Has anyone else struggled with "Sleep Eating" as a side effect of taking Prozac (Fluoxetine)?
- 6 Mar 2015 by Java121
- 12 March 2015
- prozac, bulimia, eating disorder, fluoxetine, side effect, sleep, symptom
I've never heard of "Sleep Eating" before until recently when I did some research. It explained a lot of the symptoms I've been experiencing lately. Ever since I started taking Fluoxetine (Been on it for 1mth now) I have insomnia. What happens is the first wake up (usually 1am) I wake up thinking about food. I go right to my kitchen, grab something to eat (not anything that's nutritionally sound either... lol), take it back to my couch, and pretty much eat with my eyes closed. A couple of times I actually fell right asleep on the couch as soon as I was done eating, sitting up. Also, I'm not even hungry when I do this but I cant seem to go back to sleep unless I do. Then I get up and go back to sleep until my next wake up (usually another1-2 hrs). Sometimes I munch again but usually not.
I do want to put it out there that I use to do this exact thing about 10yrs ago and I wasn't on any medication. So that's why I'm wondering if its the Prozac or just me?? This medicine has done wonders for me already but this insomnia and eating thing isn't fun.
I would appreciate any feedback I can get.Thank you so much!
The lady that did my hair for years told me that she was on prozac, and then told me in another conversation that she was doing the same thing. She said that if any of her family tried to stop her she got angry too. I moved so I don't know if she's still doing it.
Yes, it is one of numerous side-effects of this medication.
I have suffered from Night Eating Syndrome (NES) which involves sleep eating for over 10 years. I can definitely say that Prozac and other SSRIs should NOT make you sleep eat, they actually are given to patients with NES as a treatment form to help them stop night eating! My sister also has NES and when she started Zoloft (similar to Prozac) she quit eating at night. So i don't think the sleep eating has anything to do with Prozac, especially since it raises serotonin levels and it isn't a hypnotic or sleeping med. It may just be a coincidence that you are experiencing it, and stress and depression can cause sleep eating so if you are going through a stressful time that is likely to be the cause, not the medication. If it helps you sleep better and helps with depression or anxiety I'd stay on the medication for sure.
Hi, i was also under the impression that Prozac usually helps to inhibit over eating/binge eating, etc. I just did a bit of research and this is indeed what came up. Psychotherapy can help can help night eating syndrome. Regarding the insomnia, try taking your medication at a different time, just ensure it is taken at the same time every day
Yes, I went downstairs and used six spoons(no double dipping even while sleep walking) and ate peanut putter straight from the jar.
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