Lack of sleep because of Paroxetine (Paxil), any suggestions ?

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Hello all,

I have been taking Paxil since 31-May-2017.Its been about 9 days and I take it in the night.

For the first 4-5 days, I was taking 12.5 mg and then the doctor increased it to 25 mg.

Ever since I have been taking it, I have not been getting any satisfactory sleep.

I have tried taking it with Etilaam, no luck.

Even with Mirtazapine 3.75 mg, no sleep, I keep waking up in the night.

Should I reduce the dosage ? Should I take clonazepam instead of Mirtzapine ?

Please help.


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    My experience with paxil is......don't take it in the evening. Take it in the morning. Paxil has stimulating properties so is no wonder it would intertere with sleep. Sometimes i had experienced restless leg syndrom with paxil at 10 mg/day. Even if I had taken  it 12 hours before sleep.  

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    Are you taking paxil for depression ?  I used to take it but quit 5 years ago because so many adverse side effects........I would  advise not taking it at all  really. The negative effects outweigh any percieved positive effects........ just my suggestion and experience on that.
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    It is a common side effect of paroxetine. In some cases it can last even up to 2-3 months and there is really nothing you can do about it. Taking clonazepam to cure SSRI-induced insomia sounds like a terrible idea - zopiclone/zolpidem would be a far better choice.
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      Hi Johnkov, the side effects of Paxil can last 2-3 months? I've been taking it for 2 months to help wean off of Ativan and for anxiety. I feel dizzy and lightheaded in the mornings. Any advice?



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    I just started 20mg PAXIL ON June 8. So far I've noticed excessive yawning, some sleep troubles and bowel changes. I've red it takes time to get through the first few weeks. I hope not long. And I've read withdrawal is awful.

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