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Sleep and antidepressant use-- REM suppression

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Old 12-16-2011, 03:30 PM   #1
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Sleep and antidepressant use-- REM suppression

I have been on some form of antidepressant for 14 years (since age 14). For 10 years now, I have had problems with sleep. No matter how much I sleep, I feel HORRIBLE the next day. I have had sleep studies done and it looks like I get very little REM sleep and it comes on very late , almost when I have to wake up. So I wake up for work and I'm utterly miserable. This has been going on so long and it just gets worse. I NEED some "real" sleep.

I'm to the point where I can hardly function and make it to work because of this. I am constantly exhausted and achy. I've had TONS of tests done and tried every supplement, diet, and pill you can imagine. Nothing works.

I'm on Cymbalta 120 mg now and it seems to be good for my OCD and depression. But the sleep specialists I am working with think my fatigue is due to my antidepressant use--AD's suppress REM sleep .

My psychiatrist wants me to try taking Doxepin at night to combat this. Has anyone tried this?

Does anyone else have this issue? I think that taking AD's at such a young age did something to my brain and I can't get the deep sleep I need. I can't get off of them though--even if I could handle the depression, the OCD is brutal.

Any thoughts, ideas? Opinions on Doxepin?

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Old 12-19-2011, 11:09 AM   #2
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Re: Sleep and antidepressant use-- REM suppression

I have tried Doxepin and it didn't work for me, but everyone is different. I have been using Trazodone and a benzo such as klonopin or ativan for several years now. I currently take Trazodone 300mg and Ativan 1mg at bedtime. My problem is that I have anxiety and racing thoughts.

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