ZOLOFT is an SSRI. CYMBALTA is an SSNRI.This means they're both anti depressant medications, however, Cymbalta adjusts your serotonin AND norepinephrine. Norepinephrine is also known as adrenaline!! So no, my input is that it should not be expected to help with insomnia. I've been on both. And just detoxed off an extremely high dose of Effexor XR. That was quite hellish! My advice to you is to find an actual psychiatrist to work with you on your med regimen. Just regular physicians are not trained enough to adequately help you! Have you ever been prescribed anything for just insomnia? If not, here are a few suggestions... I've been on them all at one time or another... or even a combination of them. Start first with more basic meds (is health insurance a problem for you?) ...
Lunesta, Ambien, trazodone, Restoril, Elavil (which is amitryptiline), melatonin- over the counter and can be purchased at Walmart, Neurontin, Requip (for restless legs syndrome) ... Then if none of those don't last or aren't effective, you may need the stronger group of meds. ... I don't know the length of time you've struggled with restlessness or insomnia, but the stronger group that is normally used are; Seroquel, Zyprexa, Risperdal, Halcion, Klonopin... these meds are mostly atypical anti- psychotics, or benzos though, so I'd ask your doctor and tell him/her about your insomnia. This is just a list so you can educate yourself. Let me know if you're confused or need more info! Hope this helps!
Hi, neither of the medications are prescribed to help you sleep so I hope that's not the reason that you are switching from Zoloft? If you are having difficulty sleeping you may need to switch the time of day that you are taking the med. If that doesn't help then there are many over the counter sleep aids available that may help without having to take a stronger prescribed med. Above all though - you need to discuss this with your psychiatrist before taking anything else to avoid taking something that may not interact well with what you are currently taking. Over the counter Melatonin helps some people and Doxylamine succinate (Unisom SleepTabs) is another option. I myself occasionally take the store brand of Doxylamine and it does not make me tired the next day.
Unfortunately most over the counter sleep aids contain antihistamines which work because they cause drowsiness - the unfortunate part is that it usually will follow you in to your waking hours the next day. If OTC sleep aids do not work for you then there are many available prescription meds that are specifically for sleep. Keep us posted and let us know how you are doing!
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