stress? fear of shopping? allergy to shopping carts?(kidding)...a

anyway.while my mood swings are pretty stable,my sleep hours remain messed up and it's always as though i'm trying to adjust them si can slep from 6am to 2pm..i used to slep those hours for several years and never had a problem keeping them..then about a year ago i tried to change them from that to 1 to9am..thinking i might want to be up early in the mornings..huge mistake!! now i can't get them back 6am-2pm, and in fact i at this point have NO definite sleep hours..just..whenever i'm sleepy enough to go to sleep for 8 hours.

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   Posted 6/7/2007 2:42 AM (GMT -7)   
oops..sorry bout all the typos in my post above

olivia of course
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   Posted 6/7/2007 6:17 AM (GMT -7)   

Sleep, what's that.

Silverdust, I too have major sleeping problems.  I was on Trazadone for a few months but it stopped working.  My pdoc put me on Ativan, it works but not as well as it cool.  I have been on several sleep meds in the past and have pretty much given up on sleep.  I even tried relaxation excersices and biofeedback stuff, which works for a while but became frustrating in the end.

I think my problem is that I have no set time for sleep, for today I feel tired at 11pm, then the next day I do not sleep at all.  this is not by choice, but my sleep-wake cycle being messed up by  my bipolar.

I am not on effexor, from my past experience I don't do well SSRIs been on three in the past.  I am glad you found something that is working well for you.  I know how hard that can be, and I am still searching for somehting that works well.

Hope you have a lovely day!  :-)

@~ Olivia

"Don't let your yesterday, ruin your today"

teresa g
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   Posted 6/9/2007 9:21 AM (GMT -7)   
I have been on so many medications for bipolar and manic depression that at now I don't think anything works anymore.  I've been on effexor, cymbalta, lexapro, elavil, wellbutrin, and voloft.  For sleep they have given me remrod, trazadone, seraquil, and one other one I can't remember now.  What ever happened to plain ole pills like a valium.....They have so many drugs out there that I need feel like a guinea pig.  I'm about to just give up all the way around.  Besides my mental problems I have stage 4 lung cancer so that is depressing within itself.  Where do I go from here?  Can't get my pain meds right or the depression/bipolar pills rights!!!
Getting desperate.........
Teresa T. Gonzalez

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