Can Doxepin be added to Fluoxetine as a sleep aid?
- 17 Jul 2011 by blott3
- prozac, sleep disorders, doxepin, fluoxetine, sleep
i have been on Fluoxetine for 10 days now and while I was having sleep problems before starting Prozac the last 3 days I have not been able to sleep more than 3 hours before waking up and staying awake. I know that I have not been taking it long enough to help with my depression but I can
tell that it is starting to kick in due to nothing below the belt is not working anymore.
My dr. perscribed a generic sleep aid but found that it cost $80+ and my budget will not allow me to afford that. My insurance will not pay for any sleep aids period.
I looked at the $4 generic list at Walmart and the $5 generic list at HEB and checked all the meds listed for mental health. There is only one med listed (which is on both Walmart and HEB "cheap" list) called Doxepin.that can be used for (amoung other things) Insomnia. Has anyone used this combination of meds and if so did it work for you?
17 Jul 2011
I checked the interaction checker for you and found the following for these two medications:
There is interaction potential and this would have to be monitored closely by the doctor.
Have you thought about just taking a supplement like melatonin with the fluoxetine? Melatonin can be found in the vitamin aisle of the store and works very well for some people. Just a thought.
18 Jul 2011
I'm currently prescribed Doxepin for insomnia. I'm not on Prozac, but Luvox, which is in the same drug class - so you should be ok taking that combination. There are always potential drug interactions, and therefore it is important that it be monitored by your doctor, but I would certainly discuss with your doctor the possibility of adding Doxepin to help your insomnia.
I've found that Doxepin works very well - the only thing is that you'll need to make sure you can sleep at least a good 7-8 hours at a minimum, because it will last that long, and you make wake up still feeling very drowsy...
Good luck and take care!
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