I started this drug as I just couldn't get out of bed - I thought it was all from the pain from my disease - but although I have started living again I find going to sleep may take hours, and then an hour later I wake again and am restless. Sometimes I need a sleep for an hour when I get home. Once I get past 2 - 3 am my sleep is unbroken, but at least I have the energy to face the day. I take it just before bed. Is this the best time? I have been on it for few weeks.
Effexor - sleeplessness?
Question posted by Jabina on 9 Dec 2011
Last updated on 9 December 2011 by papasam
I have been on effexor for some time, I never had any problem with not wanting to get out of bed. I gave me a lot of energy, but unfortunately it did cause insomnia, just exactly as you describe. Don't know your dosage information but if it is one time per day I would definitely move it to morning, yes you will have to skip a dose so you you get too much in your system. If it is twice a day dosage you may have to discuss taking it at a little earlier time. I had to be put on a sleeping pill which also is an option but honestly only gives me 5 to 6 hours of uninterrupted sleep, but I do not seem to suffer from any fatique from it.
I was on effexor about 6 months ago and i dont remember it making me sleepy, i know it did give me alot of energy and some insomnia. I am currently winging myself off lexapro to get back on effexor since it worked great for my depression. Why did i get off of it again?? LOL, anyway good luck and keep me posted.
Hi Jabina ! I'm sorry. I am not a Doctor, but I can sympathise with your issue. Please make sure you speak to your doctor about this. It's always important to have open communication about what is going on. Good Luck and Take Care !
I would take it first thing in the morning as it can cause sleeplessness. It will still give you the relief you are seeking. You will have to skip a dose in order to start taking in the morning as you don't want to take two doses in the same twenty four hours.
- Effexor information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side effects of Effexor (detailed)
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