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I would rather have hypersomnia than the opposite.

 

As a withdrawal symptom, it may mean your nervous system is healing.

 

Try to keep a regular schedule to reset your internal clock.

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I think I've been experiencing hypersomnia to a degree since withdrawal started after I did a fast taper off sertraline. I sleep most of the morning as well the night, and sometimes used to go back to bed in the afternoon for a nap then as well!! Now I still sleep in the morning, but don't need the afternoon sleep as much. I am sure it is withdrawal symptom and just try to sleep when my body needs it.

I know if I push myself to do things I get very tired quickly and then need more sleep. Also if my stomach more upset than usual, sleep helps.

I read somewhere that sleep helps the body clear out toxins and heal itself, so I think it is just a sign that I am healing.

01/2006 Put on Prozac for anxiety and panic attacks 08/2008 Came off Zoloft after tapering don't remember taper, lost weight, felt like had cold constantly, very panicky, pain everywhere (misdiagnosed fibromyalgia), head funny.05/2010 put back on Zoloft03/2012 came completely off Zoloft followed Dr standard taper- no appetite, lost weight (0.5 stone), flu-like feelings constantly, pain everywhere, head funny, nausea, very panicky, very strong emotions etc Lost 1 stone.04/2013 improving. actually put on some weight and hungry most of the time. Still burning pain joints, stomach upset, headache/feel faint and emotions very strong. Chest very painful too.01/2014 improving still. Gained weight!! Still hungry. Still headache/feel faint and strong emotions and chest/shoulder muscles painful. Periods irregular and very painful. Very tired. Joints burn only if eat refined sugars. Started eating fruits again.03/2014 2 years off. Now intolerances developed to nuts and soya. Permanently hungry, Emotions strong but started healing psychological reasons I was put on antidepressants with therapist. Shoulder pain bad, heady often, very tired.06/2014 flu-like symptoms returned, many intolerances, stomach painful, skin crawling feeling, muscles painful, very emotional. :-((

09/2016 over 4.5 years off, no real changes in symptoms, still much pain, headiness, heart weird, digestion bad, hormones unbalanced, nausea yet very hungry, tired, flu like symptoms etc etc.

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After about 2 and 1/2 months of withdrawal, I've been consistently having a problem waking up. My dreams are pretty intense and I can easily sleep 12 hours and still want to rest more. I'm wondering if this is just part of the acute phase of withdrawal or if anyone has noticed this symptom going away after a certain amount of time. It's making it exceedingly difficult to get even normal things done.

Was put on Abilify from about March 2012 to September 2012, 10mg, self tapered no withdrawals

Last drugs I was put on - 10 mg fluoxetine (prozac) and 5mg trifluoperazine from December 17th 2017 - Jan 10th 2018. withdrawals about 1 week after quitting cold turkey

reinstated about Feb 2nd, prozac, 2.5 mg for about 1 week, withdrawals worsened, quit again cold turkey

tried reinstating 3/4/2018, stopped 3/7/2018

Currently taking fish oil

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On 3/19/2018 at 1:26 PM, gallanthero26 said:

can easily sleep 12 hours and still want to rest more. I'm wondering if this is just part of the acute phase of withdrawal or if anyone has noticed this symptom going away after a certain amount of time.

Hi Gallanthero26,

Hypersomnia is one of my symptoms as well.  It is still quite pronounced, but better than it was in the beginning which tells me that it is likely to improve with time.  Some things I've done that help are taking gentle walks, especially in the sunshine--even if they are very short walks.  Scheduling things in the morning (even as late as 10 o'clock) force me to get up and out.  I don't do this often, but every once in a while it works.  I try to go to bed at the same time every night.  I don't eat sugar or flour and keep fat to a minimum.  I reduced my instant coffee and  am still working on that.  I don't sleep through the night.  I wake up several times, and I think that lack of continuity contributes to my oversleeping in the mornings.  I've always had trouble getting up in the mornings; but when I began withdrawal back in August, it became extreme.  As I said, it has improved, so there is hope that it will keep getting better.  Good luck to you.

Best,

RM

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On 3/19/2018 at 1:26 PM, gallanthero26 said:

After about 2 and 1/2 months of withdrawal, I've been consistently having a problem waking up. My dreams are pretty intense and I can easily sleep 12 hours and still want to rest more. I'm wondering if this is just part of the acute phase of withdrawal or if anyone has noticed this symptom going away after a certain amount of time. It's making it exceedingly difficult to get even normal things done.

 

 

Hi again gallanthero26


I was going thru some emails and discovered one to my sister where I told her that I'd dropped my dose of lexapro from 40 mgs to 30 mgs and was sleeping all the time (this was 4 yrs ago)

so, apparently tapering/reducing your dose of an AD can cause hypersomnia

 

I don't recall how long it lasted, sorry. I was, as I may have mentioned before, up and down in my dose way too many times over the course of several years.

 

I hope that you're able to be up to do the things you want to do!

 

all the best

 

  • pysch med history: 1974 @ age 18 to Oct 2017 (approx 43 yrs total)
  •  Drug list: stelazine, haldol, elavil, lithium, zoloft, celexa, lexapro(doses as high as 40mgs), klonopin, ambien, seroquel(high doses), depakote, zyprexa, lamictal- plus brief trials of dozens of other psych meds over the years
  • started lexapro 2002, dose varied from 20mgs to 40mgs. I tried to get off it several times. WD symptoms were mistaken for "relapse". 
  •  2013 too fast taper down to 5mg but WD forced me back to 20mgs
  •  June of 2105, tapered again too rapidly to 2.5mgs by Dec 2015. Found SA, held at 2.5 mgs til May 2016 when I foolishly "jumped off". Crashed in Sept, reinstated at 0.3mgs in Oct. 2106
  • Tapered off to zero by  Oct. 2017 Doing very well
  • Nov. 2018 feel 95% healed, current age 63 
  • Jan. 2020 feel 100% healed, peaceful and content 
  • Aug 2021, loving life ❤️ 
 
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Did anybody ever have  trouble staying awake heavy eyes coming off cetalpram  

Ativan 2mg 1980 to 2020.

cetalapram 10mg 2012 to 2020.

tecta 40mg 2012 to 2020.

Antenol 25mg half pill 2000 to 2021.

Risperidone .25mg 2021

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Woohoo!!!  Finally off Pristiq    Post 0 updates start here

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