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Paxil And Your Sleep - For People On It At Least A Month.


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Poll: How did you sleep on paxil? (42 member(s) have cast votes)

How did you sleep on paxil?

  1. I slept better than in the past. (15 votes [35.71%])

    Percentage of vote: 35.71%

  2. I slept about the same as in the past. (11 votes [26.19%])

    Percentage of vote: 26.19%

  3. I slept worse than in the past. (16 votes [38.10%])

    Percentage of vote: 38.10%

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#1 ribosome77

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Posted 10 January 2010 - 05:48 PM

Hi. Wondering how everyone slept on paxil after the initial startup period. You can comment of the startup period too - but only vote considering after this period.

I remember having vivid dreams at startup, but I cannot recall how I slept while I was on it. I do remember being tired in the day however.

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Posted 10 January 2010 - 08:14 PM

HI, ribosome77!

I've used Paxil for about five years now and I've always taken Xanax at bedtime so I'm not sure I'm a good judge.

I also take Wellbutrin with the Paxil so, I have the sense that, energy wise, they balance each other out. That's how it works for me, anyway.

I think there'll be more people stopping by to post about their experiences with Paxil. It seems like everyone has a slightly different experience!

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#3 ribosome77

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Posted 10 January 2010 - 08:24 PM

HI, ribosome77!

I've used Paxil for about five years now and I've always taken Xanax at bedtime so I'm not sure I'm a good judge.

I also take Wellbutrin with the Paxil so, I have the sense that, energy wise, they balance each other out. That's how it works for me, anyway.

I think there'll be more people stopping by to post about their experiences with Paxil. It seems like everyone has a slightly different experience!

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THanks - you brought up a good point - people are sometimes on multiple medicines. I'd also assume that your wellbutrin probably gives you more energy and offset any other sedation.

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Posted 11 January 2010 - 02:24 AM

When I first went on Paxil I had nightmares more frequently, and whilst on it my dreams were more vivid until I got used to it. I also found I needed much less less sleep whilst on it, and that if I tried to sleep as long as usual then my sleep was disturbed. The real problem was actually coming off it. I did this over a period of about 3 months about a year ago and I suffered sleep paralysis - where I would wake up but be unable to move and would often see dream images. It was very disturbing. Apparently it's quite rare but I didn't like it at all. I also found paxil only helped my anxiety but never really my depression - hell my wife left me over my depression whils I was taking it even though it had helped my anxiety a lot.

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Posted 07 February 2010 - 08:00 PM

Hi. Wondering how everyone slept on paxil after the initial startup period. You can comment of the startup period too - but only vote considering after this period.

I remember having vivid dreams at startup, but I cannot recall how I slept while I was on it. I do remember being tired in the day however.



Well I am also on a sleeping pill so i "sleep" but i always dream and i always remeber so i'm not actually sleeping soundly. I'm technically unconsious for longer but im more exauhsted now then before.

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Posted 25 February 2010 - 08:48 AM

My sleep has been weird lately. I have been on paxil since January 1 2010. And I just recently realized that my sleep has been different. I wake up in the middle of then ight more frequently. Also, I have been having weirder dreams. It is so crazy to me that you dreams can be affected by an anti-depressant. But last night I dreamed some crazy stuff. And a lot of old memories have been coming up in my dreams. But I sleep. I know I am more tired it seems. And yea. So, thats my experience thus far. I hope my sharing has helped.

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Posted 20 April 2010 - 08:43 AM

while on paxil, seroquel, and wellbutrin, I slept like a baby.

The paxil has since taken control however, and I have given up the seroquel for sleep at night - can now fall asleep by myself again!

Since then tho, I have been having really weird and vivid dreams and I find I can't sleep as well as I use to with the seroquel, but that's normal. I have a sound sleep until about 5:30-6:30 am then its all over from there. The dreams are kinda quirky, but if i wake up they're far easier to shake off now, than before I started on seroquel in the beginning. Paxil has replaced seroquel for me with help to sleep, lessened my anexiety and therefore lessened my anger towards certian things in my life. Now - I just don't care! It's a great feeling, wish I would have had this 13 years ago.

Whether the wellbutrin + paxil that I am taking now offsets and helps the other I don't know. I started wellbutrin before paxil and never felt any major effects. Its the paxil, for me that did the trick.

I have energy level problems as well, and the wellbutrin helped a little, but its by no means a fix. The paxil on the other hand I will consider a fix for my anexiety for sure. It made me more carefree - I like that. I needed that.

I have been off seroquel for 5 days now since starting it nearly 4 years ago becuase of the anger i had within me and the inability to sleep right. I started wellbutrin last december, and paxil this past january. I'm glad to have finally found the correct medication and diagnosis for my problems, even if they aren't all solved yet - I feel I am on my way to a good solution.

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Posted 11 July 2010 - 03:36 PM

Hi all,

I've been taking Paxil (labelled as Seroxat here in Ireland) consistently for about 2 years now and on & off for the previous 7 years. Similar to other people I often have very vivid dreams/nightmares. I see a lot of people have difficulty sleeping with Paxil, I'm at the other end of the scale and average about 13/14 hours and sometimes up to 20 hours sleep. Needless to say this is less than ideal.

Has anyone had a similar experience? and if so has a change in medication or the addition of a second medication helped?

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Posted 11 July 2010 - 03:40 PM

First week or so was not great but now as normal. Normal was what I voted.

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Posted 16 July 2010 - 06:17 PM

My sleep is absolutely horrendous. It's always been bad, but I have noticed it worsening the last about 3 years while i've been on Paroxetine.

I have bouts of insomnia and bouts of hypersomnia. I have very vivid almost film like dreams and I remember parts of them for many years. I can right now recall and visualise a dream I had about being in a fairground when I was about 13/14 which is now 15/16 years ago, yet I can remember it as if i dreamt it last night...

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Posted 16 July 2010 - 06:29 PM

My sleep is absolutely horrendous. It's always been bad, but I have noticed it worsening the last about 3 years while i've been on Paroxetine.

I have bouts of insomnia and bouts of hypersomnia. I have very vivid almost film like dreams and I remember parts of them for many years. I can right now recall and visualise a dream I had about being in a fairground when I was about 13/14 which is now 15/16 years ago, yet I can remember it as if i dreamt it last night...

What time of day do you take it?
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Posted 19 July 2010 - 06:58 PM

My sleep is absolutely horrendous. It's always been bad, but I have noticed it worsening the last about 3 years while i've been on Paroxetine.

I have bouts of insomnia and bouts of hypersomnia. I have very vivid almost film like dreams and I remember parts of them for many years. I can right now recall and visualise a dream I had about being in a fairground when I was about 13/14 which is now 15/16 years ago, yet I can remember it as if i dreamt it last night...

What time of day do you take it?


In the evening, that's when I was told to by the doctor. Why? Can it have different affects with taking at different times?

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When everything is torn, and the world is cold as stone
When life holds you down, like you're drowning at sea
I'm the hand that you need, 'til you land at your own destiny
Reach out for me

I'm too tired to go to bed, I'm too wired for anything except the crossfire in my head
It's been a long night, cos I took all I can take, til the walls shook and the windows break
I want to phone you but it's far too late, it's been a long night



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Posted 19 July 2010 - 07:23 PM

My sleep is absolutely horrendous. It's always been bad, but I have noticed it worsening the last about 3 years while i've been on Paroxetine.

I have bouts of insomnia and bouts of hypersomnia. I have very vivid almost film like dreams and I remember parts of them for many years. I can right now recall and visualise a dream I had about being in a fairground when I was about 13/14 which is now 15/16 years ago, yet I can remember it as if i dreamt it last night...

What time of day do you take it?


In the evening, that's when I was told to by the doctor. Why? Can it have different affects with taking at different times?

Not in all cases. Everyone is different. But in my case, my doctor had me taking it in the morning. That didn't work so well. I was jumpy and agitated during the day and had a very hard time sleeping at night. I discussed with my doc and we decided that I should take it a couple hours before bed. That worked wonders! I was able to sleep off the side effects and within a few days, my sleep schedule was back to normal.
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Posted 26 January 2012 - 07:30 AM

Well as a kid about five years ago I took small amount of Paroxetine hydrochloride for six months. And it actually helped me sleep well, instead of usual 45-100 minutes it took often less than 20 to fall asleep. Withdrawing the trug gave few sleepless nights though.
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Posted 26 April 2013 - 03:01 PM

i am eating 20mg in morning with combination provigil and 20mg before bed.

my sleep is very well.

I have: General Anxiety Disorder - Depression - Narcolepsy - excesive daytime sleepness - Migraine - Tic disorder  

 

My currently meds:  Sertraline 200mg(Zoloft)  ,  Quetiapine 25mg(Seroquel)  ,  Propranolol 100mg(Generic)  

 

My previous meds: Citalopram , Alprazolam , Depakene(sodium valproate) , Haloperidol , Perphenazine , Fluoxetine , Clomipramine , Nortriptyline , Amitriptyline , Venlafaxine , Clonazepam , Dihydroergotamine , Properanolol , Buspirone , Chlordiazepoxide   & more...


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Posted 01 May 2013 - 12:10 PM

I stated taking paxil friday with half pills. First night was fine, second night was not very good and the third night was awful, probably only 3 hours of sleep off and on. 4th and 5th night we like the second.

I am now taking the full 30 mg pill. So far I have experiences the following side effects: shaky hands, restless legs, sweating, headaches, and nausea.

I take the pill a couple hours before bed and see most of the side effects at night or in the morning.




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