Interaction of medications with sleep

I used to be a great sleeper but things went bad when I went on a particular medication. I don't want to change it because it works better than others I have tried. The same thing has also happened to a friend of mine. Has anyone had a similar situation?

Posted 23 Feb 2012 at 3:40 PM
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  • Sleepio Member

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    In reply to your question, the medication I am on is Luvox and I am taking it in the morning. Around lunchtime I will sleep like a baby if given half a chance but at night I can feel tired but not be able to fall asleep. It has improved slightly over time. Would be interested in hearing from anyone else in similar position. Doctors have recommended sleeping tablets but I try to minimise this.

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    Fluvoxamine maleate (fluvoxamine maleate) is a selective serotonin (5-HT) reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) belonging to the chemical series, the 2-aminoethyl oxime ethers of aralkylketones.

    Hi I was taking 5-HT and was taking these before going to bed for me they was a disaster, however they may work for different people, I hope you get some answers

    Good luck Andy

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    I have been looking at the side effects of some of the medication I take and some have Insomnia as a side effect, given that we are trying to beat insomnia, it would be nice to know if medication might be partly at fault, we could then aske our doctors to review them.

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    For anyone that has concerns that medication they are taking may be causing insomnia etc this site is written by doctors for doctors it lists all medications in alphabetical order giving dosage, what they are prescribed for and known side effects
    I hope this will be helpful to some of you…..........Andy

    http://www.medicinenet.com/medications/article.htm

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    The above link will give you common and other side effects of any medication taken this next site will give you advice on interactions of any drugs with another

    I hope you all have a good weekend ….ANDY

    https://www.mediguard.org/medication/facts-figures

  • Sleepio Member

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    You might want to look at this site re. possible brain problems and sleep medications. It certainly opened my eyes to the fact that weaker versions of sleep drugs are available over the counter. These are dependent on the careful usage by the patient to not be harmful. Perscription drugs are at least carefully controlled.

    http://www.prohealth.com/ME-CFS/library/showArticle.cfm

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    Hi, I have been taking zopiclone for years, now I'm suffering rebound insomnia hence I started sleepio,my first course, now whilst doing the course, what will I do with my zop for the meantime? I really want to wean myself off them..pls help. I work nights and I cn't sleep after a nights work.

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    First of all welcome to Sleepio – best advice, and I am not a medic, check with your doctor. My personal view is to get through the course, stabilise your sleep for some considerable time and then slowly wean yourself off the Z at least 10 times as slowly as the Doc says. It is early days fro you Belle and I know that most folks find the weeks from session 3 onwards quite tough going so best to keep some stability with your meds. Hope it goes well for you.

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    Thanks for your advice. I was quite confused at first but now I am starting to realise that I cn't just stop my medication without weaning myself off them with the help of my Gp.

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    I take a benzo called klonopin 1 hour before sleep. It makes me wake and not go to the bathroom in middle of the night. Then, I don't go back to sleep. Anyone have a strategy for dealing with this?

    1. Anyone tried taking the benzo much earlier before bed so the urination risk is less?

    2. other ideas?

    thanks

  • Sleepio Member

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    I've been on zopiclone for 5weeks and my doctor has at first asked me to do a 1-on-1 off basis which I have done. Now he has asked me to do a 1-on-2 off scenario.
    Compounding this with week 3 of the Sleepio course will take me to a place where I can safely wean off the sleeping tablet and increase my sleep efficiency using the tools that the prof has given me.

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    Blumy- what I've read on here, once suggested by an expert, is to drink less liquid in the evening so you won't need to get up for the bathroom. I'm betting you've already tried that one but maybe revisit it? Also, I used to wake up during the night and couldn't go back to sleep. Around week 4 I started sleeping all the way through the night, which has continued. I think it's because my sleep is more consolidated. Maybe it's not entirely the Klonopin and as your sleep improves this situation will resolve. Hope your SR is going okay.

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    Cranny- good luck with the wean off. I got off Ambien around week 4 but was taking a minuscule dose by then. I think it's great that you're getting off the zopiclone because, ultimately, I think sleep meds are not what they're cracked up to be. I sleep less now than I used to on Ambien but feel more rested. It's been a great relief.

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    I am new to sleepio with my second session with the prof tomorrow. I have been on Amitriptylene for 25 years, going from 25 to 100 mg over time. I have a chronic dry mouth (chewing gum helps) and it has made me gain weight. The few times I tried to come off the Amitriptylene, even slowly, I would get to a point where I just don't sleep at all several nights in a row. My question is whether I am realistic in thinking that sleepio is going to finally get me weaned off Amitriptylene. Is there anyone out there who has successfully come off it after long-term use?

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    Hi Rumeran yes that is a hefty dose and a long time to have been on them. I haven't been on the site for years as in the main my sleep has been resolved by the programme. However my GP has me at the moment on a test return of Amitriptylene as a means of enhancing my pain relief at night. I went from zero pills to 50 mg and frankly have taken it down to 10 mg and at my review in September will not be wanting to continue. I recommend that you continue very slow reduction over months as you build up your sleep confidence and follow the programme exactly as recommended. It does what it says it does on the tin. I have popped back now for the second time and I actually think the Amitriptyline and the dry mouth has disturbed my sleep rather than enhanced it. When told to reduce by 50 mg I have done by 20 and sometimes by 10 – good to have the lower dose capsules so you can choose. I wish you well with the programme.

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    After two very difficult years with insomnia, I came down with a pretty severe gastroenteritis bug. I stopped all supplements. I had no appetite and ate little. I started to sleep. I've recovered (after a week+ with the bug), but I have not added back a single supplement, yet. And I AM SLEEPING--now just over 7 hours a night. Heaven! I will add back some of them. What I believe is happening is that I am sensitive to one or more, and perhaps the likely combined cross-effects, (recommended by a Nurse Practitioner). I was not taking excessive amounts of any, and my own GP okayed the list. I have been following strict sleep hygiene protocol, and this is the only thing that has made a difference. Look out for food sensitivities or all kinds.

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    Thanks MLucille, that's very interesting. I'd be interested to find out if you discover the culprit! I have to take a few medications for blood pressure, cholesterol and others and I'm sure they interact in ways that are not conducive to sleep. Trouble is I can't stop taking any of these whereas with supplements people tend to think they have no adverse reaction.

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    Hello lhobby,

    Supplements can be very potent, and people often get in trouble taking too much/many of them. I don't know the culprit yet. I have an appointment at the Sleep Medicine Department of a major hospital here, and although I've started sleeping better, I plan to run the list by them. I'll let you know what I discover, if anything.

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    Thanks MLucille and best of luck with your hospital appoinment.

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