About 10 weeks off Mirtazapine. Experiencing anxiety and insomnia.

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As the topic says I experience broken sleep and anxiety for the last 2-3 weeks.

This is scarily familiar to reasons why I went on Mirtazapine in the first place.

I was on 7.5mg for 2 years, except a failed discontinuation which lasted 3 months a half a year ago.

Jumped off from 3.75 which I took every other day in the end.

Could this still be withdrawal or have the original symptoms come back to bite me?

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    Hi Jeff,

    I took them for 2 years and have now been off for +- 40 days, so a bit less than you. I only took them to improve my sleep.

    Right now, I am sleeping more or less OK (waking up a bit earlier, but still OK). However, I have IBS symptoms I did not have before taking the medication. I did have some IBS before, but the symptoms seem worse now, so I suspect it is still linked to withdrawal. I also read about other people having WD symptoms after 2 months, so I guess it is possible that is it still linked to withdrawal.

    Are the symptoms you have now worse than before taking the medication ?

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    I withdrew a lot slower but end result is my sleep is now back to normal. very poor. It seems to me you either improve your sleep and become a Zombie or live with a bad sleep pattern. I cannot understand why Doctors think that Mirtazapine is any good
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    I would think after 10 weeks off Mirt your insomnia would stabilize and you would resume a more "normal" sleep pattern.  I was taking 7.5 mg of Mirt myself and tapered down to 1.875 before discontinuing.  I experienced insomnia.  I took a benzo at night, which helped.  Now I am on Ambien (5 mg), which has helped me quite a bit.  You may want to consider another sleep aid until your body adjusts to being Mirtazapine-free.  I like Ambien because I don't have any grogginess in the morning whatsoever. 

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