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Afraid That Hypnic Jerks Will Kill Me
« on: May 05, 2014, 09:54:03 PM »
I was having severe insomnia a few weeks ago due to anxiety and eventually got over it quite quickly. But then it came back last Thursday and so I started Sertraline on Friday to try and calm my anxiety. I was contemplating taking medication anyway because my anxiety is becoming debilitating.

I know one of the side-effects is insomnia but tonight I have just noticed that every time I drop off to sleep, my body jerks me awake. And it is doing this repeatedly. My anxiety is going through the roof. I tried to remain calm and tell myself it is just a side-effect and may pass or if it don't I'll just discontinue the Sertraline. But I cannot help but panic. I fear that I may never sleep. The hypnic jerks are literally appearing every time I drop off.
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Re: Afraid That Hypnic Jerks Will Kill Me
« Reply #1 on: May 06, 2014, 12:56:56 AM »
When I first started Zoloft, I got hypnic jerks, too. They go away. Just give it time. They can't kill you. I would advise maybe using something to help yourself get sleep if the problem persists too much. I used Benadryl when the insomnia was the worst, but there are a lot of choices.

Perhaps asking your doctor about something like Vistaril could help you. It's calming for anxiety and makes you tired.
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Re: Afraid That Hypnic Jerks Will Kill Me
« Reply #2 on: May 06, 2014, 02:26:24 AM »
They're freaky as hell but totally harmless.  If it's a side effect of the medication it should pass in a few weeks. 
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Re: Afraid That Hypnic Jerks Will Kill Me
« Reply #3 on: May 06, 2014, 03:30:00 AM »
I get them without meds...just when I am highly anxious...have for years.
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