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Sertraline and insomnia - any advice please?

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whycantwegoonasthree Tue 04-Oct-16 13:25:43

Hi there - been struggling with sleep for a few months now and GP about a month ago prescribed Zopiclone for a fortnight to help reset. Whilst it helped short term it didn't reset anything and when I finished the course I was back to not sleeping.

She has since prescribed Sertraline to try and address the underlying anxiety (there's a lot going on in my personal life as well as trying to look after two young children and run a small business in a post-Brexit economy) and I've been taking that for a week.

I know it takes a while to work, but my sleeping has worsened so I'm back on the Zopiclone for a further week after three days of no sleep at all.

The first week of Sertraline was hellish - was trembly, sick and really agitated. These feelings have worn off, but I'm so anxious about the sleep. I'm certainly not feeling any less anxious generally, possibly more so. Nights of no sleep make me feel really desperate and low.

I suppose I'm looking for something to make me feel optimistic that the Sertraline will help with the sleep long term. Because living week to week with the Zopiclone and knowing that this may be my last lot is, in itself, quite anxiety-provoking.

I take it in the mornings...

Any experiences you could share would be helpful. I'm finding that fact that it's all a bit trial and error, and no-one really knows whether it will help or not, well... It's not great. I feel so in the dark about it all.

Thanks in hope...

CarrotPuff Tue 04-Oct-16 21:29:10

Insomnia is a common side effect that should go in a week or so. It did for me.

8FencingWire Tue 04-Oct-16 21:36:17

Give it a couple of weeks. After 6 months of sleeping 2-3h a night, I even have lie ins now!!! I'm on Setraline (50mg) a day. I take it when I remember in the day.

Felascloak Tue 04-Oct-16 21:38:49

Err that sounds horrible.
Hopefully it will settle but as the insomnia predates the sertraline it may not.
If not you could always ask to switch onto mirtazapine as this has a sedating affect. Makes you want to eat though!!

GottaCatchEmAll137 Tue 04-Oct-16 21:45:23

I was prescribed Sertraline for insomnia. It took a few weeks but eventually worked brilliantly to stop the late night rumination cycle that keeps you awake! Seems drastic to ask for sedatives when the Sertraline hasn't had chance to works. Took me about 3 week. Good luck, OP!

FaintlyHopeful Tue 04-Oct-16 21:59:33

I started on 50mg- horrible side effects for about 10 days and then I felt magic, sleeping properly for the first time in years and no anxiety. I went up to 100g last week because I was getting a bit anxious again....kind of back to square 1, feeling sick and not sleeping but really hopeful that this is the right dose because it was a revelation. I know you probably can't imagine not stressing about sleep but for me setraline seemed to switch off the bloody incessant chatter in my head about sleep. Hang in there- hope it works for both of us.

Rachcakes Tue 04-Oct-16 22:03:43

I've been on Sertraline for a few years. Do you have any chance in the day to wear yourself out physically? I'm often mentally exhausted, but it's hard to sleep with the brain doing it's thing.
If I have a really good session in the gym I have the best sleep ever.
It's overcoming the mental barrier to go out and do it that's the hard part.

whycantwegoonasthree Thu 06-Oct-16 19:17:03

Hi all - thanks for all your messages and sorry it took me so long to reply, the app logged me out and I couldn't remember my password to get back in.

I've been taking the Zopiclone each night since I posted, as sleeping. Well, being unconscious anyway - it's not quite the same but it's better than being awake...

I think, tentatively that after ten days of Sertraline I'm starting to feel a bit better... In that I'm feeling sleepy and less anxious in the evenings and less jittery and adrenaline-filled in the day.

I'm considering ditching the Zopiclone tomorrow night - I don't have a busy day on Saturday so will be less stressed about it.

I've got done Dormesean (sp?) which is Valerian root and Hops which is supposed to be good for sleep, which I intend to use as a bit of a prop to get me through doing without the Zopiclone.

I've also been taking a B vitamin complex with B12 and magnesium, which are supposed to help with nerves, and I've started seeing a counsellor (first session today) to try and get to the root of the anxiety and also give me some coping strategies...

I'm proper anxious about stopping the Zopiclone though. I haven't had a night's sleep without it in over a month...sad

whycantwegoonasthree Thu 06-Oct-16 19:18:42

Rachcakes - I'm very active... Go to the gym regularly and walk about 15k steps daily. I'm physically and mentally exhaunted by the time I go to bed, but it doesn't seem to make any difference... hmm

Lovemylittlebear Thu 06-Oct-16 19:39:02

Hopefully the meds will kick in and be helpful soon - also take a look at some CBT or psychological therapy for the anxiety and sleep. I had an awful time with anxiety and sleep after I had my daughter and became very anxious and obsessed around sleep. I can highly highly recommend ACT for anxiety and insomnia. I saw a sleep neurologist for a one off Skype - dr guy meadows. He has a sleep clinic in London also and a book out. I also saw dr Beverly Coghlan via Skype. She was fantastic and for me - a life changer with helping to address underlying issues. I'm hopeful things will get better for you soon and your meds kick in but also do take a look at therapy to run alongside it x

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