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Got insomnia & need sleep I take 30mg citalopram daily can I take 15mg mirtazapine tonight to help me sleep? Took mirtaz on its own before citalopram

Got insomnia & need sleep I take 30mg citalopram daily can I take 15mg mirtazapine tonight to help me sleep? Took mirtaz on its own before citalopram

Talk w ur doc first: Both citalopram and Mirtazapine are both antidepressants. Mirtazapine has a side effect of making a person sleepy so it sometimes is helpful in this regard. However your doctor may not want you to take two antidepressants so you should discuss this with him or her before you make that decision. ...Read more

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Citalopram (Definition)

Citalopram is a ssri medication used to treat anxiety and depression disorders, it's also used to treat ptsd and ocd. It takes 4 to 6 weeks to be fully effective. Side effects; sedation, minor temporary stomach issues, delayed orgasm in males and rarely weight gain. It is ...Read more


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I'm on celexa, (citalopram) I have been on it for almost 25 days. One of the side affects is insomnia. I got trazadone, but im still not sleeping as as I used to. What are more ways to sleep well? Help!

I'm on celexa, (citalopram) I have been on it for almost 25 days. One of the side affects is insomnia. I got trazadone, but im still not sleeping as as I used to. What are more ways to sleep well? Help!

See your doctor: If Celexa (citalopram) is causing insomnia almost a month into treatment, discuss with your doctor the idea of a different medication for the same goal. There are many other ssri or snri medications that might be helpful without causing insomnia and then you wouldn't need to add trazadone or another medication for sleep. The chance is very good that you would do well with a different medication. Good luck! ...Read more

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Only on seroquel (quetiapine) and celexa. Took dopamine mucus got insomnia. Took trazodone ativan. Got sleep. Then akathisia next day. Cause? Solution?

Only on seroquel (quetiapine) and celexa. Took dopamine mucus got insomnia. Took trazodone ativan. Got sleep. Then akathisia next day. Cause? Solution?

Too many medications: It is not usually a good idea to be mixing so many different mind altering medications. Discuss your mental and neurological issues with just one doctor and together you can come to a healthy and effective strategy to accomplish your goals, good luck! ...Read more

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Can you die from a citalopram overdose or just sleep?

Can you die from a citalopram overdose or just sleep?

Yes: You can die not just sleep from this overdose. It can be very serious and the medicine should not be left around. Recently there have been new warnings about potential cardiac effects of th 40mg dose without overdose! ...Read more

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Discontinued citalopram and now I can't sleep?

Discontinued citalopram and now I can't sleep?

Citalopram: Citalopram increases serotonin which can help some people sleep, and also it may have helped your depression. Anxiety and now you have insomnia back as a symptom. ...Read more

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When can I sleep again after using citalopram?

Anytime: Citalopram can occasionally cause sleeplessness, but if you stop taking it generally within a few days, as it has a half life of 37 hours, you should be able to sleep OK, unless you were taking it for insomnia. If the insomnia is still present, it is untreated and you should consider a consultation for treatment. ...Read more

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Been on citalopram 20mg for 2 weeks I take at night as makes me feel strange all day if I take in morning but struggling to sleep will this go away?

Been on citalopram 20mg for 2 weeks I take at night as makes me feel strange all day if I take in morning but struggling to sleep will this go away?

Well: You have not been in the medication for very long. It take 4 to 6 weeks to really get into the system for the full effects. Continue on if you can tolerate. Then return to your doctor and report your findings ...Read more

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I was on 20mg of citalopram for about a yr. I have been off of them for a little over a month now & can't sleep. Is this typical & how long will it las?

I was on 20mg of citalopram for about a yr. I have been off of them for a little over a month now & can't sleep. Is this typical & how long will it las?

It depends: It depends on why you can't sleep. Sometimes insomnia can indicate the beginning of depression or anxiety. If you were taking citalopram for depression and now you have insomnia, it's very important to have your insomnia evaluated and treated. Hope this answer helps. ...Read more

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I take 20 mg of celexa (citalopram) every morning is it safe to take zzzquil at night for sleep?

I take 20 mg of celexa (citalopram) every morning is it safe to take zzzquil at night for sleep?

Drug interactions.: Per D rugs. Com drug interaction checker - there is moderate interaction possible. "may increase side effects such as dizziness, drowsiness, confusion, and difficulty concentrating". However, if you are about to go to sleep, that should be ok. See: https://www. Drugs. Com/interactions-check. Php? Drug_list=679-335, 896-16076 ...Read more

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I took my first citalopram (10mg) last night and woke up after 5 hours unable to fall back to sleep. Is this normal for the first few weeks?

I took my first citalopram (10mg) last night and woke up after 5 hours unable to fall back to sleep. Is this normal for the first few weeks?

Not likely: See how you do after several weeks. It takes the medication several weeks to build up in the system. ...Read more

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Yesterday I started citalopram, if it keeps me from sleeping initially, can I take zolpidem to sleep? How long do initial citalopram side fx last?

Yesterday I started citalopram, if it keeps me from sleeping initially, can I take zolpidem to sleep? How long do initial citalopram side fx last?

Yes you can: It is not unusual to experience a stimulating effect from antidepressants. Sometimes this wears off and sometimes it doesn't. Insomnia associated with the antidepressant is common. A trial of sleeping medicine is reasonable on a short term basis. Also, insomnia can be related to the depression itself. When the depression is treated, the sleeping med can be discontinued. Best wishes! ...Read more

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Rare sleeping disorder on celexa (citalopram) 4 deprs. Been on multiple sleep meds. None work. Wake in up 5+times a night. Clxa culd be reasn but only ad thatwor?

Rare sleeping disorder on celexa (citalopram) 4 deprs. Been on multiple sleep meds. None work. Wake in up 5+times a night. Clxa culd be reasn but only ad thatwor?

Not Celexa (citalopram).: Have you had a sleep study? It might help clarify what causes your sleep problem. Try sleep hygiene as well. Do not do any work or read in bed, use it only for sleep, do not watch tv in bed, or watch stimulating movies before you go to bed. Try listening to music or a relaxation tape. There is a yoga technique with breathing they describe as "darth vader" type of breathing. ...Read more

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Can I take herbal nytol tablets to help me sleep if I take CITALOPRAM?

Citalopram, Oxybutyn: I understand your distress.
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Citalopram and Oxybutynin can cause insomnia, depression, rash, itching.
Oxybutynin can cause fungal infection and urinary tract infection.
Using Nytol with Citalopram may increase dizziness, some impairment in thinking and judgment.
See Urologist
See Psychiatrist for Citalopram effects and Thera ...Read more

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I take 20mg citalopram am and 30mg pm mirtazapine. I wake up to early. Can I split mirtazapine 15am/15pm for bettet sleep?

Celexa/Remeron: You might, if it is ok with your doctor, try 15mg. Remeron (mirtazapine) at bedtime instead of the 30mg. The lower dose is better for sleep. ...Read more

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I have been on citalopram (20mg) for a year now and last week my doctor increased my dosage to 40 mg but all I have done is sleep since then!

Celexa (citalopram): Sometimes going to 30mg. From 20mg. Might ease that, & sometimes changing the timing of taking it, or even splitting the total daily dose in half (half in morning & half at night), but please review with your prescribing doctor first. ...Read more

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2 weeks in to my citalopram 20mg sleep is getting a little better still sweat at night I have a weird feeling in chest like a flutter vibration.

2 weeks in to my citalopram 20mg sleep is getting a little better still sweat at night I have a weird feeling in chest like a flutter vibration.

Hang in: Usually the side effects fade about the time the good effects kick in--also some anxiety sx may initially be confiused with side effects. ...Read more

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Does trazodone take awhile to start working as a sleeping med. I have taken it for 3 nights 50mg and I have barely slept. Also citalopram 20mg?

Does trazodone take awhile to start working as a sleeping med. I have taken it for 3 nights 50mg and I have barely slept. Also citalopram 20mg?

Trazoodone: Works right away, but the dose needs to be adjusted into the dosage range that is correct for you. When I prescribe trazodone I give a specific range for the patient to take. I can never predict whether they will respond in the low medium or high dose. By giving them the range where they take enough so that they're sleeping but not so much that they are feeling hung over, I generally get good results. Please contact your prescribing physician and discuss the dose that may be more beneficial for you. ...Read more

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Started citalopram 12/13 always tired. Taking naps sleep 8-12 hrs a night. Could it be the medication or something else? If from meds will it subside?

Started citalopram 12/13 always tired. Taking naps sleep 8-12 hrs a night. Could it be the medication or something else? If from meds will it subside?

Sedation: Citalopram can be sedating in some people, especially depending on your metabolism and other medications or drugs you might be using. Please talk with your prescribing physician about this. Dose adjustments might be made, or possible change to a different medicine if your doctor feels it best. ...Read more

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I like taking medication at night to lower side-effects. Can I take citalopram a half hour before I go to bed to sleep? Or is it too close to bedtime?

I like taking medication at night to lower side-effects. Can I take citalopram a half hour before I go to bed to sleep? Or is it too close to bedtime?

Antidepressants: Can have two effects: either they can make you comfortable and sleepy, or feeling good and can't go to sleep. As long as you know the effect of the medicine on you and it doesn't bother you going to sleep, that is ok. ...Read more

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I have a prescription for Celexa, (citalopram) and I do agree that I need it, but I am scared to death of it. Biggest concern is, will I be able to sleep?

I have a prescription for Celexa, (citalopram) and I do agree that I need it, but I am scared to death of it. Biggest concern is, will I be able to sleep?

Keep a sleep log.: You should express your concerns to your treating doctor. You should also keep a sleep log so you will be able to track the way the medication is influencing your sleep. In addition you may find that taking the medication in the morning as opposed to the evening changes the degree to which the medication impacts your sleep. A log will help you see if it is the medication causing sleeplessness. ...Read more

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What's the best depression medicine on the market my dr prescribed me celexa (citalopram) it makes me sleep I don't wanna wake up I've had 3 deaths in one year?

What's the best depression medicine on the market my dr prescribed me celexa (citalopram) it makes me sleep I don't wanna wake up I've had 3 deaths in one year?

Talk Therapy!: While you search for a better antidepressant, definitely get involved in supportive talk therapy. The losses you've faced and your grief will not be resolved by drugs alone - they may not even be necessary. You need to work through your feelings which may be fairly normal and healthy. But, un-dealt with, they can fester leading to worse symptoms. Be picky, this therapist is one you need to trust. ...Read more

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Is it possible for me to take an occasional sleeping pill while on celexa (citalopram)?

Is it possible for me to take an occasional sleeping pill while on celexa (citalopram)?

Yes: It all depends on which sleeping pill, but in general all over-the-counter sleep aids, as well as the commonly used prescription varieties, can be taken while on Celexa (citalopram). ...Read more

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My girlfriend took 8 10mg citalopram and drank about 3 beers she was puking for a minute and is now sleeping will she be okay?

My girlfriend took 8 10mg citalopram and drank about 3 beers she was puking for a minute and is now sleeping will she be okay?

Why did she do: This? Was she trying to take her life. She may be medically ok, but something is wrong here. I think she should be seen promptly by medical. Overdosing on medication is never alright. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Insomnia (Definition)

A sleep disorder in which you cannot fall or stay asleep. It usually accompanies another sleep, medical, or psychiatric disorder, and can lead to memory impairment, mood changes, and increased risk of ...Read more


Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Sleep (Definition)

Sleep is a topic that involves concepts such as how long it takes to fall asleep, how many times one wakes up at night, how many hours one sleeps at night, sleep stages, ...Read more