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    DangerZone44 posted:
    I'm a 44 yr old male who takes prozac for depression but I am not sleeping like I used to in the beginning is there something I can take to help me sleep while taking prozac?
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    susiemargaret responded:
    hello, DZ --

    you need to talk with your dr about this.

    -- susie margaret
    what good is gold, or silver too, if your heart's not good and true -- hank williams, sr.
     
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    Thomas L Schwartz, MD responded:
    Oh, there are tons of things you can do.
    First, google sleep hygiene or go to http://www.sleepeducation.com/Hygiene.aspx from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and make sure you are behaviorally trying good sleep practices. If that fails, you can find a therapist to teach you behavioral sleep techniques (these often work as well as meds, but you need to find a therapist trained in cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia...). If these non med things fail there are addictive and non addictive sleep meds you can ask for. Rozerem and Silenor are FDA approved non-addictive ones. Slightly addictive ones are ambien, sonata, lunesta and more addictive are restoril or dalmane. All sleeping pills can work but make you tired/groggy in the morning, dizzy, off balance. some can make you sleep walk and as noted some are addicting- so talk to your doc.
     
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    truindependent responded:
    I have had wonderful success with Doxepin (Sinequan). My doc tells me it's one of the only meds that actually put you into a deep sleep. And it is a very old treatment for depression. Just be careful of the side effects - one of the 'biggest' ones is potential weight gain.


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