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Re: Parnate and insomnia

Posted by Carlene on June 11, 1999, at 22:56:00

In reply to Re: Parnate and insomnia, posted by Gretchen on June 10, 1999, at 2:20:01

Thanks to both Gretchen and Judy for the encouragement! I found the information about controlling dosage before bedtime on another page and realized that shortly before I'd begun having the sleep problems, my job had become so busy that I'd been taking my 2 p.m. dose at 6 p.m. So that was exactly the problem. By the next day, I was back to myself again -- what a relief. I'm on a 3x/day schedule, so I had been taking my meds at 6 a.m., 2 p.m., and 10 p.m., which had worked fine for me (no insomnia related to the last daily dose). Now, to control the 2 p.m. slippage I'm doing them 3x/day at mealtimes, which are pretty well defined for me.

Again, thank you both for the encouragement. May God strengthen you, too, as you continue learning to walk with this challenge.

> When I re-started Parnate this time (third trial,) my sleep did get considerably worse for about the first two months. However, it is now better than it has been in a very long time because I am actually _doing_ things during the day.
> I take klonipin (2mg) at night when I am having a really hard time getting to sleep.
> Are you taking the Parnate early in the day? For instance, the second dose (if you take two,) at least six hours before bed time?
> (I have been getting a really strong anxiety reaction consistently about two to three hours after I take my meds. It can last up to three hours. (It feels like a panic attack, but there is no focus to it because I know it's the meds -- weird.) In any case, perhaps you are having a variation of the same type of side-effect? That is the time line basis for the "six hours" which was suggested above.)
> Hope things get better for you,
> Gretchen
> > A couple of people have mentioned some trouble with insomnia on parnate. I'm finding it difficult to fall asleep--mind racing for at least an hour every night--which isn't characteristic of me. When I'm not on parnate and depressed, I'm sometimes an early morning insomniac (wake at 3:30 or 4 and can't go back to sleep) but being unable to sleep for sometimes two or three hours is very unusual for me. Any other experience with this? Anything that helps?




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