Antidepressant Side Effects
Zoloft and insomnia is a common combination for people taking the Zoloft antidepressant, but there are ways to lessen the effects.
By finding out the important facts about Zoloft insomnia, you can make an informed decision on whether to continue with Zoloft, try another medication or try a natural antidepressant.
Zoloft insomnia occurs in up to 28 percent of people taking the drug, most commonly in people taking it for obsessive-compulsive disorder.
Insomnia involves having one or more of these symptoms:
- difficulty falling asleep
- frequent waking during the night, with difficulty getting back to sleep
- very early waking
- non-refreshing sleep
Zoloft and insomnia: tips for minimising sleep disruption
Improving your sleep habits can improve these antidepressant side effects:
- avoid caffeine, cigarettes and alcohol 4-6 hours before bedtime
- improve your sleep routine by going to bed and waking up at the same time each day. Try this for a couple of weeks as a test.
- avoid excerise 5-6 hours before bedtime, but make sure you get some earlier in the day. Exercise is a great natural antidepressant and helps promote sound sleep.
- ensure your bedroom is dark, quiet and a comfortable temperature.
- relax for at least half and hour before bed with a warm bath, non-stimulating book, soft music and low lighting.
See natural remedies for insomnia for lots more great ideas
Natural antidepressant suggestions
Antidepressant side effects are an unavoidable aspect of pharmaceutical antidepressants. The Zoloft antidepressant carries a number of other common side effects including nausea, ejaculation problems, diarrhea, dizziness, dry mouth and shakiness.
Because of the side effects, many people have tried natural treatments. Researchers have also begun studying the benefits of such products. Some helpful natural antidpressants to consider are:
- 5-HTP (5-hydroxytryptophan) has been found in a number of studies to have antidepressant properties. It is an amino acid that is part of the metabolic pathway that leads to seratonin production. Seratonin levels are strongly implicated in depression.
-SAM-e is a chemical found in all living cells. Supplements have the shown to make brain cells more receptive to the feel-good hormones seratonin and dopamine.
- St. John's Wort is a herb that works like an SSRI antidepressant medication. Many studies have confirmed that it is effective in mild to moderate depression.
- Kava kava is Fiji’s national drink and popular throughout the Pacific. It relaxes the body and is often used for sleeplessness, anxiety and fatigue. Can be consumed as a tea.
- Ginkgo biloba is a herb that has lots of positive effects on the brain including improvement of mood and mental sharpness.
Never go off antidepressant medication cold turkey and without consulting a health practitioner. You will need to taper off. If you stop taking Zoloft too rapidly, you can have withdrawal symptoms such as nausea, tremors, muscle aches, dizziness, weakness and anxiety. These symptoms typically last 1-2 weeks but can take a bit longer. It is best to taper off under a doctor's supervision.
You will still need treatment or therapy for the underlying causes of your depression. Seeing a psychotherapist can help to work through the feelings, thoughts and behaviours involved in your depression.Sources: emedtv.com; healingwithnutrition.com
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