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   Posted 3/21/2012 6:31 PM (GMT -6)   
My Lexapro is making it hard for me to sleep.  Doc said take xanax to help you sleep.  That works, but I would rather not... or at least not too often. I tried melatonin and it didn't work so great.  Anyone use Benadryl to help sleep?  Does it work?

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   Posted 3/21/2012 8:21 PM (GMT -6)   
I have taken xanax for years. I use to take four milligrams a day. Now I take one. So it isn't that addicting that a person can't wean down. If it helps you sleep, use it. You wouldn't be taking a lot. Even a quarter of a milligram can help you to sleep. Seriously, I have been taking it for twenty years. It isn't that bad. If it works, use it... Benadryl can make you sleepy but it is a drug too. It is just over the counter. If you choose to use it, please do let your doctor know what you are doing. I hope that you get some rest.

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   Posted 3/22/2012 3:39 AM (GMT -6)   
wishing you all the best. tried almost everything myself!!! jamie
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   Posted 3/22/2012 11:08 AM (GMT -6)   
Well, I took a Benedryl last night at 10pm and fell asleep. Woke up at 3am and took another one. Fell asleep again. But in the morning, I still felt terrible -- very jittery. It has now been a week on the Lexapro and it is doing more harm than good. I see doctor later today.

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   Posted 3/22/2012 2:38 PM (GMT -6)   
Let us know how your appointment goes. I am sorry that you are feeling jittery today. I hope that you make it through. I am glad that you are seeing the doctor later. Keep us posted.

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   Posted 3/22/2012 6:18 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for your caring, Karen. I described the effects I have been having (difficultly with sleep and feeling very jittery during the day -- especially in the morning), and I asked about reducing Lexapro from 10mg to 5mg. He said I should not reduce the Lexapro, but he suspects the feelings I am having are less a result of the Lexapro and more from excess adrenaline. For that reason, he left me on 10mg Lexapro but also prescribed a beta-blocker to take at night. He said that is not a common approach in the United States (where I am located), but is very common in the UK. So... will see how that works. I also asked him how long he anticipates I will need to be on the Lexapro. He said not certain but he would guess 3-6 months. So, the journey continues.

Anyone else been prescribed a beta blocker for these purposes? (I know they are sometimes prescribed to reduce blood pressure or for urinary reasons).

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   Posted 3/22/2012 6:41 PM (GMT -6)   
Maybe the side effects of the beta blocker make you sleepy. Is your blood pressure high at all? I always thought that they were for blood pressure too. I am going to look it up and find out.

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I did see fatigue and tiredness as a side effect.  Be careful, watch your blood pressure.  It may lower it.  I hope that this works for you.
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   Posted 3/22/2012 6:44 PM (GMT -6)   
No my blood pressure is good. I just looked it up and it appears it is primary used for blood pressure and some cardiac issues, but also sometimes for anxiety.  (The specific beta blocker he gave me is atenolol)

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   Posted 3/22/2012 6:46 PM (GMT -6)   
You found about the same as I did. I did see fatigue and tiredness as a side effect. I hope that this works for you.

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   Posted 3/23/2012 2:48 PM (GMT -6)   
An update: Last night I took the beta blocker. Took 3mg melatonin too. Lousy night's sleep. Woke up feeling really jittery. I swear I wanted to jump out of my skin. So I called doctor and told him that although yesterday he said I should stay on 10mg Lexipro -- which I have now been on for a week -- I really can't do that and I need to reduce to 5mg. I cannot be 100% certain that Lexapro is causing the jittery feeling I have every morning, and the lack of sleep -- some of that may be caused by anxiety -- but I think it is the Lexapro and I need to try whatever I can to reduce the sleeplessness and jittery feeling, since it is interfering with my ability to function. Anyway, the doctor said OK you can reduce the Lexapro to 5mg. (even though yesterday he told me not to do that). Maybe I just sounded more unhappy this morning than I did yesterday during my appointment? I am glad to be reduced to 5mg. I am hoping it is enough medicine to do some good for me, but at the same time will reduce side effects. I am hoping that the reduction from 10 mg to 5mg will not come with withdrawal effects, since I have been on the 10mg for only one week. When I asked my doctor about withdrawal effects generally, he minimized it -- said most people can go from 10mg to zero with no or very little effects. He said "don't believe everything you read on the internet." But honestly so many people "on the internet" say they have suffered withdrawal effects that I think it is true and my doctor is understating it. (Like the dentist who starts up the drill and says "this won't hurt a bit"). Anyway, that is another reason I am happy to be on 5mg. If i can stay with 5mg, then when I eventually want to get off, I am assuming it will be easier to do than if I were on a higher dose. My doctor is also encouraging me to "feel free to take the xanax whenever you feel like you need it." I am reluctant, though, because I have read so many horror stories about xanax. Seems there is a fair amount of trial and error with all of this, and it is hard for me because I am new to it. Also, I have an intellectually demanding job and I need to be at the top of my game. That is hard enough without anxiety and medications, etc. All the harder with. Thanks for listening. Sorry for the rambling.  I value any input that you have and I appreciate your insights and advice and support. Best wishes, Medved

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   Posted 3/23/2012 3:50 PM (GMT -6)   
For me, xanax takes the anxiety away but does not interfere with the way I do things. Unless I take a high dose like a whole mg. It really does take the edge off. Some people can't tolerate it. And some people it makes sleepy. You have to experiment with it. Meaning you may have to try it at work if work makes you anxious. But see how it effects you at home first.

You can fight anxiety with breathing too. You can calm yourself down and make yourself feel more at ease. It is really important to breathe properly. To you get anxiety attacks? Some people do. And it is even more fearful in public.

Your doctor is right about not believing everything you read on the internet, because this medicaion effects people differently. So for me it might not mess me up, as it doesn't. For you it might. But you have to find that out on your own. Don't be afraid of it. If it doesn't effect you well, let the doc know and they can change it to something else.

I hope that you feel better soon.

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   Posted 3/23/2012 4:55 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Karen. I must admit to having been a little bit afraid of benzos, having read various "horror stories" and knowing that many docs will not prescribe them. But maybe I just need to get over that, and take them when needed. Doc gave me .5mgs. I cut in half. So it ain't so much...
 
Is xanax better for relaxing and falling asleep than a sleeping  pill?  I  know they can have their own problems.

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   Posted 3/23/2012 5:35 PM (GMT -6)   
They help. I take my third xanax of the day at night when I take my ambien. But I sleep good. I get up once to use the bathroom, but fall right back to sleep. If I cant' sleep even still, I do meditation for that. It helps me get to sleep, and I think the ambien keeps me asleep. Not really sure. I have never really had a problem sleeping, except in the early morning when my hip aches. But I don't get a restful sleep without the ambien. Now when I get up, I feel somewhat refreshed. It always takes me a long time to get going in the morning. I blame that on the fibromyalgia. I usually ache. So sometimes I get up early.

I hope that you sleep tonight.

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   Posted 3/23/2012 5:44 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey med
 
You are on a small dose of Lexapro so I would not worry about withdrawal after a week. People that are on higher doses for a long time should wean down.
 
You could ask about ambien/lunesta for sleep. Some people swear by them, they did not do squat for me. Using them every night can lead to ionsomnia if you stop suddenly, but if you use them occasionally, I see no problem. The same with xanax. If you use higher doses every day, you will experience some side effects if you stop.
 
Before my wedding, I was very anxious and asked the NP for some valium. She gave me propanolol (a beta-blocker) which worked surprisingly well on my anxiety. It is definitely worth a try and might allow you to limit your xanax intake.
 
Your Lexapro can take up to 8 weeks to take full effect, and some of the side effects should subside also. If they don't, then you may need to change meds. All of us are so different it is hard to say what will work for you.
 
I guess what I am saying is moderation is the best policy. If you are only taking small amts of xanax as needed, I think it will do more good than harm.
 
Let us know what works for you
 
Take care
Maggie

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   Posted 3/23/2012 5:55 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Karen.  I value your experiences, perspective and advice. 
 
What I am going through is strange to me because for many years I felt like I could power through anything.  I worked very hard and  have been pretty successful at it.  I have always been strong, confident, on top of my game.  People who know me might think I am the last person in the world who could suffer from anxiety or depression. Of course they are wrong.  But that background might show why all this is particularly troubling to me. You develop a certain self-image, and then one day you wake up and find its not all exactly like  you thought.
 
I do not want to start any medications that I will not be able to get off of, when I decide -- in consultation with my doctor -- that I should.  So I could take xanax or a sleeping pill on occassion, but I do not want to get in the practice of doing it regularly.  I would not criticize anyone who has a different view -- just my personal preference.   Of course, that makes things a bit difficult for me because I also need to sleep. 
 
I have also not been  hungry  lately.  I know some people eat more when anxious, but it makes me not hungry.  I sort of force myself to eat.  I am pretty thin and dont want to lose weight.  I am  not dangerously thin or anything like that -- not at all -- but I don't want or need to lose weight. 
 

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   Posted 3/23/2012 5:57 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Maggie. What you say sounds very sensible to me.
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