• Arimidex and insomnia!!

    Asked by DebraC on Sunday, April 19, 2015

    Arimidex and insomnia!!

    It's not bad enough the joint pain keeps me awake, but, the insomnia is getting to be intolerable. What do you do for insomnia?

    24 Answers from the Community

    24 answers
    • lilymadeline's Avatar
      lilymadeline

      I use a couple of benedryl or maybe melatonin up to 20mg, and do your exercises during the daytime never at night! because that will keep you awake.
      You have to exercise daily when on these medications or going through menopause- just the way it is. Good luck and God Bless!!!!! Also Vit D is good.......
      And don’t forget to discuss this with your oncologist Ask lots and lots of questions and ask for alternative medications! XOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXO

      over 4 years ago
    • karla_k's Avatar
      karla_k

      I have the joint pain. Stairs suck. I take lorazapam for sleeping which really helps a lot. I have also gotten blood clots in my calves. Watch out for that.

      over 4 years ago
    • TXHills' Avatar
      TXHills

      Sometimes taking your dose at night can help. Gentle evening yoga or stretching and melatonin are all really good for relaxing into sleep. So are guided meditations, especially for sleep, like some available on YouTube.

      over 4 years ago
    • karen1956's Avatar
      karen1956

      Sleeping pills ..Ambien and Ativan as well as gabapentin helped a little. all the best to you

      over 4 years ago
    • mofields' Avatar
      mofields

      I also take my pill at night before bed. Maybe read or watch some TV. That seems to help for me.

      over 4 years ago
    • JudyW's Avatar
      JudyW

      I would hesitate to take any prescription to sleep....I would be afraid of becoming dependent. Also, I'm a single mom and I have many pets, so I would worry about sleeping through something significant. When I can't sleep, I try snuggling with my dogs first. If that doesn't put me at ease enough, then I'll make some warm milk. My last resort is Tylenol PM, but even that makes me wake up a little groggy (probably because I usually get no more than 5-6 hours of sleep, so it doesn't have the chance to wear off).

      over 4 years ago
    • JudyW's Avatar
      JudyW

      Oh, and I just started taking Qigong. That has helped immensely, with a LOT of things....my ex husband likes to hassle me, and the Qigong has helped with the stress from that as well.

      over 4 years ago
    • Misstwerpylou's Avatar
      Misstwerpylou

      I use Melatonin, but the drops, not the pills. The pills need to go thru your digestive system- the drops under your tongue are much more effective. Helped me a lot.

      over 4 years ago
    • busymom0413's Avatar
      busymom0413

      I take ambien. Had insomnia problem before arimidex. This is the only thing that works for me. Yes you get dependent on it but tried other things and did not work. My dr said not sleeping causes hrtb problems along with other things. I am widowed with teenager and pet at home and it has been ok. I do not get the recommended 8 hrs sleep and I do not feel drowsy in the morning. It has been my life saver. You could try lunesta. My dr likes it better which I took for years but it was not generic and got too pricy. Best of kick to you

      over 4 years ago
    • Bankerpat52's Avatar
      Bankerpat52

      I tried the Melatonin and it didn't work, spent many nights awake from 1-5 or so and up by 7. My sister does Essential Oils and she mixed me up some. Works like a charm.I sleep all night. I might wake up for a minute but now its 9 to 6 sleeping.

      over 4 years ago
    • Tobysmom's Avatar
      Tobysmom

      Get a Sleep Apnea test, you might be having other problems. I did this in Dec.2014, and found I had Sleep Apnea,I got the CPAP, in Jan. I now sleep 8 hr. or more.

      over 4 years ago
    • CAL's Avatar
      CAL

      I did switch my Arimidex to night time and that did help some--decreased the night time hotflashes. Now I get them in the evening--I assume it is as the Arimedex wears off. If you try the Melatonin, see if you can find the sustained release type. I was getting it from my oncologist but when I ran out, I just bought some locally and it wasn't the sustained release. I didn't have trouble going to sleep but I would wake up in the night and not be able to go back to sleep. I finally found some sustained release locally and it does seem to help. I also use audio books at night for white noise--the voice reading it seems to lull my brain--then I go back and actually listen to them during the day or evening when I am cooking or cleaning or walking. (Makes me look like a teenager always connected to earbuds.) It takes a while for me to actually listen to a book from cover to cover so to speak but that's ok since it is the lulling to sleep that I want. If I wake up in the night, I just start the book over. I tried music but it seems to stimulate me more. The chiropractor I went to for acupuncture and cold laser treatments during chemo and radiation said there are white noise versions one can download onto your smart phone and then play continuously. I need to try that as well but for now my system works. I also cover my eyes usually with a warm mask to keep it as dark as possible and that seems to help as well. When I am desperate, I take a 12.5 mg Benadryl capsule, but it makes me feel sluggish in the morning so I don't use it very much. .

      over 4 years ago
    • pixiesmom's Avatar
      pixiesmom

      I couldn't handle the joint pain and insomnia, caused problems with my ability to work. Tried Femara for the first time last night, will have to see how it goes. Keeping hopes up. :)

      over 4 years ago
    • kween15's Avatar
      kween15

      pixiesmom: please keep us updated on the Femara. I too, have switched from arimidex to Femara....insomnia not so bad, while taking in the evening.

      over 4 years ago
    • lujos' Avatar
      lujos

      I'm starting femara soon, so very interested to hear your experiences, ladies!

      over 4 years ago
    • lujos' Avatar
      lujos

      JudyW, is qigong a natural remedy that you take orally? I googled it and it appears to be an exercise program, so am very confused!

      over 4 years ago
    • Nonnie917's Avatar
      Nonnie917

      I too have sleep problems. I have sleep apnea and have to use a C PAP machine. Since I started taking Melatonin 15mg I have been able to sleep with my mask on all night and I really feel like that helps me to sleep better. I also take the generic of Amitriptoline. The doctor increased the dosage to 10mg at night before bed because my fibromyalgia was so bad it was disturbing what little sleep I was getting. I get my Melatonin from Costco and its the kind you put under your tongue and let it dissolve slowly. Within an hour I am tired and have to shut the t.v. off to go to sleep. I don't have any morning after affects from taking either medication so you might want to consider the Melatonin. I also wouldn't be afraid to ask him for a sleep medication that wouldn't be a type that would be addictive. I would go the natural route first though, if you doctor okay's it. Better than taking a drug. Wish I could go natural on all my meds, but that's impossible so I just put up with it.

      over 4 years ago
    • ld_105's Avatar
      ld_105

      Try melatonin in liquid form and use largest dose. Add Advil pm as needed, sometimes one capsule sometimes two.

      over 4 years ago
    • Jesse0218's Avatar
      Jesse0218

      I have sleep problems with the Arimidex too. But, in my case only, I think it's stress related. It was a lot worse when I went through 2 surgeries and the 2nd one got infected under my arm and the lymph drained big time. The visiting nurses had to come in every day for 5 weeks. I really settled down in the 3 weeks between that ending and radiation starting. Now, I'm having problems again but for me, I think they're stress related. Have 4 more radiation treatments to go and I'm done. I am so done with all of this and just want to not have to think about having cancer again. Just want to go forward with my retirement plans, which I'm doing anyway but will be able to do things when I want to again. Hope I'll sleep better once things settle down again.

      over 4 years ago
    • DebraC's Avatar
      DebraC

      Thanks everybody! Good luck to all of us!

      over 4 years ago
    • jem1332's Avatar
      jem1332

      Qigong is non-aerobic exercise program. I do Tai-Chi which is a slow martial arts program and we do Qigong for warm-up and breathing. I love them both. It works all types of muscles as well as help with balance. I also have some sleep issues. I make the room as dark as possible. I am trying not to stay on my laptop late a night. (the light confuses your brain into thinking is daylight so it's harder to sleep).

      over 4 years ago
    • pixiesmom's Avatar
      pixiesmom

      the Femara caused a major brain fog for a good part of the following day. I need to keep my mind sharp for work. I spoke with a couple of pharmacists, and will trying pulsing the Arimidex, 3 weeks on, one week off using DIM (Indole-3-CArbinol) in the interim, it's a natural aromatase inhibitor. Will see how that goes and what my docs have to say to this option.

      over 4 years ago
    • fluteplayer's Avatar
      fluteplayer

      I also found if I take a nap in the afternoon I have more of a problem trying to sleep. I also take my arimidex at night. also have a tv in bedroom and all the good shows are on so another problem

      over 4 years ago
    • Roadrunner's Avatar
      Roadrunner

      I have terrible insomnia right now it is 2:18 AM and I can't sleep so thought I would get on the computer. I do take Ambien and it usually helps, however, I was super busy today and have a lot on my mind for tomorrow. I tried writing everything down in a notebook in the order in which I was going to do it to try to stop my monkey mind, however, still could not sleep. I will not allow myself to nap during the day, I don't drink caffeine, do all the sleep hygiene stuff that I have read in books and some nights just nothing helps. I can usually fall asleep about 7 in the morning and then make myself get up at 1000 so it doesn't happen the next night. Good luck as I know this is so very frustrating.

      over 4 years ago

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