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Does paxil help you sleep?


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#1 ladylight57

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Posted 04 February 2005 - 06:46 PM

:wave:  Hi Ados, thanks for your reply.

It sounds like you were really pleased with how the Paxil worked for you.  That is how Effexor worked for me.  Really killed my social anxiety but it did blunt my other feelings.  Hopefully I can manage on a lower dosage of the Paxil.  

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Posted 04 February 2005 - 06:01 PM

Guess I beat Leo, LL, but I'm sure she will have plenty to share with you.

I found paxil to work better for my anxiety and depression than any other med I've ever tried.  It was great for me at 20mg and over time and different trials, it continued to work well at 40 and 60mg.  After over a year at 60mg and even trying a while at 80mg, although the med still helped my depression and anxiety well, I felt like it was blunting my other emotions.  I just felt kind of numb.  So, I went off it and switched to prozac.  

So, as far as making you spacey - I didn't find that the case.  Maybe just at first, but most any new med will do that as you adjust.  For the most part, paxil worked very well for me.  And as far as getting off it goes:  I've gone off it several different times, and never had any trouble.  However, obviously some people do have a hard time.  It may help, when you are ready to get off it, to go VERY slowly.  You can read more about other folk's experiences in other threads.

Let us know how your appt. goes.

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#3 ladylight57

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Posted 04 February 2005 - 03:05 PM

Hi leonarda and all,  

I thought I'd pop in here because I'm considering trying Paxil.  I've been without out meds since....I don't know, after Christmas I guess, maybe before, don't quite remember.  But anyway, I clearly need something.  My sister swears by Paxil and has taken it for years.  I am worried about a couple of things though.  One is that I hear it makes you spacey....I have enough of an issue with that because I am ADD, I also hear that it is horrible to come off of. That is something I experienced with Effexor and don't wish to repeat :(

I'm off to read some more stuff here in the paxil thread, but thought I'd come visit Leo first.  :wave: have a good one.

Oh, I go a week from tomorrow for my appointment......new P-doc and  ???  thats always a little scary

Thanks for listening LL

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Posted 23 January 2005 - 12:25 AM

Good for you, for realizing that in time you will probable get better adjusted.  So many changes are going on with your brain chemicals, that maybe some of the sleeplessness is related to that.  Generally, though, any sleep disturbances even out after a while.  Seems like about the time the med really kicks in, most of the side effects are leaving.  So, probably in the next month or so you will notice great things!  :)
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Posted 22 January 2005 - 08:25 PM

sleep has been strange.  I slept great the first week of 25mg paxil CR.  It actually kind of made me tired.  Now the past few days today is day 11, I can't get good sleep.  I always wake up after a couple hours.  It's really annoying.  I am unable to take naps too.  I think it will balance out with time.  I hope so anyway.

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Posted 09 February 2005 - 11:51 AM

Phew, that would be a good question for a specialist. GP docs usually don't know the ADs that well, at least that's my experience, so I'd ask a psychiatrist.
Are you noticing any changes already? If your anxiety is still bad, I'd ask doc for temporary add of another drug...
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Posted 09 February 2005 - 01:45 PM

My doc gave me xanax but i only take it at night. No relief from the paxil yet. I'm thinking it might not work for me anymore. Life with anxiety sucks. I want to give the paxil a chance but i don't know when to give up on it.
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Posted 09 February 2005 - 10:53 AM

Hello Leonarda,if it took 12 weeks for the 20mg paxil to work could it take as long for the 40s.
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Posted 19 August 2004 - 11:45 AM

Hi, l have been on Paxil for 6-7 yrs, different doses of course, but l have always taken it in the morning. But by 3-4 lm a tired, but l keep on pushing through. I find that when you start to get better, the tiredness creeps in at that time.
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Posted 18 August 2004 - 03:58 AM

I started Paxil about 2 months ago, and it's making me hyperactive, and I could not sleep at all. I am still very active and I like it. I slow down with klonopin and trazedone at night, so I can sleep. Without them I am awake all night. So instead of sitting around worrying all day (I've got severe GAD) I am active and can get things done with no worries. :)

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Posted 14 August 2004 - 10:23 AM

Hi,

I take paxil cr in the am and usually around 1-3 I get very tired and sleepy and it almost feels like depression so it really bothers me.  I am thinking of switching to taking it at night, but I am not quite sure how to change over to avoid taking too much or too little one day and causing problems.  I am on 75 mg.  Has anyone had success switching and how did you do it?

Thanks,
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Posted 06 August 2004 - 12:22 AM

The best time to take Paxil, for me, was about dinnertime. If I waited until bedtime to take it, it left me too lethargic/sedated the next morning.  If I took it in the morning, I was way too sedated/lethargic the next morning.

Just curious as to what time of day your doctors recommend for taking Paxil? I've heard from one of my docs that almost no one recommends it be taken in the morning anymore.
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#13 leonarda

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Posted 06 August 2004 - 02:03 AM

My doc recommended i should take it in the morning  ??? . With food. Probably because I had side effects (I'm sensitive when it comes to meds) such as nausea etc. and I could cope with them better through the day....?
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Posted 05 August 2004 - 02:53 PM

The half life of regular "old" paxil is about 14-18 hours and it theoretically ought to be longer with CR cause it is a controlled release med.  That said, you should have little trouble changing form morning dosing to evening.  

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Posted 05 August 2004 - 10:11 AM

I wanna thank all of you for your inputs, I really apreciate them.
I actually put myself under ''strick'' observation and came to conclusion paxil does make me sleep  some hours after taking it (that sedative thing applies for me), but I'm a scaredycat when it comes down to meds, so I just left my dose where it was- in the morning.
The good news is I'm actually able to fall asleep despite the fact I don't take xanax xr every day any more!  :wave:
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Posted 30 July 2004 - 10:32 PM

Paxil made me tired and sedated, but it unfortunately caused insomnia as well.
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Posted 31 July 2004 - 12:48 PM

Paxil will make you tired and sedated the first 4-6 weeks but it will slowly subside.  Paxil is the most sedating of the SSRI's so some sleepieness should be expected.  If you experience tiredness during the day try evening dosing.

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Posted 19 July 2004 - 01:24 PM

Sorry I meant different reactions.  This is true but I was to the point of being psycotic and didn't know what to do.

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Posted 20 July 2004 - 03:12 AM

I've decided to keep taking paxil in the morning, at least for now, as it's become sort of my daily routine and it would take some adjustment...Maybe after xanax's reduced further.  :wave:
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Posted 21 July 2004 - 05:10 AM

Paxil didn't really interfer with my sleep habits, although I've always had trouble sleeping and no medication has seemed to help. Paxil did give me amazing dreams though, which I actually enjoyed.

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Posted 24 July 2004 - 03:04 PM

Paxil makes me exhausted.  I have to agree with Swede.  It also puts me in a strange Paxil fog...:angry:

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Posted 19 July 2004 - 01:16 PM

We all have funny reactions.  I started to take Wellbutrin 300mgs with the Paxil and stopped after a week because it made my social phobia even worse and it made me very irritable.

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Posted 19 July 2004 - 01:22 PM

Silent scream...not a funny reaction at all.  With many AD's, anxiety is a start-up side effect that goes away.  All-to-often people quit their AD's prematurely because of start-up side effects.  It can be a bit of a battle getting started.

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Posted 19 July 2004 - 10:06 AM

I have to say, I just got more sleepy on paxil as time went on.  I, however, had to take it during the day, because it made my gerd worse if I took it at night.

Some people add wellbutrin in to counter SSRI side effects.

I'm trying to do that right now with remeron (not an ssri but very sedating) but the wellbutrin is actually making me tired.


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Posted 17 July 2004 - 10:27 PM

Jeff...depending on what you are being treated for...you could try prozac which is an activating drug or zoloft which sits in the middle of the spectrum.  There are, of course, many others to try.

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BTW, the sleepieness does go away in time.

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Posted 13 July 2004 - 03:17 PM

I slept great during the first two months on Paxil and the past week has been horrible.  I have only gotten between 3-4 hours a night.  Coming from a person who needs about 10.

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Posted 13 July 2004 - 03:37 PM

Another common reaction.  Many experience good sleep due to the "tired feelings" they have during the start-up phase but after about 8 weeks begin to feel sleeplessness.

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Posted 03 August 2004 - 07:23 PM

When I first started, Paxil made it hard to sleep, and was energizing, but after a few weeks it helped my sleeping.  Perhaps because it boosts serotonin, one of the neurotransmitters involved in sleep regulation, it helps induce a good night's rest.

I'd say first try taking it in the morning, and if that isn't working try it in the evening.
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Posted 14 July 2004 - 01:23 AM

Thanks for the input. I guess it couldn't hurt if I give it a try and move my dose to later in the day. I've actually started noticing I feel sleepy some hours after taking the paxil so....

I find it funny how I sometimes think everything what's going on with my body is related to meds in one way or another. Can't sleep- blame it on paxil. Nausea- paxil. Feeling dizzy- paxil...(Or weather and full moon that is :hearts: .) I mean people who don't take meds and don't suffer from depression have their ups and downs too, right?
Anyone else like that? Take care all!
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Posted 14 July 2004 - 11:32 AM

Leonarda...you are right on target.  EVERYONE has ups and downs in daily life...not just those with depression or anxiety.  During flu season some members experience sneezing, runny nose and fatigue only to ultimately discover they have a cold or influenza!

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Posted 14 July 2004 - 07:49 PM

I didn't know Paxil was the most sedating of them..... My doc told me to take it first thing in the morning. I have been slow gettin' going at work , this might explain the reason in part. Thanks.
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Posted 14 July 2004 - 08:32 PM

Ajax.  You are welcome.  

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Posted 17 July 2004 - 02:34 PM

I went off of paxil several months ago because it was making me too tired... Didnt really matter if i took it in the morning/evening split...  Unfortunatly, I'm finding I really need the paxil, as my symptoms are back...  I want to go back on it, but the sleepyness was really messing me up (this was the only problem I was having though)  Has anyone used anything else as a suppliment to paxil to take care of the sleepyness? or does anyone have a recommondation to a similar med that isnt as sedating?  

Thanks!

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Posted 13 July 2004 - 11:31 AM

I've finally collect all the courage I've got to start a new thread in our new DF  :) .
We discussed side effects quite a lot in old DF and there was probably something said about whether or not paxil makes you sleepy, but I'm not sure...
I was wondering what time you take it, in the morning or in the evening? I take it in the morning but now my doc suggested I should take it in the evening 'cus I'm weaning off xanax and therefore paxil should help me to fall asleep.
In my experience I'm sometimes very sleepy after taking paxil but sometimes I'm as awake as I can be. What do you think? Should I take it in the evening and how do I do that (simply not take it in the morning one day and wait 'till dark)?
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Posted 13 July 2004 - 12:43 PM

Leonarda...Paxil is the most sedating of the ssri's so it may help you sleep.  I take paxil both in the morning and at dinner (split dose) but I still have problems sleeping.  I do take several other drugs that may have an effect on my sleep.  Over the years there have been some people who have experienced sleeplessness on paxil.  So it is a mixed bag.  Sorry not to have a definitive answer.  Perhaps others will have experiences for you.

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Posted 09 February 2005 - 02:44 AM

Oh, one more thing. I take it on mornings, with food. Keeps me kinda ''calm'' during the day, but that's the way I like it  :p .
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Posted 09 February 2005 - 02:43 AM

Hi Ladylight!

Paxil can make you spacey...and sleepy...among other things. From what I hear at doc's office, people getting on it usually experience nausea and cold sweats- if starting off on lower dose, that can be avoided. I know people who had close to zero side effects.
I am med sensitive so I had every side effect possible (well kinda, lol  :bump: ) but since my anxiety and depression were really bad I gave myself no other choice but to hang in there.

I've been on it (30 mg) over two years now and it still works fine (knock knock on the wood!). I try to reduce it couple of times however and that wasn't really smart at the time, so I'm considering safest ways to wean off before trying that again. And slowest way!

So far it's been worth it. My idea was to get me better first and then worry of how to get off.

I wish you all the best, thank you that you thought of me  :hearts: , Karen explains it great too, and if you'd like to know anything in particular from my paxil experience, I'm here!  :wave:

Btw. how did the meeting with doc go?
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Posted 28 December 2004 - 01:02 AM

Paxil is most likely to be sedating during the first few weeks it is taken, then, if you're lucky, the sedation fades to an acceptable level. Ironically, even though it tends to be  sedating it also contributes  to insomnia. During my startup period I was sometimes sedated all day but couldn't sleep  well at all during the night. Even now, years after first starting Paxil, I need to take something to help me sleep.

My pdoc strongly recommended I take it about dinnertime to reduce the sedating effect during the day--and he was right, for me that's the best time to take it.
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Posted 28 December 2004 - 06:34 AM

Paxil is the most sedating of the ssri's

Ironically, even though it tends to be  sedating it also contributes  to insomnia.

makes me think....
it wasn't sedating to me when i took paxil. not even in the beginning. but insomnia yes. getting worse and worse.
i'm wondering now, if paxil is the most sedating of them, and it made me so restless (besides other severe SE and zero positive effect), if it would make any sense to go on trying other ssri? would i have to expect them to make me even more restless and sleepless than paxil did?
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Posted 28 December 2004 - 07:36 AM

Mynah, I'm not sure if all ssri's have same effects...maybe it's the  SE on paxil you don't tolerate well. In any case, you need to consult your doc.
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