8 years Citalopram 40mg now not working

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Hi there I hope there are some upto date reviews . I suffer badly depression and M.E known chronic fatigue.,,. Anyway I’m 56 and have just found I’m a whirl wind ... going crazy in my head can’t cope with anything feel mad in my eyes head etc episodes of crying all the time ... anyway today broke down to my GP who has given me Mirtrazapine 10mg to start after weaning of citalopram.. I’ve suffered with Anorexia in late teens and begged her not to prescribe any thing that would put on weight ... that is vital to me as I will just get worse anxiety depression etc... all I keep reading is about weight gain I’m

Really anxious and panicking now ... can anybody help me upto date ? 

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    Hi Julia

    I know you say the citalopram was not working but presumably that AD did not make you gain weight.  Unfortunately mirtazapine is a terrible drug for weight gain.  It slows down the metabolism and is given to treat patients with anorexia.  I stopped taking this drug myself as it made me gain weight despite being an active runner and eating a low calorie healthy diet.  Perhaps you should ask for a weight neutral AD.  I'm afraid the doctors know very little about these drugs but the patients posting on this forum will give you an accurate account, as they have been through the side effects and have no reason to make false claims.

    I wish I could be more upbeat but this drug did not work for me

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      That Is so helpful thank you .... my husband felt if I get better sleep then I’ll feel more like being more refreshed and focused.... I am a slimming world girlie!! All my family overweight apart from me so it’s so important I don’t go down that road .... thank u for taking time to reply hope u start to get some normality soon 
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    Hi Julia

    I don’t know what to say apart from I suffer like you with some sort of fatigue syndrome.

    I am currently on 30 mirtazapam and to be honest it made me hungry for a week and that was it.

    I absolutely detest mirtazapam and wish I had never started it as it’s difficult to come off it so I’ve heard. I was on 45mg now 30 mg and struggling like you with depression. I’m sorry that I may of not been much help but I don’t think 10mg will cause you any problems.

    I will always be here for you if you need a chat as depression is a lonely place and with the pain of ME which I had in the past only makes things worse

    Chris 

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    Mirtazapine has caused weight gain for me.....7.5 for 9 months 
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      Thank you for your reply Marion

      im seriously thinking about this Seriously now 

      I had such a long appointment today as well but only had couple with this gp

      Ive called her back to see what my options are now 

      thanks again Marion 

      hope your managing ok 

       

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      Hi Julia, I’ve just stopped mirtazapine. Was on it for 14 weeks for anxiety. Started on 15mg then increased to 30mg. Wonderful tablet to help me sleep but made me feel tired all the time. Was sleeping 10 hours at night and still having to sleep during the day. Decided this isn’t a life, I have MS and I struggle with tired anyway some days but this was making me worse. I’ve been off it now for 11 days and I’m still feeling tired, must be the tablets still in my system. Certainly wasn’t the best antidepressant for me and I won’t be taking it again. 
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      Oh I’m sorry to hear that.... MS is debilitating enough.... thank you for replying I’ve now taken the action called my GP as on well known medical website apparently this is one of the most common side affects for this

       particular Anti depressants 

      Thank you again 

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