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Why am I sleeping 16hrs out of 24. I take prozac (fluoxetine).?

Why am I sleeping 16hrs out of 24. I take prozac (fluoxetine).?

Depression: There are two types of depression: one is a depletion of serotonin and Prozac is a good drug for that. The other is a depletion of norepinephrine (ne) and for that Prozac is ineffective. Frequently, but not always sleeping too much suggests that it is a ne depletion and a ne reuptake inhibitor such as wellbutrin (bupropion) is effective. See your docotor to rule out other causes and talk about a switch. ...Read more

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Fluoxetine (Definition)

Fluoxetine (brand prozac) is an antidepressant in the class known as serotonin selective reuptake inhibitors aka ssris. Fda approved in 1987 for the treatment of major depressive disorder. Subsequently approved for obsessive compulsive disorder, bulimia nervosa, panic disorder, and premenstrual dysphoric disorder. Significantly safer and much better ...Read more


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I am 43 and experiencing palpitations especially when I lay down. They wake me out of sleep. I have anxiety and take Prozac (fluoxetine) for that but it isn't help?

I am 43 and experiencing palpitations especially when I lay down. They wake me out of sleep. I have anxiety and take Prozac (fluoxetine) for that but it isn't help?

Common problem: Palpitations can be a sign of all different types of heart arrhythmias. The greater majority are safe & are common to most people at one point or another. There are some palpitations that are more frequent with body position, at night, or during the onset/offset of some medications/foods, but people also tend to notice them more when they go to bed. See your PCP for evaluation & possible test. ...Read more

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Can Prozac (fluoxetine) help me sleep? I've changed the time of day that I take it, and it seems like I dream more and wake up more rested. Is that normal?

Can Prozac (fluoxetine) help me sleep? I've changed the time of day that I take it, and it seems like I dream more and wake up more rested. Is that normal?

Common Side Effects: Fluoxetine - Prozac (fluoxetine) common side effects included insomnia, restlessness, increased activity level, daytime sleepiness or tiredness. Prozac (fluoxetine) interact with many other medications, it is specially important to tell your doctor and/or pharmacist about all of the medicines you are taking. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take melatonin for jet lag and also do develop a sleep routine for a few days till sleep cycle stable. Am on 40 my Prozac (fluoxetine) as well.

Is it safe to take melatonin for jet lag and also do develop a sleep routine for a few days till sleep cycle stable. Am on 40 my Prozac (fluoxetine) as well.

Yes.: Taking melatonin may help with your jet lag but if you travel internationally, it may take a few days to get back on your routine sleep cycle. Taking Prozac (fluoxetine) shouldn't have an effect. ...Read more

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I take 60mg Prozac each morning and 20-50 mg of adderall a day and 2mg of Xanax (alprazolam) at night to sleep. Xanax (alprazolam) isn't helping can I take on more 1mg tonight!

I take 60mg Prozac each morning and 20-50 mg of adderall a day and 2mg of Xanax (alprazolam) at night to sleep. Xanax (alprazolam) isn't helping can I take on more 1mg tonight!

Stop the madness!: You are on major medicines from a competent physician and are asking doctors who don't know you for permission to take more meds??? Sleep is necessary for good health and disrupted sleep needs to be treated. Perhaps your meds are causing the insomnia, or stimulant drinks, or stress, or psychiatric disease itself. Call the prescriber to discuss this, and quit trying to circumvent him/her. ...Read more

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Can I take Prozac (fluoxetine) for anxiety and trazadone for sleep together? Or Prozac (fluoxetine) and zzzquil without having serious side effects?

Can I take Prozac (fluoxetine) for anxiety and trazadone for sleep together? Or Prozac (fluoxetine) and zzzquil without having serious side effects?

Prozac (fluoxetine) can be: Used for anxiety ; trazodone can be used off-label for sleep if your medical provider prescribed them for you to be used together. Ssri's and trazodone are often prescribed together. According to drugs. Com "using Diphenhydramine together with fluoxetine may increase side effects such as dizziness, drowsiness, and difficulty concentrating. Some people may also experience some impairment in >. ...Read more

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I currently take lamictal 10mg, Prozac 20 mg, Latuda (lurasidone) 20mg, vyvanse 70mg, and Wellbutrin 300mg but can't sleep still?!?! And mood are all over still.

I currently take lamictal 10mg, Prozac 20 mg, Latuda (lurasidone) 20mg, vyvanse 70mg, and Wellbutrin 300mg but can't sleep still?!?! And mood are all over still.

When do you take?: Diagnosis? Lamictal and latuda (lurasidone) for mood stabilization? Both are subtherapeutic dose. Prozac and Wellbutrin are antidepressants and may increase mood variability. Vyvanse is stimulant. Bipolar d/o and ADD overlap as far as symptoms, but rare to have both and treatment very different. All but latuda (lurasidone) can be stimulating and should be taken in am. Please discuss with prescribing doc. ...Read more

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I have bad insomnia since stop taking Prozac and seroquel (quetiapine). I can only sleep now if I take seroquel (quetiapine). Is this because I stop taking Prozac 3 weeks ago. Will I be able to sleep w/o taking seroquel (quetiapine) ever?

I have bad insomnia since stop taking Prozac and seroquel (quetiapine). I can only sleep now if I take seroquel (quetiapine). Is this because I stop taking Prozac 3 weeks ago. Will I be able to sleep w/o taking seroquel (quetiapine) ever?

Consider Melatonin: With your doctor. Only means to getting regular sleep will be with a considered/ balanced approach with all of your medicines. Your doctor should help you choose what will work best. ...Read more

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Day 5 of 10mg Prozac (fluoxetine). Take it in morning after levothyroxine. By 7pm I'm exhausted! But I can't seem to sleep more than 6 hours! Help!

Day 5 of 10mg Prozac (fluoxetine). Take it in morning after levothyroxine. By 7pm I'm exhausted! But I can't seem to sleep more than 6 hours! Help!

6 hours of sleep: May be all that you need although it is generally recommended that one attempt to get 7-8 hours. The effects of Prozac are felt typically after 10 -14 days. Discuss your concerns with your doctor after you give the medicine another 5-9 fays to do its thing. You might consider using a different agent (Paxil (paroxetine) and Prozac tend to be "activating") ...Read more

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I take Prozac & Risperidone together for OCD. As an effect, I sleep a lot and started to lose focus and concentration on my studies. Does Aderal help?

I take Prozac & Risperidone together for OCD. As an effect, I sleep a lot and started to lose focus and concentration on my studies. Does Aderal help?

Gene testing: Before changing or adding any medication, you could be genetically tested to see which medications will work best for you. You could ask your doctor if he/she can provide that for you. You could also try some brain training exercises or neurofeedback. ...Read more

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I'm taking prozac (fluoxetine) for OCD and I felt ok but it caused insomnia+anorexia, is it ok to take mirtazapine to eat more and fall asleep fast?

I'm taking prozac (fluoxetine) for OCD and I felt ok but it caused insomnia+anorexia, is it ok to take mirtazapine to eat more and fall asleep fast?

Not unusual: Combining two antidepressants to address symptoms is not unusual, especially if they have different mechanisms of action that influence each other synergistically. However, the timing of medication can affect impact of potential side effects. Recommend discussing any concerns with taking more than one medication for your particular condition with your doctor. Hope this is helpful. All the best. ...Read more

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Is nefazodone or Prozac (fluoxetine) better to relax you and help you get some sleep?

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Serzone/Prozac: Serzone is used to be prescribed for depression & insomnia. Prozac (fluoxetine) is unlikely to be sedating. Best to discuss with your doctor the sleep hygiene techniques or google that for more info. ...Read more

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Could not getting enough sleep affect the way Prozac and Ritalin (methylphenidate) work or cause then not to work as well?

Could not getting enough sleep affect the way Prozac and Ritalin (methylphenidate) work or cause then not to work as well?

Sleep deprivation: Interferes with overall cognitive function and general physical and mental health, regardless of medications. Inadequate or inefficient sleep has been implicated in many disorders, of which depression and poor concentration are two (of many). ...Read more

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As I gradually weaned off Effexor (venlafaxine) XR and took Prozac to decreased Effexor (venlafaxine) xr, my sleep hasn't been the same and I get aggravated, what is this?

As I gradually weaned off Effexor (venlafaxine) XR and took Prozac to decreased Effexor (venlafaxine) xr, my sleep hasn't been the same and I get aggravated, what is this?

More data needed: Effexor (venlafaxine) xr works on more neurotransmitters than prozac. Also depending upon the dose of the Effexor (venlafaxine) xr perhaps it was tapered too fast and or the dose of Prozac was not high enough. In either event you need to discuss it with you doc. Often their are other temporary medications that can be taken prn
to get you through the switch over phase. Also the time of day that you take the meds
is important. ...Read more

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First few days on 20 mg of Prozac (fluoxetine) cause drowsiness (i.E., feeling sleepy during the day despite 8-9 hours of sleep). Could this subside eventually?

First few days on 20 mg of Prozac (fluoxetine) cause drowsiness (i.E., feeling sleepy during the day despite 8-9 hours of sleep). Could this subside eventually?

Side effects usually: Subside in 1-3 weeks. If you take the medication in the morning and feel sleepy during the day, try taking it at night and see if that reduces the daytime sleepiness. If it does not subside your prescriber may reduce the dose for a while and increase later when the side effect subsides. If it becomes intolerable and does not subside then an alternative medication may be necessary. Best regards. ...Read more

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Prozac (fluoxetine) 10mg/day in the morning for 2years. No sex drive and lately can't sleep at all. Plus headaches. Help?

Prozac (fluoxetine) 10mg/day in the morning for 2years. No sex drive and lately can't sleep at all. Plus headaches. Help?

A few possibilities: You didn't say why you're taking prozac (fluoxetine), (fluoxetine) but insomnia, no sex drive, & headaches could be depression (returning?). Since many people need 20 mg, perhaps your dose is low. These symptoms could also be Prozac (fluoxetine) side-effects, less likely if they arose suddenly 2 years after starting treatment. Or they may be completely unrelated to prozac (fluoxetine). It's best to ask your prescribing doctor about this. ...Read more

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Day 3 on lovan (prozac) half tablet. Tired all the time, no motivation. All I want to do is sleep. I know it's too early for affects, hopeless/drained?

Day 3 on lovan (prozac) half tablet. Tired all the time, no motivation. All I want to do is sleep. I know it's too early for affects, hopeless/drained?

Keep trying: As the medication activates in your system and reaches a therapeutic level, it is a good idea to be prepared. Take several minutes a day and walk, bend, stretch and get your body in motion. Get outside. Set an appointment to attend. Get used to an increase in structure. The medication will not do these things for you. It will only give you more resources to do what is necessary. ...Read more

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After my dads stroke, his dr put him on Prozac and Remeron (mirtazapine) to help him sleep! Can these 2 drugs together cause severe mood changes? What do I do?

After my dads stroke, his dr put him on Prozac and Remeron (mirtazapine) to help him sleep! Can these 2 drugs together cause severe mood changes? What do I do?

Yes: I would not use either drug with a patient who has had a stroke, as the adverse effect profile might present in a far more intense fashion, especially suicide risks with Prosac. I personally feel uncomfortable with the approach, and recommend a visit to a geriatrician or psychiatrist to get this straightened out. ...Read more

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I'm on 20mg Prozac (fluoxetine) daily & have been for 2weeks. This week I've had dreadful night sweats. Will this side effect subside? I'm not sleeping much now.

I'm on 20mg Prozac (fluoxetine) daily & have been for 2weeks. This week I've had dreadful night sweats. Will this side effect subside? I'm not sleeping much now.

Sometimes: Because of Prozac (fluoxetine) long half life (which is a measure of how long it stays in your system), side effects can appear 2weeks after starting it, as it accumulates in your system. I notice you are pregnant also, so you may want to talk w your prescriber to try reducing the Prozac (fluoxetine) if you are better. I am assuming your Doctor knows you are pregnant, if not tell him asap. Happy motherhood! ...Read more

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Prozac (fluoxetine) make you sleep walk? Had a weird dream last night that seemed to be confirmed this morning. On 20mg prozac (fluoxetine) for OCD. Scared - freaking me out!!

Prozac (fluoxetine) make you sleep walk? Had a weird dream last night that seemed to be confirmed this morning. On 20mg prozac (fluoxetine) for OCD. Scared - freaking me out!!

Prozac (fluoxetine): I reviewed the side effect profile of Prozac (fluoxetine) on Drugs. Com and did not see sleep walking listed as a potential side effect. ...Read more

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I recently weaned off Effexor (venlafaxine) XR by taking Prozac 10 mg and from dropping from 50-25mg seroquel for a week then 12.5mg seroquel then stopped both Prozac and seroquel on 5/13.I can't sleep now, help!

I recently weaned off Effexor (venlafaxine) XR by taking Prozac 10 mg and from dropping from 50-25mg seroquel for a week then 12.5mg seroquel then stopped both Prozac and seroquel on 5/13.I can't sleep now, help!

Talk w/your doctor: This question is best answered by your own doctor who prescribed you the medications and then tapered them. If you're having difficulty, please contact him/her. S/he may want you to continue a low dose of seroquel (quetiapine) for a little longer -- but I don't know what symptoms you were having in the first place. Symptoms can return when medication is stopped. Your doctor knows you best, & can help. ...Read more

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Feel numbness in my hands during sleep. Also during sleep I feel sometimes as if there is numbness in my head. I am on Prozac (fluoxetine) 20mg for anxiety?

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Feel numbness in my hands during sleep. Also during sleep I feel sometimes as if there is numbness in my head. I am on Prozac (fluoxetine) 20mg for anxiety?

Prozac (fluoxetine): If recently started, dose adjusted, or taken late at night, very possible minor effect. Consult your doctor. ...Read more

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I'm on Prozac (fluoxetine) 10mg and 100mg trazadone and im still not sleeping right. The doctor prescribed klonopin, will this help?

I'm on Prozac (fluoxetine) 10mg and 100mg trazadone and im still not sleeping right. The doctor prescribed klonopin, will this help?

Sleep/Depression: Be careful to not over medicate yourself. Klonopin (clonazepam) may be helpful temporarily but it can be addictive and you may benefit more by seeing a qualified mental health professional to understand what is causing your sleep disturbance and how to develop strategies to calm yourself in the evening. Slee. ...Read more

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Having trouble sleeping. I lay down at 8 but don't fall asleep till 4am. My dr. Said its depression and prescribed me 20 mg prozac (fluoxetine)?

Having trouble sleeping. I lay down at 8 but don't fall asleep till 4am. My dr. Said its depression and prescribed me 20 mg prozac (fluoxetine)?

Possibly so: One of the symptoms of depression is sleep days regulation: seratonin, a brain neurochemical, affects mood as well as sleep. Prozac (fluoxetine) is a common antidepressant that enhances seratonin levels in the brain. If this is the cause of your insomnia, you should find your sleep cycles beginning to improve within a few weeks to months. Hang in there and give it a try. ...Read more

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Prozac (Definition)

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