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I began taking 30mg of mirtazapine back in March after a bout of bad postpartum anxiety. I believe it was given to me because I reacted poorly to SSRIs and sleep was one of my main "issues." Prior to this roughy 3-4 week stint of bad anxiety/poor sleep, I was a champion sleeper & never struggled with it.
I don't believe the mirt was doing much for me for the last 8 months outside of maybe taking away my sleep "anxiety" because I knew it was helping me sleep. This wasn't a crutch I wanted long-term, though, and I was also experiencing other strange issues that were new to me like extremely dry patches on my skin, food allergies I'd never had before, periods of being extremely tired, very low days (I don't believe I was "depressed" when put on the meds, just struggling to control my thoughts), and dizziness/brain fog. I believe I did more for myself through therapy, meditation, lifestyle, etc, but continued taking the meds waiting for this magic "lightbulb" moment where everything was magically perfect (lol).
Long story long, I've been tapering off for about a month now & 5 days ago I took my last crumb of a pill. In those 5 days, I've felt totally normal, and then I'll have an anxious day with bad sleep (3-4 hours), and then a decent day (but continue to be worried about sleep). In terms of physical side effects, I haven't noticed much outside of a lower appetite, perhaps a mild headache for a day or so, and that's about it. My sleep issues seem to stem from adrenaline surges that happen right as I am about to drift off.
So because there are so many GD horror stories about stopping this med online, I'd love to hear from anyone who had some acute withdrawal symptoms that resolved relatively uneventfully. Because I've read so much (my own fault, I know), I tend to default to waiting for the "bottom to drop out" or feeling as though I've set myself up for months of misery even though I tapered the way my therapist & multiple pharmacists suggested. I haven't really had any major issues up until this point.
If you've made it this far, thanks for reading. I appreciate you.
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