Zoloft And Trouble Staying Asleep:


I started on Zoloft 3 weeks ago and I went from cutting a 50mg pill in half to increasing it 25 mg each week. I am now on 100 mg. I was prescribed Zoloft for anxiety. I usually take the pill around 7 pm. The first weeks I was absolutely fine the only thing that is persistent is that I would go to sleep and wake up few times a night. I was wondering if this is permanent ?

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No, it should not be a permanent side effect, but it may take a few weeks for it to go away, once you are on one consistent dosage, for awhile. The FDA does warn that this medication might cause REM Onset Latency as a side effect, which means that it can take longer for you to enter the REM phase of sleep and you may not be in it for as long as normal. That can cause a disrupted sleep patter, for awhile.

When I've taken these types of medications, I found that it usually takes about 3 weeks for it to stop, once I've been on a consistent dose for that long.

If it doesn't improve, after time, or if it gets severe, you should consult your doctor.

How are doing, now? Has there been any change, yet?

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Thank you for your reply. I had a really good day on Friday and I really though that that was it. I felt like I slept well and felt like myself again. However yesterday and today we back to waking up few times at night. I started 4 weeks ago on 25 mg and increased up to 100 mg. I have been on 100 for two weeks now.

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I take my Zoloft in the morning because when taken at night I cannot sleep. Taking it in the morning I'm alert all day and sleep a very good 8 hours at night.

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