I cant sleep at all.after chemo treatments. Help!

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anonymous

Learning About Breast Cancer about 2 years ago
  • anonymous
    Survivor since 2011

    It may be the steroids if you've had to take them. I had trouble after the first dose but i adjusted after that. See if the doc can prescribe you some ativan or something like that which is for anxiety but will certainly help you sleep too.

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    • anonymous
      Survivor since 2012

      I also had some trouble sleeping (after my initial 5-hour "chemo coma" nap). I was told it was because of the steroids. The pain medication I took helped me sleep, too. As Erin says, you should as your doc for something to help you sleep. ...

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      I also had some trouble sleeping (after my initial 5-hour "chemo coma" nap). I was told it was because of the steroids. The pain medication I took helped me sleep, too. As Erin says, you should as your doc for something to help you sleep. Insomnia is the last thing you need right now!

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    • anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      Also, my oncologist lowered the dosage of the steroids I took after my chemo. So if he had me taking one full one each day for two days, he allowed me to lower it to 1/2 a pill which also helped the tossing and turning and sweating I had...

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      Also, my oncologist lowered the dosage of the steroids I took after my chemo. So if he had me taking one full one each day for two days, he allowed me to lower it to 1/2 a pill which also helped the tossing and turning and sweating I had following the first treatment. Definitely tell the docs. They'll help you adjust!

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  • anonymous
    Survivor since 2010

    Me either.i was up for hours. My doc gave me Xanax and it helped a little. Usually a week after my treatment I slept better.

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  • anonymous
    Survivor since 2009

    Hello Cindy. I couldn't sleep after chemo either. I experienced severe hot flashes, restlessness. The restlessness was so severe I could not hardly keep my legs and feet still. It was terrible. I asked my doc. He put me on citalopram for the hot flashes and lyrica for the restlessness. I couldnt take the lyrica as I had a side effect from it, but the citalopram ended up helping both of my problems. He also prescribed a muscle relaxer, but I didn't have to use it much as the citalopram worked. Please consult your doc and team. They will be able to figure out something to help. Good luck.

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  • anonymous
    Survivor since 2011

    Ambien 10 mg helped me.

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  • anonymous
    Patient

    I agree above w/the steroids, as i too had a hard time sleeping after chemo. As far as the restless legs, my nurses would do a "slower" drip of my benedryl which helped.

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  • anonymous
    Stage 1 Patient

    I had the same problem. I used over the counter Tylenol pm. Worked like a charm for me!

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  • anonymous
    Stage 2B Patient

    Probably the steroids and that's why you feel better after a week because they have worn off. Good luck to you.

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  • anonymous
    Stage 2A Patient

    I had the same problem. My onc told me to just take the steroids in the morning which helped some (check with your oncologist). He also prescribed me trazadone 50 mg to take at night as needed to help me sleep ( I didn't want ambien as its addictive and has side effects...) good luck!

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    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer

    Tonic water with quinine (yellow label) is a muscle relaxer.

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  • anonymous
    Survivor since 2012

    Is it safe to take melatonin along with chemo? If so, it works really great & it's natural.

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  • anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer

    I too had trouble sleeping because of the steroids. My oncol cut the dose from 20 to 10 then to 5. I take an ambien and Ativan and sleep soundly.

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