Has troubles with excessive sleeping? Staying in bed sleeping for 3-5 days at a time,up for 1-2 days, back to sleep. Only get outta bed for restroom. Every time i get up i eat something even if its a snack. Goin on like that about 2 yrs. Was also givin venlafaxine 50mg 1×day. Thanks
Your sleepy situation sounds familiar. I spent a lifetime feeling tired which became progressively worse. After years and years a doctor sent me to a sleep clinic where I was diagnosed with sleep disorder. It changed my life. I finally had a proper diagnosis and began treatment. I cannot express how validation- that I wasn't just depressed- helped. People don't always understand feeling tired vs never really waking up is about. I know that sleeping 23 hours and waking up tired is a terrible way to live.
I was prescribed gabapentin at one point and recall having little or no adverse side effects. I cannot say if it helped or not. I will say I didn't feel creepy crawly or have weirder than my normal weird thoughts. To be fair, I wasn't as chronic of a sleeper during the time I took (gaba). I do not recall feeling any more, or any less sleepy. And it was one drug I didn't fight about with my doctors. Medicine is kinda scarey when finding the "right one".
What I know through research- gabapentin is an anti-seizure medication. It is used for treating neuro-pain and mental health problems. It's also been prescribed for treating restless leg syndrome. (sleep disorder) There are side effects which include fatigue.
I am writing from personal experience. I have no medical degree. Again, your sleep situation sounds so familiar. You did not mention having any particular dx??? I do hope you express your concerns with your doctor. You can ask your doctor the same question posted here. It's their duty to inform you about medicines they have given- where what and why. You can ask your doctor about sleep disorders or ask to be sent to a specialist.
And for the record if you've not seen a sleep doctor, based on what I read of your story, you should consider it. (Typically) one does not need a referral to make an appointment at sleep clinic. Most insurance cover it.
- Gabapentin Information for Consumers
- Gabapentin Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Gabapentin (detailed)
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