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Offline Mindless

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« on: October 16, 2019, 10:41:01 am »
My insomnia worsened during the last few months. Usually the problem involves waking up very early (after 4/5 hours of sleep) and not being able to fall asleep again. Although sometimes I find it difficult to fall asleep all together.

My depressed mood and anxiety worsened as well but Iím not sure if thatís a cause or a consequence of the insomnia.

Iím on Complera since 1.5 years now and read that it can cause insomnia. Nevertheless it appeared (worsened) in the last few months.

I was wondering if Complera may be linked. Anyone with similar experiences?

By the way, a psychiatrist prescribed Trazodone (for sleep) and Wellbutrin (depression): I had to quit Trazodone after a few days as I was waking up in the middle of the night with my heart rushing. After a couple of these episodes I quit it. I also read somewhere that Trazodone and Rilpivirine may interact in some cases and give heart symptoms.


Offline daveR

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Re: Insomnia
« Reply #1 on: October 16, 2019, 11:08:47 am »
Hi Mindless,
I am also on Complera and have the same sleeping issues. Between 3 to 5 hours maximum. My Dr denies emphatically that it has anything to do with Complera but I am not sure.

Drugs.com flags Trazodone and Rilpivirine as a moderate interaction. As you said, irregular heart rhythm could be an issue in some people.


Offline Mindless

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Re: Insomnia
« Reply #2 on: October 21, 2019, 01:04:53 pm »
Hi Dave,

thanks for the feedback. As I said, I had to quit the Trazodone. Not sure what to do now as the insomnia continues and I will have start working again after a brief holiday. I have to meet the psychiatrist again beginning of next month but honestly I don't have much expectations.

You said your Dr. denies insomnia is from Complera but are there other possible causes in your case? Are you depressed or anxious?

Offline daveR

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Re: Insomnia
« Reply #3 on: October 21, 2019, 04:36:43 pm »
No I take no other medication. I do not suffer from depression. I live a relatively healthy life and exercise irregularly. The insomnia was not there in the beginning but I would say the past 18 months it has been getting worse.

Offline harleymc

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Re: Insomnia
« Reply #4 on: October 21, 2019, 05:02:18 pm »
Insomnia is annoying. I had it for years. It was gone by the time I started Complete and didn't come back.

Combinations of mindfulness, sleep hygiene and acceptance therapy knocked it on its head.
Good luck

Offline Mindless

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Re: Insomnia
« Reply #5 on: October 23, 2019, 08:44:32 am »
Actually it's started to affect me quite heavily, especially the mood, energy level and performance at work: unfortunately don't have good relations with coworkers, so I feel every decrease in my efficiency or reduced activity is used against me.

I will meet the psychiatrist again in a few weeks but I checked the main meds used for insomnia for interactions and it seems like all of them are incompatible with Complera. So, I don't have much expectations on that side.

I feel I'm in a dark place: health, work and relationships. Not sure what to do now.



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