7,5mg Mirtazapine withdrawal after 8 weeks

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Hi! I was on Mirt 7,5mg for 4 months taken in the evening. For the first month it was great and my sleep and anxiety was in check. Then I started having random adrenaline releases, panic attacks and a feeling of having little emotion - however on the flip side I would sometimes have extreme anger. When people started asking why I had become very quiet, I decided to stop taking Mirt. This was exactly 8 weeks ago. I only tapered at half the dose for one week then stopped completely.

Since stopping the first 2 weeks were great as I had become more alive, but since then I have had all sorts of problems that are random and come on at random times. For example I can feel good for 2-3 days then I have 2 days where I get blood pressure spikes (avg. 140/100), nausea, vertigo/dizziness, tight chest and jaw, random positioned muscle spasms, upset stomach, head pain stabs (lasts less than 3 seconds), feeling of crawling on head and of course anxiety/panic. However, I'm not sure if anxiety is causing the psychosomatic symptoms or the symptoms cause the anxiety. It's a bit of chicken and egg. The strange thing from all of this is that my heart rate does not increase - if anything my heart rate has been lower in the 50-65bmp range, but most likely because I'm sitting around most of the time. Keep in mind I'm unfit with no training for 6 years. Each time I have an episode, I literally feel like I will pass out and die. Again, all pointing to common anxiety/panic symptoms. But you know the physical side feels real. I have randomly been taking 0,5mg of Lorazepam in emergencies, but I'm also clean of this longer term.

My quality of life has diminished rapidly and my doctor has said I should've stayed on this med long term but also denies I could be having side effects. I've lost all trust in my doctor and now trying to go completely natural in my recovery. 12 years fighting anxiety has taken its toll.

Does anyone else relate to my story? I'm kinda at a loose end and feel my only option is to find like minded stories and comfort in a network of real experiences. Thanks!

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    Hi Lee, sounds quite similar to my experience when I cold turkeyed. I Reinstated then went slower. Still having issues now off for 2 months but nowhere near like when I CT and not even sure if it is all mirt related anyway. Are you on facebook? I'm in a private group which is full of people with similar stories and everyone is very supportive...

    • Posted

      that page would be awesome for her I was on for a bit but now I don’t need to worry as I haven’t had any for a very long time but it’s a great group ❤

    • Posted

      Yeah, I went cold turkey faster than I should've but you know I was feeling crap on the meds anyway.

      Yes I'm on FB -- do you want to share the link?

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    i would ask for a referral to see a specialist have you ever been tested for f

    fibromyalgia are you going through menopause I would ask your GP if you could get a referral to see a rheumatologist I know lots of people have really severe with drawls off the drugs I was on it but tapered down slowly

    and had to go on a new one as I was diagnosed with fibro and spondylitis arthritis so now I am on antidepressants called Lovan if your doctor is not taking you seriously please get a second opinion sending you all my love hope you find out what’s wrong keep us posted take care ❤

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      i havent been tested for it. however having left sided weakness for many years, I've often considered it, but I'm also tired out from investigating and always being told it's all in my head. Also no menopause for me, I'm male 😉

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