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yogini

Paxil (Ssris) And Insomnia

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I am in the process of weaning off my SSRI. I noticed I am falling asleep and staying asleep much better. I've had insomnia since getting POTS. I didn't start taking Paxil until 4 years into my illness. My POTS has gotten a lot better over time, but the insomnia has gotten worse. I was wondering whether anyone had worse sleep on Paxil/SSRI?

(In case anyone is thinking of trying an SSRI, overall the SSRI helped a ton. Even with the insomnia as a side effect, it is totally worth trying)

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I'm on Paxil too and have sleep difficulties. But I actually don't think it's due to the SSRI, I think it's more of a dysautonomia things as it comes and goes. I can go being awake about 3 to 5 hours a night for weeks, even months and then go back to sleeping almost normal (normal for me is waking up 2 to 3 times a night to use the bathroom and fall asleep quite easily afterwards) for several weeks.

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I never had sleep issues until my POTS started last year. I am also in the process of weaning off a Snri and I hope this helps with the insomnia. I hope your weaning process goes smooth and there are restful nights ahead!

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Thanks. This is my third time trying to go off Paxil and this has been the easiest time I've had by far...fingers crossed. I am still sleeping well!

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I have actually had better sleep with the SSRIs. In fact, I am frequently drowsy in the afternoon. I have felt much better overall with Paxil so I will gladly take the side effects over the misery I went through before I started the med.

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