I have been on clonazepam for several years to help with my anxiety and insomnia. The clonazepam helps me tremendously with sleep but I keep needing a stronger dose. My doctor suggested that I try an anti-depressant. I have been reading alot about Zoloft and it sounds like it will help with anxiety but I am wondering if it will help with sleep. Has anybody had insomnia and found that Zoloft helped them sleep better. Thank you for any help or suggestions that you can give me. : )
I’ve been on a very low dose of Zoloft 25mg for 3 months, I cannot go any higher because I’m too tired some people have this problem and others the fatigue goes away after a few weeks. I could sleep 18 hours... but it’s the only antidepressant that I’ve found helps my depression. I’ve tried many many meds.
I am glad to hear that your Doctor is talking about switching you from a benzo as they are not good long term solutions for anxiety or insomnia. I found that Sertraline did help me sleep better but it did require the full 7 weeks at the correct dose (100 mg) for me to get that benefit. Note to the following: "Zoloft, Prozac, Celexa, Lexapro, and Paxil. SSRIs can be effective for treating depression but may take several weeks or longer to become effective. At the beginning, they may also cause or worsen insomnia, for which your doctor may prescribe a separate sleeping medication on a short-term basis." So you may not want to give up you clonazepam just yet.
Good luck and all the best.
I’ve had insomnia for over 22 years. After a lot of trial and error with sleep aids, my Dr. and I talked about adding a low dose beta blocker (clonidine) for the insomnia. I also have anxiety, so this may not be applicable to your situation, but the off label use for clonidine in my case has been a huge benefit in helping me get to sleep and stay asleep.
Depending on your medical history and health, you might want to talk to your doctor about this. I cannot speak to the Zoloft, but do take Lexapro. You might also ask for a genetic test as they can offer insight to what medications work best for you based on your genetic profile.
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