Propanolol and sleep disturbance

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I have been prescribed 80mg of SR Propanolol a day for anxiety and have been taking them for a week - they seem to be helping with anxiety during the day.  I am now having sleep problems.  I have been taking 150 mg Trazodone to sleep and they normally work well with no side effects but since taking the Propranolol I have been waking up after 2 or 3 hours sleep and am unable to get back to sleep.  I am exhausted.  

I take the Propanolol first thing in the morning and am wondering whether it then wears off in the early hours causing the wakefulness and perhaps I should take the Propanolol later in the day.

Has anybody else had this problem.  Any advice gratefully received.

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    I would recommend that you see the doctor who prescribed both meds and ask advice. You might be right about taking the propranolol later in the day, but then your anxiety might return earlier in the day. However propranolol SR are designed to release the medicine slowly and evenly throughout the day, so I'm a bit puzzled as to why they would suddenly wear off in the way you describe.

    Your pharmacist will also be able to advise you on the best times to take both the meds.

    I'm glad the propranolol are working for you. I was prescribed them once and they had no effect on me at all.

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    i take 60mg a day margaret but i take it 20mg 3 times a day i find pharmacists really helpful because they need to know about drugs and their affects but if you feel happier go to your doctor 
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