It appears you have not yet Signed Up with our community. To Sign Up for free, please click here....

Anxiety Message Board

Is it just me or does Zoloft cause major somnolence/drowsiness?

Post New Thread   Closed Thread
LinkBack Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 09-16-2008, 09:39 AM   #1
Join Date: Jul 2004
Posts: 323
joebloggs2 HB Userjoebloggs2 HB User
Is it just me or does Zoloft cause major somnolence/drowsiness?

Zoloft doesn't make me "sleepy" but gives me a feeling like Melatonin. Somnolence I suppose. It makes me feel "good" but tired. The feeling you get when you've accomplished a lot during the day and are finally in bed peacefully waiting to sleep.

It's a great feeling, and my ideal world is one in which I can sleep all day, but this state has ruined my GPA and life. I can't get anything done, I don't feel like talking, I sleep anytime I have a chance, etc.

I was taking Zoloft for about 8-12 months. It worked AMAZINGLY well for my anxiety and depression (I take it more for anxiety though), but I just can't stand the somnolence. Drugs are good. They're fine, they're ethical, they work, etc. I'm not looking for drug-free therapy. I just want anxiety medicine that doesn't make me drowsy.

I'm currently also taking Wellbutrin (by itself it works great for my energy level, but doesn't do much for my anxiety). I'm thinking about getting on Effexor..

What has your experience on Effexor been? Especially those who've taken zoloft with the same problem I have.

Sponsors Lightbulb
Old 09-18-2008, 03:41 PM   #2
Join Date: Jul 2004
Posts: 323
joebloggs2 HB Userjoebloggs2 HB User
Re: Is it just me or does Zoloft cause major somnolence/drowsiness?

I guess it's just me than.

Old 09-19-2008, 04:27 PM   #3
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Florida
Posts: 16
gordon99 HB User
Re: Is it just me or does Zoloft cause major somnolence/drowsiness?

Im a newbie and know that females have other issuses to discuss concerning their meds. Ive found this site totally exiting. As for your prescriptions, I have taken Zoloft for a year or more for panic disorder/depressive disorder as a side-kick. I know that Zoloft has been used for panic/anxiety for years and of course was once used exclusively for depression. Why the Wellbutrin? Maybe ask your doc that Zoloft is all you need.

Just a suggestion....Why kill a bird with 2 stones when one is all you need. Just ask about it.

Old 09-21-2008, 01:25 PM   #4
Senior Veteran
GatsbyLuvr1920's Avatar
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: USA
Posts: 1,870
GatsbyLuvr1920 HB UserGatsbyLuvr1920 HB User
Re: Is it just me or does Zoloft cause major somnolence/drowsiness?

Yes, Zoloft can cause that in some individuals. I stopped taking it because it made me sleep all day. It really interfered with schoolwork. For me, all SSRIs made me incredibly tired. After Zoloft, I also took Lexapro and Prozac, both of which made me just as tired as Zoloft did. I have never taken Effexor, so I do not know if that makes you just as tired as Zoloft, but I was not surprised to read that you are having incredible fatigue on Zoloft. With my experience on Zoloft, the dosage didn't make a difference. I took 25 mg for about 8 months (it was the first anti-anxiety medication I took), and it sort of helped with my anxiety/OCD, but not much. So, my doctor increased the dosage to 75 mg. That's when I began experiencing the tiredness. I eventually was taking 250 mg, the maximum dosage, because the Zoloft wasn't doing anything for my anxiety/OCD. And it still was making me incredibly tired. I am now taking Anafranil for my OCD, and it's the first medication that has actually worked for me. It still makes me tired, but unlike the SSRIs, I'm able to get my work done. If I have the chance to sleep, I will, but I'm able to be awake when something needs to get accomplished.
"Not everything that steps out of line, and thus 'abnormal,' must necessarily be 'inferior.'"
-Hans Asperger

Closed Thread

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Board Replies Last Post
Zoloft for GAD.. when does it kick in? joebloggs2 Anxiety 32 05-03-2008 07:11 PM
Zoloft Side Effects Question prettyfish13 Anxiety 4 05-01-2008 12:31 PM
does meds help klp37 Multiple Sclerosis 3 07-23-2007 07:01 PM
just got a Medtronics Pump a week ago Hope4U2 Pain Management 20 09-16-2006 11:38 AM
Methodone, just started tonight cardinal Pain Management 5 04-21-2005 06:14 AM
Vent Part 2: Zoloft reesie Bipolar Disorder 6 11-11-2004 08:27 AM
Just wanting to write ontheway Depression 4 07-06-2004 09:09 PM
Just prescribed Zoloft, and Have some questions jwarneka Depression 4 10-03-2003 06:01 PM
Adderall + Zoloft = ? lauralea ADD / ADHD 1 12-30-2002 10:06 AM

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Sign Up Today!

Ask our community of thousands of members your health questions, and learn from others experiences. Join the conversation!

I want my free account

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 02:19 PM.

Site owned and operated by HealthBoards.comô
Terms of Use © 1998-2017 HealthBoards.comô All rights reserved.
Do not copy or redistribute in any form!