Coming off mirtazepine because of weight gain

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Hi all,

I have been on mirtazepine (15mg for 3 months, 30mg for 1) and can’t take it anymore. I was extremely underweight when I started taking it and it helped me get to a normal weight, but i suffer from EDNOS and I’m now 9st (im 5’4) and its making me really anxious. I have had a lot of issues with suicidal ideation on this drug (i took 2 overdoses in December) and can’t stand it anymore. I have stopped cold turkey (I’m usually good at quitting things and dealing with side effects) but don’t know what to try next which will keep my weight stable. Also, I was diagnosed with BPD last week and they want to put me on mood stabilisers but I have read that they make you gain weight too. I’m feeling so anxious and lost and hopeless at the whole situation. I saw a dietician on Tuesday and she said not to put on more weight which has made me obsess over food again. I feel awful so any advice would be great. 

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Rachel

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    rachael were you suicidal b4 the mirt? Were you anxious and depressed before you started it or was it purely to increase your weight? Were u underweight due to u restricting ur calories or because of anxiety and depression? Lots of questions but it’ll help me understand an answer you  

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      Hi, I wasn’t suicidal prior to taking mirtazepine and my weight was mainly due to really severe anxiety, feeling sick a lot. 

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    U really need to get off these tablets I've been on them over a month 30 mg last night I never took 1 had a gd sleep and feel OK today other than a bit of cold symptoms try and cut down I was 13 stone when I started and I haven't weighed myself but defo put on I can't afford to be any heavier

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    Id advise u not to stop mirt cold turkey as that may make things worse but i def think u need either to contact you psychiatrist or community crisis mental health team or ur gp im not sure where you are but in uk thats who id contact you need to tell them abt the suicidal thoughts and just because ur thinking it doesnt mean u will do it.  It maybe u can stay on a low dose or higher dose as mirt side effects sleeping eating are higher in lower dose weird huh i know and add in a mood stabliser or other anti depressant? Is mirt the only one u have tried? 

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      The crisis team in my area have been absolutely awful to me and my family. I would literally rather die than speak to them. Going to call my GP tomorrow x
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