2 weeks off of Mirtazapine

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No weight loss (gained 3 stone) Imsomnia and anxiety. Feeling very much like I did before starting Mirt. Will this pass or should I go back on them and deal with the nasty side effects of weight. At least I used to sleep. Now I just dread going to bed knowing 3-4 hrs is all I will get. Any advise would be appreciated please.

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    Your sleep may take time to adjust. You might want to try an over the counter product that is not addictive  to help you out.

    May I ask HOW you came off the mirt?

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    Hi Lorraine, 

    I think generally the side effects will get better eventually, like insomnia and possibly anxiety

    Though if you are still feeling like "before" and you still have issues with Depression, I can only tell you what I learned this week:

    There is a new medication that's called Trintellix. It's chemically very similar to mirtazapine, has apparently the same effects, but without the weight gain

    Maybe this would be a solution for you? Ask your doctor and have him/her research the medication and if it's available where you live. It has just been released for sale in Canada.

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    Hi Lorraine, sorry to hear you're feeling like this, did you stop taking them on docs advice? I completely understand where you're coming from re The weight gain as it turned into a big issue for me, could you talk to doc about trying something else that'll help with insomnia & anxiety as you're still feeling like you did, I did this & was given sleeping tablets for 4wks to help get back into a sleeping pattern & so far so good, my other AD was upped to compensate for mood & anxiety etc, I hope this was of some help, wishing you well x
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    Hi Lorraine. I tried to get off mirtazapine due to the weight gain. It is a great AD for me, especially for my sleeping, but the weight gain was intollerable. I failed in getting off them because of the withdrawals (terrible nausea and insomnia) so I decided 'better happier and fatter than miserable and an insomniac. Then after Christmas this year, I decided I would try to lose the weight. It was not easy, but it DID come off. I have had a couple of plateaus where I have gained again slightly or not lost anything for a few weeks despite my diet, but each time I changed something such as increasing my exercise or reducing my calories (as the lighter you get, the fewer calories you need), and now it is flying off again. I am now slim again and only want to lose another half a stone, and feel very confident I will do it. Some one else on here managed to lose 4 stone whilst on mirtazapine. It IS possible, but not without cutting your food intake and upping your exercise.
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