I switched from Solian (amisulparide) to abilify about 5 months ago. Since then I’ve been sleeping less and poor quality, light sleep. It’s starting to get to me. Last night I took 50mg of Seroquel to get to sleep.
Insomnia has triggered bad episodes for me in the past.
The problem is, I really like Abilify, I feel heaps better on it and am active and living life for the first time in years. I’d rather not change back.
What can I do about the insomnia?
I’m on abilify too and sometimes don’t sleep well at night.
Regular excercise helps to tire the body naturally.
And if I find the time to nap during the day, which I always do, I use it. As long as I get enough sleep overall it’s fine when I take it during the day
Thanks, I was on 15mg, just lowered it to 10mg and started taking it in the morning instead of night. This hasn’t helped. I do heaps of exercise.
Not sure if it’s being caused by the abilify or I’m getting unwell. It’s scary.
One alternative is go back but keep abilify.
Other option is sleeping meds.
Have u taken one before?
It was too activating for me as well. I couldn’t tolerate it. It made me anxious, agitated and unable to sleep
Abilify gave me flashing white lines whenever i closed my eyes which made it impossible to sleep
Yes, I’ve taken lots of sleeping meds. They’ve been helping a bit lately, but I prefer not to take them all the time.
My pdoc suggested Melatonin, but so far I haven’t been able to get it here in Aus.
Does Melatonin help?
I take combination melatonin/Mirtazapine/AP.
Melatonin is worth a try.
You can get circadin (which is melatonin 2mg ER) prescribed as a private prescription. Though it costs 40 dollars per pack roughly.
I know this because my pdoc did it for me not long ago. Unfortunately, circadin makes my insomnia worse… I suspect 2mg is TOO MUCH melatonin.
I am also in Australia.
The other option is a compounding pharmacy.