Zoloft is helping my depression, but making me an insomniac! - Mothering Forums

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#1 of 3 Old 11-22-2010, 09:53 PM - Thread Starter
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...after over 3 weeks on it, I'm having major insomnia...waking between 3 and 6 am and completely unable to get back to sleep. I'm EXHAUSTED because of it. Since I'm upping my doseage a little at a time, I'm still having a lot of nausea (which I hope will eventually go away) and taking Zofran (left over from pregnancy) to help with the nausea. Of course, Zofran has the nice little side effect of totally knocking me out for a few hours, and may not be helping the situation since maybe it is wearing off and I'm waking up because of that...but I'm just so afraid of lying in bed, tossing and turning for HOURS and feeling nauseous on top of that, that I keep taking it every night. 


Any suggestions for a breastfeeding friendly sleep aide that is okay to take frequently? I really hope in a few weeks when I'm at the doseage my doc wants me at, and my body has had time to adjust, I won't need a sleep aide...but if this is my only bad side effect from the Zoloft, I want to try to find a way to make it work, kwim?

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maybe you could try to stop increasing the dosage for awhile and only increase again if you need to? i have been on 50 mg since starting, though the dr wrote the rx for 100 and said to take 50 in the beginning and work my way up. i can sympathise w the insomnia part though- as you see it is almost 3 am and i ahvent even laid down yet. i have very liottle time to sleep still, but then when i have the time i have too much on my mind. the kids, hub's upcoming next surgery next week, $ issues, health issues for other family memebers other than hub. job housing issues and more.


anyways, not trying to take over your thread, jsut letting you know you're not alone in your sleeplessness. (((hug!))))

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I have the same problem.  It's very frustrating especially since I homeschool and can't take naps during the day.  I take an over-the-counter  sleeping pill at night and it helps me a lot.  I don't know what else to do, other wise I'd be up until the sun came up in the morning and then deal with being a zombie the rest of the day.  



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