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Zoloft for anxiety works, but can't sleep!

Hi, I started taking Zoloft a month ago for panic, got through the initial nasty side effects and now feel great.  I started at 25mg and was supposed to double my dose but I didn't because I felt so much better just taking the 25.  

The one major drawback is I cannot sleep, I have been given Zanex to help me sleep, if I take 1/2 it works great, but I'm worried about getting hooked since it's addictive, so don't use it.  I also got Trazodone and that didn't put me to sleep, over the counter meds don't work either.  I'm not anxious at night though, which is very nice - I was considering cutting down to 12.5mg a day.  Would I still get the benefits at this low dose?  I feel so much better I would hate to mess it up - I've had anxiety for 25 years it quite a relief!  Thanks so much, Erin
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I too had the same problem after starting Zoloft 4 years ago, It took a good 2 months for my system to get used to the medication and I could finally sleep. Please, don't reduce your dose unless your dr. tell's you to.  I think if you just give it a little more time, sweet dream's wont be far away.  Stay in touch though and let us know.
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You've gotten the very best advice there is from JSG. The only thing I would add is to question your doc about giving you Xanax to sleep. It is NOT a sleeping pill! Never has been, never will be. Without a doubt, it WILL help you to sleep, but it DOES come with the price tag of physical dependancy. There are MANY other safer, and smarter options to help you sleep! If your doctor won't explore those options with you, find another doctor immediately!
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I agree with the others, do NOT adjust your medication without instructions from your doctor.  Also, as greelydia said, Xanax is NOT indicated for use as sleeping pill - this is a highly addictive medication which one can build up rapid tolerance too and should NOT be prescribed for this purpose.

Q: what time do you take your Zoloft?  Some SSRI's tend to stimulate people while they can make others sleepy especially during the hours after you take the pill.  If you are taking the Zoloft in the afternoon or before you go to bed, you might try taking it first thing in the morning to see if that helps.

Side-effects from various medications used to treat anxiety typically subside by 6 weeks.  If you are still having insomia after this time (which is unacceptable in my opinion) then talk to your doctor about this.
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I am back on Zoloft (100mg) this time.  Initially, it makes me much more on edge for the first month or so and I do have trouble sleeping, but for me, the body gets used to the med and I adjusted fine in the past and I probably will this time as well.  I also agree with everyone.  Don't adjust meds on your own; talk it over with your doc.
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Thank you, Thank you!  I have been so worried about taking the Zanex for those reasons.  It is excellent for a sudden bout of anxiety & panic therefore valuable but I am not planning to take it for sleeping.  

It's also great to hear that even after a month I may still be adjusting to the Zoloft - I figure if it's temporary I can handle anything!  I will give it another month and get a prescription for an appropriate sleep aid.  Thanks All!!  Erin
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