Can anyone who has come off mirt completely please share his/her experience? Need help

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Hi,

I've been off mirt for 5 days.

I did everything by the book - 1.5 years to come off Anafranil and mirt. Things weren't so bad but now I'm in extreme anxiety, perhaps panic. I don't understand if this is a withdrawal symptom or back to being anxious again - although I don't remember being so anxious before taking meds.

Can anyone who has passed this stage share his/her experience? Really need help! I took a spoonful of inositol a half an hour ago and almost still the same.

Has anyone been at this situation and eventually exerienced the anxiety/panic decreased? Really need some hope here. I have two little children and work full time. Can't afford to lose my mind.

Thanks

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    Hello, I have been off mirtazapine now for 10 days however I stopped cold turkey after being on 45 mg for two years.

    I am feeling so much better only had two hiccups which I have had to work through. Someone on here suggested to me to take omega 3 supplements and magnesium which I take daily along with keeping busy and trying not to dwell on things which can be very hard but I am pushing through it.

    Keep your head up and focus on getting better pain Is only temporary.

    I also have children too but use them to help you get though it as they male me smile and proud to be a mam they also keep me very busy ūüėä

    Good luck wish you all the best keep us updated xx

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      Thanks Tyler,

      ‚ÄčThanks for the encouragement!

      Again - my main question is - is it reall temporary? If someone told me for sure that I need to suffer for a month and then get better then I'd be able to cope with it. But who knows if being so anxious is not just going back to the old me before medications (about 15 years ago...)? Let's face it - there was a reason why I started taking medication in the first place. I am really having trouble understanding if this current anxiety/panic is a withdrawal symptom, back to the "natural" me or both.

      About Magnesium - what do you take/suggest? I have Magnesium Citrate 200mg at home. Is that good?

      ‚ÄčThanks!

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      I have rerad that the Magnesium Citrate can upset your tum, so be careful, I think you can get a combo of all 3 Magnesiums, look for the 'viridian' it's 300 mg daily ( 100 mg is the cap !! - that's what I was recommended.

      Best wishes

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    Hi Violet, what was your last dosage of mirtazapine? I came off 15mg of mirtazapine a couple of years ago (from 30mg) and it was pure hell. I was forced to go back on it after ten days. I have been tapering off it again much more slowly over the past few months and tried to stop at only 1.8mg but again, I was hit by terrible withdrawals and had to reinstate. I now have made up my own liquid and am dropping 0.1mg every two days. I am down to 0.5mg now so ten more days before I am off it completely again. I am doing really well and do not have any WD symptoms with this method. Mirtazapine is a very strong drug and even coming off a very small dose of it is often too much to bear. You need to go very slowly.
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      Hi evergreen,

      Nice to hear from you again :-)

      My last dose was about 1ml, but from 7.5ml I went pretty fast, compared to the 1.5 years altogether...I was just feeling really bad, a real zombie, not nice to people (including my family) and just had to push forward. I didn't have any clear withdrawal symptoms so I thought I could push forward.

      Three days after being off it completely, I feel very anxious, perhaps even panic. I need to take a spoonful of inositol and some L-theanine about three times a day to cope with it. As I wrote, I don't know if this is a withdrawal symptom (because I didn't have that many of them until now) or going back to the anxious me without medication to cope with it. My gut feeling is that I am a different person today and shouldn't be so chronically anxious so I'm hoping this is partially at least, due to withdrawal. I also have a very upset stomach, am irritable, restless, severely impatient, and I've read these are also some withdrawal symptoms. The thing is, if this is not a withdrawal symptom (the anxiety), I may have to go back to some kind of treatment and I really don't want that. After 15 years of being """""stable""""" I want to start living again - with the good and the bad :-) But the last two days have been unbareable.

      I read before that you take inositol (as I recall). Any idea how high I could go on this or should I go on this?

      Thanks!

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      There is no upper limit for inositol, although if you have too much it just gives you the runs. I take around two heaped teaspoons a day. If I were you, I woulld reinstate just half a mg of mirt and then reduce by 0.1mg every few days.
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      There is no upper limit for inositol, although if you have too much it just gives you the runs. I take around two heaped teaspoons a day. If I were you, I woulld reinstate just half a mg of mirt and then reduce by 0.1mg every few days.
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      Have to agree with Evergreen, I would reinstate at your last dose (do you mean 1 mg not 1 ml as there is a big difference with the liquid??).

      I know you said the fatigue and drowsyness was hard but maybe, possibly better than the anx' ?  Some get instant relief if they get back to it early enough, a week or two out and it gets harder to step up again.

      x

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