Posted by: | 2019/08/17


taking medication before sleeping

Hello, I have some mental health isssus, and my doctor prescribed me 2 medications Zyprexa 10 mg in the morning and Leponex 25 mg before sleep The problem with this is that I am not alert and energetic enough during the day because of drugs so I have been thinking to take both drugs before sleep or take zyprexa 2-3 hours before bed and leponex immediately befroe bed. I will talk to my doctor but I would like to also hear your opinion Thank you!

Expert's Reply


Depression expert
- 2019/08/19

Yes, talking about this to your doctor is important, as a good answer depends on such factors as the precise diagnosis and why these specific drugs have been chosen, and what effects are desired from them.  Zyprexa is a trade name for the drug Olanzepine, which is used in the treatment of schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders, and also in bipolar depression.  Leponex is a trade name for the drug Clozapine, also used in treating psychotic disorders.
Both these drugs can be sedative ; useful if one has insomnia among one's problems, but it can be a nuisance during the day when one wants to be alert.  I don't see any obvious reason why not to take both meds at night, but maybe your doctor does have a relevant concern in mind. 
You haven't mentioned how long you have been taking these meds : with many meds, side effects like sedation are most noticeable in the first weeks, before one's body adjusts to their presence, and may then become less troublesome.
There may be alternatives he could consider, but this would also depend on which of these, if any, you may have tried before.

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