14 days ago I begin taking 10mg of Fluoxetine once a day. For the most part, it has worked great. However, the one side effect that quickly emerged was vivid dreams and interrupted sleep. I have no problems getting to sleep. However, I do have problems staying asleep. For the past two weeks I've only been about to sleep 3-4 hours straight. Sometimes I am able to fall back asleep for 1 or 2 more hours. I had been taking it at night one or two hours before bed. About a week ago, I switched to taking in the morning - about 7:00 a.m.
Three days ago my psychiatrist prescribed 25mg of Trazodone before bed. I suggested that perhaps the sleep problem was due to me taking it at night and that perhaps I should give it more time with the morning habit. He said it did not matter what time of day I took it. I haven't started taking the Trazodone yet. My sleep the last three nights has been a little bit better than previously - maybe 4-5 hours of straight sleep followed by 1 or 2 more hours of extended sleep after. Usually I wake up either around 2:00 or 4:00 in the morning.
So my questions are this:
(1) Has anyone else exprienced this problem?
(1a) If so, how long did it last?
(1b) Did you need medication to help regain sleeping habits?
(2) Might a simple Melatonin supplement help?
(3) Does it matter what time of day I take Fluoxetine?
I of course plan to talk to my doctor about this... but I wanted to see what ya'll thought before I went in. Thank you so much for any comments.