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Sleep Paralysis Changes with Medications
I have experienced sleep paralysis since I was about 15 years old. I would sometimes get it once a week. When I turned 18, I started to take Zoloft the SSRI for my generalized anxiety disorder. I noticed that the sleep paralysis completely stopped after being on the Zoloft. I am currently 24 and am still taking the medicine. HOWEVER, if I skip one day of taking the medicine (or two if I am very forgetful), the sleep paralysis often comes back. Just yesterday I forgot to take it (the first time in a few months) and last night I had an episode of sleep paralysis!

I read on one site that lower levels of serotonin in your brain may cause sleep paralysis and since SSRI drugs help to raise your level of serotonin, I am thinking that this may be why. However, my doctor does not think much of this and doesn't seem to believe me.

I was just wondering if anyone else notices any changes with their sleep paralysis because of medication?

Let me know. Thanks!
I haven't, but want to bump this thread up a bit..some good points! I, too, wonder if anyone who has suffered from this regularly noticed a difference if medications were introduced.
“Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away.” ~Philip K. Dick

While in many cases medicine is evolving, its application is not. I am not saying that some people do not need man made(synthetic) medicine but there is alot more in nature that is far better for us.
There is also the fact that most of these "medicines" are being jammed down young throats without any thought of long term effects. And Im not talking in abstract.
As a child I was put on medication that caused me many symptoms, the worst: Panic Attacks, Clinical Depression, High Blood Pressure, Moodswings, Weight Gain from messing up my metabolism, and what they left me with? SEVER withdrawal. A day without medication I couldn't function. None of which I suffer from now without them.
My problem? ADHD
Today I am stable. I make my bills ontime, I have a car and house I maintain. I work 2 jobs, I might not have many friends but its quality. And I spend alot of time/effort on good causes. What's left I spend crafting, reading, and I will be busy soon expanding my garden next plot in is going to be 4x8 I think(still musing). All without "medication" the past 17 years(time on meds age 7 to age 14).
"Studies Show...Intelligent girls are more depressed, because they know what the world is really like.....She knows in society she's either a Devil or an Angel with no in between. She speaks in the third person, so that she can forget that she's me." ~Emily Autumn
By the age of 3, I was quite the accomplished 'spider monkey'. I couldn't be on the floor. I had to be up. My favorite place in the house was on top of the refrigerator. We got kicked out of the landrymat because I keep walking on all the washer machines. My poor Mother was at her wits ends. Mind you this was back in 74' and the doctors cure-all was Ritalin. My first and only dose caused me to be a Zombie with drool hanging out of my mouth. It scared my Mom. She'd rather have the 'spider monkey'. It scared me too. I willed myself to stop wanting to be up and walk on the ground like everybody else. I didn't give up my fridge spot though. I just didn't go there in front of company.
Thanks scarygirl67. Wait so fair_luminary and itheblaze, did you notice any changes in your sleep paralysis when you were taking medication?
Does anyone else have any experiences with medications bettering or even worsening their sleep paralysis?
I found 2 things for you. Zoloft Forums-Meds Chat and Zoloft users-Anxiety Message Board. Where just regular people who take Zoloft and their reactions. Very interesting. One person got on Zoloft and suddenly craved alcohol. Anyway, I thought you could throw sleep paralysis out on the board. You might get some answers.
I feel you missed my point....
I am not a depressed person, the medicine they put me on made me depressed as well as many other severe side effects....
My point is the cure is often worse then the problem.
What sleep paralysis I have experienced is infrequent, I do not have it every night. Honestly its only a few times a year and at most under a dozen(bakers excluded).

If you are having constant sleep paralysis, there is a reason for it. Find it by talking to doctors about a sleep study. It maybe scary but it exists for a reason, disabling your body from moving too much while you sleep. Getting rid of it can be a pretty bad thing, that's why some sleep(and other) medications cause sleep walking.

At the end of it science really doesn't know alot about the brain and most those medicines I swear work on chaos theory(predictable to a certain point, then everything goes random).
"Studies Show...Intelligent girls are more depressed, because they know what the world is really like.....She knows in society she's either a Devil or an Angel with no in between. She speaks in the third person, so that she can forget that she's me." ~Emily Autumn
I had it twice and both times was when I slept in an area with high emf. So anything that can effect the chemical balance in your head can cause it.
Lack of sleep, Sleep schedule that changes, Mental conditions such as stress or bipolar disorder, Sleeping on the back, stress
Other sleep problems such as narcolepsy or nighttime leg cramps
Use of certain medications, such as those for ADHD
Substance abuse

If you experience it regularly then seek out a sleep study as it may turn up a more serious issue.
Belief bias occurs when we make illogical conclusions in order to confirm our preexisting beliefs. Belief perseverance refers to our tendency to maintain a belief even after the evidence we used to form the belief is contradicted.

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