Coming off Mirtazapine

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I am coming off of Mirtazapine as of tonight after 5 weeks

Dr says just to stop as was not right drug for me. Should I expect withdrawal symptoms ? How long will they last ?

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    Not quite sure what to advise you. It depends what the drug has been doing for you, and whether the doc has given you another drug instead. My personal experience is that I had bad withdrawal symptoms, so bad that I had to go back on the mirtazapine. BUT I had been on it for 6 years plus, and it had been very effective in treating my depression, so I had no pressing reason to reduce or withdraw, just a wish to "move on". So I wouldn't want to put you off with scare stories. All I can suggest is that you keep in touch with your doctor and go back to him/her if you have problems. I wish you well.
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    Hi Katherine, hope you are well, there's not a lot I can sAy really, I have been put on this drug after coming off Veneaxin, I'm not sure they are doing anything for me either, I know doctors say they need awhile to get into the system but sometimes as an individual you can tell. My sleep is all over the place as it is I have CFS and fIBROMYALGIA, and PITURITY DISEASE.. I took them for five days but they haven't done anything for me at all.. Hope you get sorted
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    Hi Katherine,

    The general agreement from those on this forum who have successfully or unsuccessfully wd from Mirt' - is that GP's do not necessarily have the best advise, and also, after 5 weeks some wd is to be expected.

    Why not play it safe and be your own best friend, withdraw at a slow pace (there are guidelines from CITA).  Be aware that wd symptoms kick in fully between 2 to 3 weeks, therefore don't count your blessing too soon.  In my humble opinion, double check with your doc that it is ok to take both for a short period and wean slowly - don't go down as low as 50% but rahter 10/20% and stay there for 2/3 weeks and if ok (not too anx'd or tummy upsets do the same again and keep going until all clear.  

    Hope this helps.

    Wishing you well.


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