Sleep Problems On Cymbalta?

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Date Joined Jun 2009
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   Posted 7/26/2009 5:37 PM (GMT -6)   
Have any of you had problems with sleeping while on Cymbalta? Ever since I started taking it over a month ago, I can't seem to sleep on my own - I take it the same time every morning - 7 AM like clock work. I'd tried taking 2 Tylenol PM , which typically knocks me out, slept for two hours and then was awake the rest of the night. Next night I tried Benadryl and the same thing happened. My doc told me it was likely just due to the anxiety and gave me some Lorazepam to take at bedtime - I've taken it a few times but I don't want to be dependent on that to sleep. I've even increased my dose from 30 mg to 60 mg thinking that would help but it hasn't. I've also tried Melatonin, that seemed to help but it's just sleep, it's not a restful sleep.

Have any of you had this happen? Last time I took Cymbalta I never had this problem, I'm just really frustrated because by 5 PM I'm spent and could lay down and take a nap but I keep myself up knowing that if I nap, I won't sleep at night but then I lay down to go to bed and am wide awake...just very, very irritated at this. After a month +, I should be adjusted to the med by now.

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Date Joined Jul 2009
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   Posted 7/26/2009 10:32 PM (GMT -6) not sure about cymbalta but i have just went thur a 3 week period of not sleeping myself..He upped my antidepressant and xanax and still did not sleep. So he gave me ambien and nothing !! no sleep..i also took robaxin a muscle relaxer that i take for my back and still no sleep..I did however take a nap if i could, sometimes i could not even nap.... because i knew i had to sleep sometime...I think i was telling myself after so long of going without sleep  that i was not gonna sleep and sure enough, i didnt.....Finally i started to sleep again...I think last night  was the 4th night in a row that i have slept 6-8 hrs a night..I never sleep over 5 1/2 or 6 ....Now im backing off my meds because the increase in my antidepressant , which is celexa is making me have anxiety, i hope thats what it is anyway...So hopefully i will continue to sleep...I know where you are comming from and i feel for you...Its awful when u go night after night with no sleep and take so much meds and still dont sleep and you feel terrible.....Hang in there, Tell your dr again, that u can not sleep.....Maybe he can do something different.......
Thinking of you

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   Posted 7/27/2009 8:00 AM (GMT -6)   
Maybe try taking the medication at bedtime and see if that helps any. Sometimes a switch up in the times we take our meds can make a big difference.

Good luck!
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