For many years Effexor has been used for sleep. What it does is calm you down so you can sleep. This is a drug has great outcomes and for long term use.
Another question is why did your doctor not suggest a sleep study instead of giving you a pill? I would ask your doctor, Maybe you have something else that is going on and the doctor has just missed the mark.
This came from the National Institute of Health
I am printing this out because I want others to read this. If there is a medical problem in your lack of sleep, you could die...
I suffer from Apena... and am being treated.
What Are Sleep Studies?
Sleep studies allow doctors to measure how much and how well you sleep. They also help show whether you have sleep problems and how severe they are.
Sleep studies are important because untreated sleep disorders can increase your risk for high blood pressure, heart attack, stroke, and other medical conditions. People usually aren't aware of their breathing and movements while sleeping. They may never think to talk to their doctors about sleep- and health-related issues that may be linked to sleep problems.
Doctors can diagnose and treat sleep disorders. Talk to your doctor if you feel tired or very sleepy while at work or school most days of the week. You also may want to talk to your doctor if you often have trouble falling or staying asleep, or if you wake up too early and aren't able to get back to sleep. These are common signs of a sleep disorder.
Doctors can diagnose some sleep disorders by asking questions about your sleep schedule and habits and by getting information from sleep partners or parents. To diagnose other sleep disorders, doctors also use the results from sleep studies and other medical tests.
Sleep studies can help doctors diagnose:
Sleep-related breathing disorders (such as sleep apnea)
Sleep-related seizure disorders
Parasomnias (such as sleepwalking)
Circadian (ser-KA-de-an) rhythm disorders.
I too am curious, but I wanted to know why your doctor just didn't prescribe you a medication strictly for sleep. There are some many out there. Anyway, good luck and keep us posted on your progress.
- Effexor Information for Consumers
- Effexor Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Effexor (detailed)
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