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Marplan and insomnia (or something)

Posted by Elizabeth on December 15, 1999, at 21:47:11

I'm having something really odd going on. I'm taking Marplan 40mg, lithium 300mg b.i.d. (now trying to d/c it - switching to 300 q.d. tomorrow), and pindolol 5mg b.i.d. I have the worst insomnia-or-something I've ever had when not depressed! I've been alternating between sleeping maybe 2-4 hours one night and not sleeping at all the next. Also it's initial as well as terminal/late insomnia, which is not typical for me either (while depressed or not).

It gets weirder. I'm getting food cravings starting at night and through the middle of the night. (Not overeating or gaining weight, but they are usually cravings for sweets.) I feel more awake and alert in the middle of the night than in the day...I feel like I should be asleep in the daytime, and sometimes I do sleep in the day, but I've been trying not to do this and I still have lots of trouble getting to sleep at night (often can't at all). Has anyone experienced this (especially the day-night reversal thing), and if so do you have any idea what causes it?

My pdoc wrote me a script for some more Ambien (20mg/night) today; I hope it works again this time (I used it the whole time I was on Nardil, but the insomnia wasn't as bad that time).




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