I am 80 years old and my doctor prescribed 25mg of Zoloft for insomnia. After taking the medication for 5 days it has not worked. Was anyone ever given this medication just for insomnia? If yes, did it work?
I was prescribed 25mg of Zoloft for insomnia does this medication work for insomnia?
Question posted by Anonymous on 7 May 2017
Last updated on 24 August 2020
2 months ago I completely stopped sleeping, I'm 33 years old I had never had a sleeping issue in my life. I was always a great sleeper I could sleep 12 hours a night if I wanted to. Then stress hit me, I've been trying to get pregnant for a year. The stress affected my sleep and I went almost 3 weeks without any sleep. The doctor prescribed me Zoloft 25mg for the morning and Temazepam to sleep at night. I had all the awful horrendous side effects of starting Zoloft for the first 5 days but I got through it. The Temazepam wasnt great with helping me sleep (it was only giving me 3 - 4 hours) so my doctor prescribed Ativan (Lorazepam) 1mg. Ativan works great for me but makes me feel suicidal, groggy and sick the next day. I have a huge issue with taking sleeping pills but if I dont take them I literally dont sleep. I have lost the ability to fall asleep naturally. So after 2.5 weeks of Zoloft 25mg I upped my dose to 50mg which was my doctors desired dose for me.
I've been taking 50mg for 16 days now. I know it can take 4 weeks to 6 weeks for the Zoloft to fully enter your system and help with sleep. But my issue is I feel like it's never going to happen and in the meantime I'm filling my body with benzo's and I experience depression and suicidal thoughts the next day because I feel like I'll never return to the way I used to sleep. I'm petrified, every night I go to bed and take an Ativan I feel like crying. There's no easy way to deal with insomnia/anxiety affected sleep. It takes a hold of you and turns your life upside down. I will say the Zoloft has so far helped with some of the anxiety but when will it help with my sleep? When will the Zoloft rest my mind at night and allow me to doze off? And what can I take rather than Ativan as Ativan is a scary drug?
Hello, just wondering if you stuck with the zoloft and if the side effects wore off quickly? I was recently prescribed it to help me work through some mood issues related to switching hormonal birth control methods. I'm not sleeping and wondered how long it takes to work?
Nicole1375; Yes Zoloft is used for many different things from anxiety, panic attacks, and things that go with them and also used for sleep. The problem is that it does not always work right away you have to be patient Keep taking it every night is very important and as your body adjust to it You should start to notice a calming effect that we'll help you start and get some sleep on a regular basis. Most people say the sleep part could start working any time after the first few weeks, and others it can take as much as 4 to 8 weeks to reach the full benefit. But well worth the wait and in that time you should be able to have several nights where it works for you just keep taking about the same time each night or however the doctor told you to. But they should have told you more of how it works. So you don't have what is happening to you now taking it every night and not having any luck but it really should work Hope this helps you some.
- Zoloft uses and safety info
- Zoloft information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side effects of Zoloft (detailed)
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