I've taken Parnate (the generic form tranylcypromine) since 2013. I've had bad insomnia for many years before I started the MAOI, so I didn't think it was due to the med.
Last week my psychiatrist recommended my taking 1-2 grams of the supplement L-tryptophan at night. He said it's safe to take with the MAOI and that it has helped some of his patients. I bought an OTC brand called NOW. It's too soon to tell if it's helping me (due to my getting a horrible period right when I started it which has kept me up at nights) but I'll keep taking it to see what happens...
On a separate note, I started using a disposable vape pen by a California-based company called Dr. Delights that's cannabis-only (no THC which is what causes the "high") and it's for promoting sleep. It's called "Snooze" - it has definitely helped me. It's not a cure by any means but I could actually tell it helped.
Good luck and I hope others will give some useful suggestions too.
Don’t take it too close to bedtime. I never take it after 3:00 PM.
(Also, if you just began taking it, like in the past couple of weeks, then you should know the insomnia will decrease in severity over time).
Xyrem might help if everything fails, but that's a very dangerous drug. Most of the sleep specialist is paranoid about prescribing this Rx.
- Parnate Information for Consumers
- Parnate Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Parnate (detailed)
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