Been on Mirtazapine for 3 weeks now and spaced out.

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Hi

I wonder if anyone else is struggling with similar meds as me?

I am already on Seroxat 40mg morning and quetiapene 600mg at night for bipolar and bpd. Due to problems with worsening anxiety and depression I was put on Mirtazapine 15mg three weeks ago and I am struggling with the side effects.

The first two weeks seemed to give me more energy and motivation and now this third week I have been very tired and felt so sluggish and spaced out. I have no energy and no clarity in thinking. I am logging my weight weekly too as I am worried about weight gain.

Is anyone else finding similiar problems?

I don't know whether to give it a few more weeks or contact my psychiatrist.

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    I was constantly fatigued on Mirt and gained 40 pounds (along with other side effects). I was starving myself for the last 2 years so I wouldn't continue to gain weight. But everyone responds differently to the drug. Just be aware it can be difficult for some people to get off of Mirt. I was one of those people and it took me a year to slowly titrate down after a disasterous cold turkey attempt.

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      Hi Kc2325

      Thanks for your reply.

      I've taken the night meds earlier today at 9.30pm and will see if that helps.

      I will try to speak with my psychiatrist on Monday though.

      Its so hard when you are dealing with brain fog to do anything.

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      I understand. Brain fog was one of the worst side effects that never went away for me.
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      Hi I've been on mirtazapine now for 2 weeks sleeping much better. Have been on citalopram for 5yrs which suited me fine from what I've read on here about coming off mirtazapine it's quite scary and wondering if I've done the right thing.

      I felt worse on citalopram with the brain fog seems to me much better now but the lack of sleep does that to you anyway and can affect us in so many negative ways.

      Good luck

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      Hi. Thanks for sharing your experience of being on Mirtazapine. I am trying to stick with it for a few more weeks as it can take upto 2 months for you to adjust to it. I have been keeping a weekly weight log and so far I haven't gained any extra weight after 3 weeks. I am already big enough so I was really worried about additional weight gain. I have been oversleeping this last week due to feeling low and apathetic so I am hoping I can pick up this week. I also am worried about the impact of coming off of Mirtazapine due to the comments on here. However I think if we have only just started it and might need to come off it its gona be easier in the early stages. 

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      Im 10 weeks in and thebrain fog is still lingering. Hence research on these forums. Sleeping like a baby tho. Started on 15mg for sleep and gad but found that i had to cut back to 10mg 2/3 tab in order to be able to function before midday the next day. I welcome the increased appetite. Ive been trying to up my exercise and keep a well stocked fruitbowl to stop me reaching for the biscuits to keep it in check.
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      Oh I see. Yes I might have to ask my Dr about reducing my meds if I continue to struggle the following day.

      I was quite low and slept much more than necessary so last night I didn't sleep at all. I am staying awake until night time to hopefully sort it out.

      Thanks for your replies guys. It makes such a difference getting info on other peoples meds experiences.

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      For last 2-3 days I have become very bloated and swollen around my stomach. It might be PCOS period related but its alot more swelling than normal. Its really quite worrying. I am gona have to ring the doc later.
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      Its a side effect of mirtaz.  I now look like a barrel.  If it was some other reason younwould know.  Mirtaz fat just sits in middle and both me and my friend look shape of barrels yet we eat differently, just too much (both on same med)
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      Hi. Its a little less bloated today and I have PCOS which causes bloating too when due on so will see how I go.

      If I get swollen ankles or other swelling I wiĺl raise it with the dr.

      Feeling a little better today so abit more hopeful mentally.

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