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Jamie2012
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   Posted 12/30/2013 2:34 PM (GMT -6)   
Ok, this is probably really strange but has anyone else had weird sleep issue with plaquenil. I used to talk and walk a lot on my sleep but it calmed way down after I had my daughter 7 years ago. Since I started the plaquenil one week ago my husband says I have been getting more and more restless each night (sitting up, yelling, etc.) and last night actually got out of bed twice. (I have no memory of this). It could be a zillion other things too; pain, stress, etc but I am wondering if this happened to anyone else. Of course I am more exhausted then ever b/c I am not getting restful sleep at ALL now. 
 
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   Posted 12/30/2013 2:43 PM (GMT -6)   
I have never experienced anything like that from plaquenil. However, prednisone is known to disturb sleep!
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TXplowgirl
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   Posted 12/30/2013 10:18 PM (GMT -6)   
Have you started a new sleep med like Ambien or the generic equivelant?

That has been know to do that.

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   Posted 12/30/2013 11:31 PM (GMT -6)   
Oh, yes, lest we forget -- Lupus itself has been known to cause sleeplessness, as well as night sweats and interrupted sleep.
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Melody5
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   Posted 12/30/2013 11:40 PM (GMT -6)   
Lynnwood, funny you should mention that disturbed sleep from Prednisone. I'm currently experiencing that at this moment. I've even taken a sleep aid. It makes me feel wide awake and have a bit of anxiety!
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   Posted 12/31/2013 12:00 AM (GMT -6)   
Prednisone does cause wakefulness and anxiety -- the anxiety, at least for me, subsided quite a bit after the first few days.

I've always had insomnia and when the prednisone made it even worse the rheumy prescribed Trazodone - really nice to sleep the whole night! Others have found relief from something as simple as OTC melatonin, or some variety of sleep aid.

(I know some use Benadryl for sleep -- it makes me wired for 2-3 days so haven't tried it for decades!)
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Jamie2012
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   Posted 12/31/2013 11:17 AM (GMT -6)   
Nope, no Ambien or other sleep aid. I (luckily) rarely have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep (I feel like that's all I do on weekends) but I don't get restful/refreshing sleep and never really have. My father said even as a little kid I would ask to go to bed early (where as my sister would beg to stay up).

In my "research" yesterday I found that fevers can cause sleep walking, and I have been fevering ALOT lately. So I took my last dose of Advil closer to bed and it seemed to help. (or my husband was just so tired he didn't hear/feel me get up). We'll see if it continues. :)

Jamie
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