Saphris Causing Insomnia

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Steve Says:

I started talking 5 mg Saphris ten days ago and now have insomnia that has gotten worse. I have epilepsy and am seizure free but take three primary medications. Lamitical 800 mg (400 mg AM and 400 mg afternoon), Aptiom 500mg afternoon, and Clonazepam 2 mg at night for sleep. Last night I skipped the 5 mg and am going to start taking it in the mornings. At least my Clonazepam knocked me out as usual but I woke up at 3:30 AM and can't get back to sleep. Can someone give me advice?

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Ralph Says:

I would say persist with Saphris. The insomnia will pass in a few weeks.The benefis of a clearer mind outweigh the costs. For the time being if you get at least 4 hours sleep and are not too tired during the day you should be ok. Just be careful driving or using machinery.

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Verwon Says:

That is a known side effect of this medication, according to the FDA. Others may possibly include nausea, dizziness, headache, dry mouth, constipation, and weight gain.

However, as Ralph stated, such side effects are usually transient and should go away once your body gets used to the medication. If they persist past 4 to 5 weeks, you should consult your doctor.

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