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Marplan and Insomnia

Clinical studies involving Marplan and insomnia showed that up to 6 percent of people taking Marplan reported insomnia as a side effect of the medication. If you experience insomnia while taking Marplan, try following good sleep habits, such as avoiding exercise within two hours of bedtime, and not napping later than 3 p.m. If improving your sleep habits does not help, your healthcare provider may adjust your Marplan dosage or recommend another antidepressant.

Marplan and Insomnia: An Introduction

Insomnia is a possible side effect of Marplan® (isocarboxazid). Clinical studies have shown that up to 6 percent of people taking Marplan reported insomnia, compared to 4 percent of those not taking Marplan.

What Is Insomnia?

People with insomnia have one or more of the following symptoms:
  • Difficulty falling asleep
  • Waking up often during the night and having trouble going back to sleep
  • Waking up too early in the morning
  • Unrefreshing sleep.

Marplan and Insomnia: Suggestions

Some people taking Marplan find that improving their sleep habits can be an effective insomnia cure. Some tips for better sleep include:
  • Keeping a regular sleep-wake cycle. Try to go to bed and wake up at the same time every day.
  • Avoiding caffeine, alcohol, and nicotine in the four to six hours before bedtime.
  • Refraining from exercise within two hours of bedtime. Exercising five or six hours before bedtime may help you sleep more soundly.
  • Avoiding large meals within two hours of bedtime.
  • Refraining from taking a nap later than 3 p.m.
  • Sleeping in a dark, quiet room at a comfortable temperature.
  • Doing a quiet activity somewhere else if you can't fall asleep within 20 minutes and returning to bed when you're sleepy.
  • Winding down in the 30 minutes before bedtime with a relaxing pre-sleep ritual, such as a warm bath, soft music, or reading.
(Click Good Sleep Habits for more suggestions.)
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