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Antidepressants for insomnia

Posted by chicchi123 on June 08, 2006 at 08:41:49:

Hello, I came here about a year ago when I was suffering from debilitating insomnia (and anxiety) after the birth of my third baby. At that time, I was so wired all the time that I would have many nights a week of 0 sleep, with 3 kids to care for and a part-time teaching job at the University that wasn't really an option. I first talked to my general practitioner who gave me Ambien...bad idea. I got maybe 4 hours of horrible sleep, waking up so anxious and depressed I couldn't function. I then tried Trazodone (100 mg ) which kept me up all night in a state of panic, Remeron which did nothingt at all, Seroquel (made me sick and more anxious) and Ativan which calmed me down but did not put me to sleep. I temporarily found some relief by combining a small dose of Ativan with a small dose of Seroquel but I knew that wasn't a long term solution.
I then went to see a psychiatrist who diagnosed me with post-partum anxiety, it's a type of post-partum depression. I was put on Zoloft and initially, the med did nothing to control my anxiety or my insomnia: the doctor told me to stick with it, that it would help my anxiety and reset my sleep. It took a full 6 weeks, but once I reached my therapeutic dose of 100 mg, the anxiety disappeared, and the insomnia followed shortly after. I had never in my life considered taking an SSRI and I had heard that they were bad for insomnia but if the insomnia is a direct result of anciety, the meds in this category act to eliminate the anxiety and reduce or get rid of the insomnia altogether. Many people don't stick with Zoloft or Paxil or others because they do not work right away and they initially can cause an increase in anxiety...I was ready to give up more than once but I'm glad I stuck with it. I also made some life changes: I went on vacation with my family, quit searching the internet for non existent miracle cures and focused on spending time with family and friends, taking long walks when possible and getting busy doing things outside the house.
I know that Zoloft is still a med that needs to be taken daily, but I take mine in the morning, it doesn't hurt my sleep the way sleep-aids do, and there is no need to increase the dosage over time. Plus life without anxiety is truly wonderful if you've suffered from years of this illness. I juts wanted to share my experience in hope that it will help some-one
Goood luck to all


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