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Do you have depression or anxiety?
I have anxiety as stated in email.
I function after 4-5 hours a sleep but do not feel rested. I forgot to mention that I have been on paxil for 20 years and originally diagnosed with GAD (all was more or less ok until I had severe anxiety problems right before the dosage increase). So if Xanax has only a shelf life of about 6 hours isn't that why I am waking up? I take my paxil in the morning and by 9:00 at night (12+ hours ) after taking Paxil, I am tired and sleepy. No doctor ever mentioned that it was anything other than anxiety. Does this help you to further discuss with me.
P.S. I never had problems before they increased my paxil dosage. It does not make sense to me why you would bring up Bi-polar and mania. Please explain when I have told you it is form anxiety which I have suffered most of my adult life. Thanks.
Thank you for your detailed answer. The insomnia started when I took the paxil increase. Never had any problems sleeping before on 10 mg of Paxil, Took it at night religiously. When the dosage increase happened I started the insomnia and that is when my dr. switched taking it to a.m. telling me to take Xanax at night to sleep because he believed the paxil was "activating". Unfortunately, I won't know if I still have insomnia until I get off the Xanax (since it helps me sleep although only for 5-6 hours. I don't believe that I am experiencing insomnia due to rapid taper of Xanax. I only take .125 mg (half of .25) It was given to me to help me sleep because the paxil was activating. What would be the rebound symptoms and common withdrawal symptoms of Xanax and how long could they last? I know everyone is different. Is it possible that when I get off the Xanax my sleep might improve somewhat. I wake up al little restless (thinking I have not had enough sleep) but after I am up I seem to be better. (Tired but ok) Any thoughts would be really appreciated.
I never really experienced insomnia in my life that I can remember. The two things that stick out here are: 1) Paxil to treat anxiety (got insomnia from that first night I took it and 2) dr. switched taking it at night and to take Xanax to treat sleepless nights. If the dr. wants me off the Xanax and is tapering me off to half of .125 for 7 days should the paxil start kicking in? It already has in many ways reducing anxiety that I had so bad right before the increase given. I can fall asleep even without the Xanax but then I wake up and take it because I am suppose to. All a process but compared to where I was 1 month ago I am so much better.
Thank you for your support and thoughts.
Thank you so much for the insight and explanation. I understand what you are saying and it makes sense. You have provided more explanation and insight than my own doctors. I have used just answer before for health questions about my pet. This service has been valuable and I have walked away with more of an understanding of the processes involved. For that I thank you. It can be frustrating on this end but with qualified and caring professionals like yourself I am feeling better at the moment. I will update you after I am weaned off the Xanax (next week)). Last dose will be Wednesday night and then I'll see if I can sleep. I will contact the psychiatrist if I still have the insomnia and will be sure to update you and finish our discussion.