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Hypersomnia problems

I am a 23 year old white female, 5'5" and 149lbs. I take birth control, B complex supliments, 1200mg calcium, abd 1000IU D daily. In the past year I have been on two courses of  CIPROFLOXACIN 500 MG ORAL TAB for UTI's and one course of Amoxicillin for Strep.

For about 6 months (since June 2010) I have been suffering from hypersomnia. I sleep around 10 hours a night, and wake up exhausted. I fall asleep any time I sit or lay still. I have fallen asleep in class, on the train, at work....all places that I don't want to sleep. I get very sleepy when I drive more then 5 minutes, and have to chew gum or wiggle my free leg to stay awake. I have found that if I keep my hands or feet moving, I can stay awake, but I am exhausted all the time, and as a result have become cranky. All areas of my life are being seriously impacted, my g

My blood pressure has also been low over this period, ranging from 90/52 to 110/70. My "normal" blood pressure is around 100/70.

I have gained 8 lbs since April 2010, but that might be because I sleep so much my activity level has dropped.

I have lost all interest in sex, am unable to become sexually aroused at all.

In July 2010 blood tests showed low b12 and D levels, but after taking supplements for a month tests came back normal. I have continued the supplements.

My TSH level is normal at 0.794, normal range 0.320-5.5 uIU/mL
My ESR is normal at 5, normal range 0-20mm/hr
Multiple basic metabolic panel and CBC tests have come back with all values in normal range.
I did an at home sleep study and that came back normal
They did a cortisol stimulation test, I don't have the results but the endocrinologist said the cortisol levels were slightly high, but normal considering I am on birth control.

Any ideas on what could be causing this?
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Thanks for the welcome. I have seen a sleep specialist, they say its not a sleep problem.
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Welcome to the MedHelp forum!
Hypersomnia can be due to hypothyroidism, diabetes or due to sleep disturbances. You need to consult a sleep specialist if all other tests are normal. Take care!
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The Cipro was in April and August, the Amox was in October, but I have never had side effects with it. I really don't believe that the antibiotics have anything to do with it because the fatigue has gotten progressively worse over the past 6 months, and never in my life have I just fallen asleep wherever I am, and I have been on a lot of antibiotics in my life.
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I don't think the vitamins/minerals having anything to do with your sleepiness. My first guess would be the ciprofloxacin and amoxicillin, whether independently or from the combination of them and your birth control. Prescription drugs typically affect sleep cycles and when you've got more than one going at once, you're at a higher risk for disruptive side effects.
Another thing to keep in mind is the half-life of these drugs. They tend to take longer to leave your system than most expect after you've stopped ingesting them.
If you've stopped taking Cipro and Amox, then I think it is just a matter of time before your body regulates itself. That being said, keep your doctor informed about what's going on. And if you can, refrain from driving until you feel better!
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