my 19 year old sone waking at 2am ever day and feeling and this last week is being sick . is this nornal side effect? he has been on tablets five weeks and really needs sleep through night.
Help with lack of sleep whilst taking fluoxetine?
Question posted by jntsjanet on 14 March 2013
Last updated on 7 June 2017
Hi, sorry to hear your son is suffering with insomnia. Obviously sleep plays a major part in treating depression. Sometimes all you need is a short course of sleeping pills, such as Zopiclone, to get back in to a normal/good sleep routine. My doctor prescribed this for me for 5 nights, and alongside i started taking Valerian, a natural sleep remedy. It takes some time to work so give it a chance, hopefully it will help.
Laura811 you are absolutely right!I have been taking Ambien and Soma before bedtime for 2 years.Last night I tried Trazadone for the first time.All it took was 25 mgs!I did not even have to take the Soma.And it was prescribed for 50 mgs.Best night of sleep I have had,since I can't remember!!And no groggy feeling when I woke up.I can't believe the difference it made.Ambien never really did work for me.I know this is an older drug,but I want to wean off the Prozac as well.So,your suggestion of Trazadone is my advise as well!Very ironic that this question came up today... Good Luck to your daughter,and go with Laura811's advise.Ang1049
Yes, fluoxetine causes insomnia. Be sure he is taking it first thing in the AM. A lot of people I know also take Trazodone with Fluoxetine so they can sleep through the night. (Look it up, it is a safe older drug with very few side effects.) The first time I took Fluoxetine/Prozac I lost about 10 pounds, was extremely thirsty and felt nauseous a lot. I think the side effects went away after a while though but I don't remember how long it took. However, the next time I took it I had no side effects at all. Also, sometimes just not sleeping can make one feel sick to the stomach. Good luck!
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