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estercita

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  1. I've been on Viibryd since last February (see above). So often on the internet we read horror stories about varoius medications, so I wanted to return to this forum to share a positive story. Until early October, Viibryd worked ok, but not as good as Zoloft for treating my anxiety-related insomnia. On Zoloft I would have trouble sleeping maybe once every 2 weeks to 2 months. On Viibryd I had problems falling asleep maybe once a week or every other week. It took a long time, but things have improved. I've had difficulty sleeping only once in the last 6 weeks! And there are no sexual SE. I'm thrilled to have found a medication that works for me.
  2. I want to share a positive experience with Viibryd. Long story short: I've been on anxiety medications off & on since experiencing post-partum anxiety after my daughter was born in 2008. My primary symptom was/is severe insomnia. I was on Zoloft, which worked wonderfully to treat the anxiety & allow me to sleep just like I always had (7-8+ hrs./night), but I wanted to find something else b/c of Zoloft's sexual SE. I was on Lexapro from Oct. 21 until last Sunday. However, I never slept very well on it. I would wake up 1-4 hrs. b/f my alarm & either couldn't fall back asleep at all or slept very lightly. Also, the sexual SE were just as bad as on Zoloft. So, my pdoc and I decided there was no point in staying on Lexapro. I started taking Viibryd on Monday. The very first night--and every night since--I've had a great night of sleep. (Nothing else in my life has changed.) I'm sleeping through to my alarm. I'm able to sleep past 6am. I'm getting 7.5-8.5 hrs. of sleep a night, without taking any sleep meds. I'm able to fall back asleep at night. So I'm convinced the early awakening was a side effect of the Lexapro. The only SE of Viibryd so far were minor GI issues for the first few days. I am very happy with it so far.
  3. So here's an update. I was on Lexapro from Oct. 21 until last Sunday. I continued having the problem with early awakening, even after Neurontin was added to the mix to even things out. I was no longer waking up at 2-4am & unable to fall back asleep, but I always slept lightly after that initial awakening & NEVER slept through to my 6am alarm. So I never slept more than 7-7.5 hrs., even when I had the opporutnity to do so (e.g., on weekends). It's like I never got back into deep sleep after 3/4am. Also, the sexual side effects were just as bad as on Zoloft. So, my pdoc and I decided there was no point in staying on Lexapro. I started taking Viibryd (a new SSRI) on Monday. The very first night--and every night since--I've had a great night of sleep. I'm sleeping through to my alarm. I'm able to sleep past 6am. I'm getting 7.5-8.5 hrs. of sleep a night. I'm able to fall back asleep at night. So I'm convinced the early awakening was a side effect of the Lexapro. Just wanted to share for anyone who might be dealing with similar side effects of Lexapro.
  4. I've been running for 22-23 years, so exercise definitely isn't part of the issue (although I've been dealing with an injury for 2 weeks, but am still walking or biking). I see my pdoc next week. Maybe he'll have some insight.
  5. I posted a few weeks ago about increased anxiety on Lexapro. That seems to have subsided. But I now have a new problem. I started taking Lexapro to treat the anxiety that is causing my insomnia. (I was on Zoloft but got off due to sexual SE.) I am not dealing with depression. After 6 weeks on Lexapro, I'm now able to fall asleep on my own again without any medication. That feels great. But the problem is that EVERY TIME I've fallen asleep on my own (9 times in the last 3-4 weeks), I have awakened 1 to 3.5 hrs earlier than my usual wake-up time (6am). This never (rarely) used to happen when I was on Zoloft. I could always fall back asleep & was usually sound asleep when my alarm went off. If Lexapro is treating the anxiety enough for me to fall asleep, why isn't it working on any latent anxiety so I can fall *back* asleep? I can function on 5-6 hrs. of sleep, but it's far less than ideal. I just don't get why this is happening every time, not just a night here or there. Has anyone else experienced this? Any clue what might be going on?
  6. Brief update: I've been on Lexapro for 4.5 weeks now. My pdoc thinks the stretch of increased anxiety I posted about earlier was a response to the increased dosage. My anxiety seemed to subside & I was sleeping great on Remeron for about a week. Now the last 4 nights I'm back to waking up b/tw 2:30 and 4:45am & unable to fall back asleep. My insomnia seems to have switched to sleep maintenance. I've even been able to fall asleep with no Remeron--but then I wake up after 4.5 to 6 hours (when my anxiety is under control I sleep for 7-8+ hours & have no trouble falling back asleep). I know it takes Lexapro awhile to work, but I don't get why I'm not seeing gradual improvement--it's just this up & down cycle. When I wake up in the middle of the night, I am overcome with a panicky feeling that I can't control--tingling at the back of my head. When my husband put his arm around me last night, he said my heart was racing as if I were running. Any insights into what might be going on? Has anyone else experienced these up & down cycles instead of gradual improvement?
  7. Thanks for your empathy. I slept better last night so my anxiety is not nearly as high today. It's just so hard to wait not knowing how long it will be until I get relief. I see my pdoc next Thursday, so we'll re-evaluate then. If you don't mind my asking, what led you to go off Zoloft if it was working so well? Thanks again.
  8. Just wondering when & how your anxiety & sleep problems developed. Was this postpartum anxiety? That is what I had and although my daughter will be 3 next week, I am still dealing with it! I got better on Zoloft but have tried to get off twice & had setbacks both times. I"m on Lexapro now & I can really relate to wanting desperately for it to kick in and not knowing how long that will take. I'm suffering right there with you.
  9. Hi, everyone. This is my first time on this board. Brief introduction: my daughter is now a toddler, but I'm still struggling with insomnia & anxiety that originally started as postpartum anxiety. Insomnia is my main symptom. Otherwise I have a great life. Due to my initial experience with postpartum anxiety, I've now developed a complex about insomnia. I've been on Zoloft for 2 stints & did great on it, but tapered off due to sexual side effects. I most recently tapered off Zoloft in May, did great for 7 weeks, & it's been a roller coaster since then. I tried Buspar & that didn't work. Now I've been on Lexapro for nearly 3 weeks, started at 10mg & increased to 20 after 1 week. For the first 2 weeks, I was doing great. My sleep med (Remeron) was actually working b/c my anxiety was lower. I wasn't thinking about sleep, just living my life. But for the last 5 nights I've woken up at 2:30-4am and haven't been able to get back to sleep--this is both with and without sleep meds. As soon as I realize I'm awake, I panic & can't fall back asleep. If the Lexapro were working, I shouldn't be having these racing thoughts. I feel very anxious & nervous, esp. in the morning. Is it possible that the increased dosage is actually causing anxiety instead of alleviating it? Or does this mean that I need a higher dosage? This never happened to me on Zoloft. The last time I started Zoloft, it took only 2 weeks before I was sleeping without meds. I feel like I have no safety net b/c the Remeron doesn't work when my anxiety is high. I took Ambien last night for the first time in 2.5 years, thinking that it would work--no luck, woke up after 4.5 hours. And the 2 nights I've slept without meds I also woke up early. I felt great knowing I could fall asleep on my own, but that's little consolation if it means only 4-5 hrs. of sleep. So basically I have nothing to help me sleep while I find a medication to treat the anxiety. I see my pdoc next Thursday, but just wondering if anyone had advice or suggestions.I'm so tired of dealing with this. :( I don't know whether to stick it out with the Lexapro or just go back on Zoloft and work around the side effects with med holidays, which worked well for me in the past. I'm desperate for suggestions!
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