45mg of mirtazapine.....has anyone got off this.

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Has anyone got of 45mg of mirt ?

I plan to drop 10% every 4 weeks or less if necessary. It could take 2 years.

Just want to know if anyone has got off 45mg without going through hell by doing a slow taper. I have a 2 year old so have to be able to function.

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    I have not got off 45mg but I'm thinking if you trial a 10% to start and everything goes ok, (maybe allowing 2 weeks to start) then whilst tapering from a high end dose you might get away with 12/14% - having said that it's trial to see what your body/mind can tolerate.

    I think once you get below 10mg I would allow no more than 5%/10% until 0.1%. It's a trial & error whilst your brains' neurotransmitters search for homeostatis I'm afraid.   Best wishes.

    Wishing you well .

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      If you went at 10% from 10mg to 0.1 that would take years ? Is that right ?

      9mg, 8.1mg, 7.3mg, 6.6mg, 6mg, 5.4mg, 4.9mg, 4.4mg, 4mg, 3.6mg, 3.3mg, 3mg, 2.7mg, 2.4mg, 2.15mg, 2mg, 1.8mg, 1.6mg, 1.45mg, 1.3mg, 1.15mg, 1mg, 0.9mg, 0.8mg, 0.72mg, 0.65mg, 0 5mg, 0.45mg, 0.4mg, 0.36mg, 0.32mg, 0.29mg, 0.26mg, 0.23mg, 0.2mg, 0.18mg, 0.16mg, 0.14mg, 0.125mg, 0.11mg, 0.1mg then stop.

      If i drop every 4 weeks then it will take 3 to 4 years.....i will get liquid prescribed for that long at all and seems crazy.

      I would be looking at a 5 year taper. Is that right ?

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      It can t take 5 years to taper of 45mg.....mostly the last 10mg. Liquid is expensive the nhs will not pay for that. I know people that have just stopped with few problems....i don t think i will be one of them but 5 years. I have 2 other meds to taper off after.

      I have side effects from the meds i can t spend the next 15 yrs in withdrawals. I feel anxious just thinking about it. If you came of 15mg how long did it take you and what did you do when you got under about 3mg when the drops get silly small. Did it take you 3 ish years ?

      Sorry for all the questions but 5 years !!!! just for the mirt ?

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      Allison was lucky but seems like a lot who go off cold turkey go through hell and end up back on.  I agree with Calmer that you may be able to go a little faster from the higher dose, but test the waters with 10% for 4 weeks and see how that goes. Some can do 10% every 3 weeks, 5% every two weeks, and so on.  If doing larger than 10% cuts I would give it 4 weeks between.

      I am down to 3.5 mg, from 37.5 mg 2 1/2 years ago, but I co-taper venlafaxine.  That is another way to go, doing smaller cuts of two meds at once.  I average 5% each per month.  When you've been polydrugged and want to get off, it's a real drag that it will take so long - we were put in a pickle with the cocktails :-(  If you want to be successful and functional along the way, the slow taper is the way to go.

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      I am also on 150mg of ven.

      So it has taken you 2 1/2 years to go from 37.5 to 3.5mg ? Tapering ven with it.

      Have you felt able to function over that time ?

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      How are you cutting down the ven as you cannot get a liquid. I have the capsules with beads in. Not sure how i would make small drops on that.
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      Hi Sarah/Betsy

      Here is our link for making a liquid, from any AD, Benzo or Z drug.

      Best wishes 

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    I came off 15mg cold turkey after 2  months-it can be done but I had 2mg diazepam and 10mg temazepam to aid me for 3 weeks then I cut them in half for a week then a quarter then off. Just a few flashbacks of anxiety in the few months after. Glad to get off it like I did but not everyone can go cold turkey. Best of luck.
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