Cold turkey experience...

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So I stopped my 45 mg mirtazapine early January cold turkey just giving you all an update on how things are going.

When I stopped I was constantly itching my skin and could not stand being touched my my other half on my legs or arms, that is now starting to ease of a bit now but was a real problem I had to cover myself in calomine lotion.

When I first stopped my insomnia was terrible I was having such a lack of sleep I began hallucinating and getting 5 or less hours sleep a night. I am now just over 2 month of this drug and back to a normal (natural) sleep with the help of magnesium. Some nights if my anxiety is high it can be quite hard to get to sleep.

However every morning I am trying to get a bit more sleep my stomach starts cramping really bad and have diarerrah (sorry tmi) and I have to get to the toilet as the pain is unbearable. Is this a WS? Thanks all 😊

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    Could you tell me how the Magnesium helps please and what dose and time of day.

    thank you

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    I am taking a multi vitamin in the morning as well as a fish oil capsule. And when I would usually take my mirtazapine about 8pm I take a 375mg magnesium. Partly because I have got so used to taking tablets for 4 years before bed it helps with the anxiety of the habit before bed, I know call my vitamins my meds. I know my body has been working so hard to stabilise without mirtazapine it just needs some help to heal. All the best 💜
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    Hi Tyler

    The itching is/was because Mirtazapine has a huge histamine block (anti histamine) and when you take this away your body goes into overdrive with the itching, Piriton (non drowsy) would help this greatly.  

    The insomnia sounds horrific, such a cruel wd symptom, glad to hear the Magnesium is helping, some have said to take this mornings as it may keep youu awake at night?  Do you find this, I'm not sure.  Some swear by the Mag oil applied under the arms which goes directly where you need it.

    Also, Phenergen is useful to aid sleep if you have anxiety, maybe not every night but every other or less.  It is over the counter so easy to access.

    The cramping & upset tum is a bad ws as you say, I think this hits hard with CT.  

    Sounds like you are coming back to life after the Mirt', I hope the cramps and sleep ease for you, well done for getting this far, such a difficult way to get off Mirt, but I suppose you felt this was the best way for you.

    Wishing you well.


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    Hello Tyler,

    please i need to talk to you about ur experience plz i havent stopped cryjng and ur experience is similar to my son he is only 17 years of age was prescribed this medicine by a local GP and my boy has been on it 1 and half years and made him isolated and lifeless always in room alone with no appetite .. his birthday is on 9 may he decided to come off it cold turkey as i wasnt aware the isolation was due to the med plz help by answering coz he is suffering and dunno what to do to help him he is having bad vertigo stomach crippling pain insomnia headaches zaps

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