Coming off Mirtazapine cold turkey

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Hi all,

Just wanted to give some positives.  I decided to stop taking Mirtazapine 45mg on Saturday due to some really bad thoughts and thinking that I just cant carry on like I was.  Anyway I feel great, normal again and like my brain is my own again and I know that coming off this drug is a bit hit and miss for a lot of people but I can honestly say I've not felt better for months.  I'm still on venlafaxine and beta blockers so I've got something in my system to help with the depression and anxiety but planning to get off them asap too. I feel like I've been poisoned and maybe I just had a adverse effect to this drug.  I've had no side effects from withdrawal as yet so hears hoping.

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    I said I'd keep you updated.  Well sadly feel poor today, depression, bad thoughts, anxiety, feel like someone is constantly pressing on my skull, shaky and got to pull myself together, act normal and go to work in a bit! I still feel less zombiefied though so that is good. On top of this, as I felt great earlier and completely better, I decided (in my wisdom!) to self discharge from CMHT (I'm not even through the assessment process yet), so feel completely on my own now too. Sometimes I amaze myself at the situations I get myself in to.

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    Another update. Over a week without mirt. Still feel less like a zombie and more alive again so that's a big positive but one minute I boiling hot then next I physically shivering, headachy and stupid bad thoughts are still rolling in regularly. Oh and I don't sleep again but thinking that I rather not sleep than take this s**t again as quite liking feeling alive even though knackered.

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    This is going to be tough but sounds like you are staying positive and doing it for your own reason. Keep focused on that goal of not feeling like a zombie and being alive.

    Most people wouldn't do it in one go like this but I hope you get through it.

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      Thank you for your kind support.  Seen the CPN today (after having to apologise for messing them around last week!) she tried to talk me into taking Mirt again and seeing the Crisis team. No thanks to either, so compromise was having to see pysch drs instead for med review. Explained that I dont want anymore anti depressants or anything, would actually like to be left alone to get over this myself but its pretty hard to get off this ride once you're on it I'm finding! Any tips anyone?

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      I've been in a similar situation before. I've been on and off medication for 8 years, all sorts! I'm currently having mirtrazipine withdrawals which is how I stumbled here. I know how it feels to want to be in control of your mind and life. Whenever I'm not on medication, I exercise a lot, keep myself busy with work, eat way healthier, and try to keep myself socially active so I don't go into isolation mode. Be blessed and good luck!

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      Thank you for your kind words of support Andrea.  Another update: after seeing psych dr sort of forced to go back on Mirtazapine, otherwise they are going to give me anti psychotics, which funnily enough I'm not that keen on taking! Anyway started taking Mirt and I turn into a zombie again with no thoughts, feelings, emotions, etc, did start sleeping again though and so I started taking 30mg every 4 days as then I start to feel vaguely human again when it starts to runs out but sadly this human feeling is also accompanied by depression, anxiety and violent thoughts towards myself.  So last night I took 22.5mg after 3 days to try reduce the horror but maintain the some sense of normality (only I cant really remember what normal is anymore!) Dont want to imagine what the CPN and psych dr are going to say about my regime but I'm ready for battle! You sound like you are keeping very positive and strong coming off Mirt and I hope you do better than me. 

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