Doctor has prescribed Mirtazapine, but very hesitant to take....

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Ive had dreadful sleep for the last month.  Waking every hour or so, but able eventually to get back to sleep.  The anxiety is ramping up as a result, although it could be perimenopause (Im 53)

Took Zopiclone for two weeks, and got solid 5-6 hours each night, and straight back to waking regularly afterwards, even on days when I felt genuinely perky and happy.

Todays doctor has pushed a one month 15mg Mirtazapine prescription my way, and a few zopiclone.  But reading some of the posts here about the trouble some have withdrawing from it and the side effects are putting me off!!

On balance, is it worth starting with this drug?

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    I take 15 mg pill 30 minutes for bed 2 to 3 times per week only. This helps me from getting hooked on it but it still works. Also try melatonin on off days from Mirt it really works.

    Also read horrible withdrawl symptoms if you get hooked on it so the way I view it is don’t use it every day just use it as needed for sleep on a low-dose

    Zquill on occasion works to.

    If I can get to sleep for two or three hours. When I wake up At 3am and take half a dose of zquil liquid to put me back to sleep for the other 3 to 4 hours

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    I’m much the same very hesitant to start any kind of drug particularly AD. I’ve spoken to friends who take them (different to mirt) and they say should try as they may help...I’m thinking of starting mine tonight 
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    I’m 50 and peri menopausal. My anxiety was through the roof, I’d wake in the middle of the night having massive panic attacks. I started Mirt 15mg just over a year ago and in that time I’ve had just one middle of the night attack! I did have vivid dreams for the first couple of weeks but they soon disappeared. I still get anxiety but no where near as bad as I used to. Only thing is they do increase the appetite which for me was good because I never really enjoyed eating and was very underweight. I’ve read lots of things about coming off them but for now I’m not thinking about that, I’m just enjoying having my life back 
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    Hi Ruth - one mans meat is another mans poison. I've been on mirt for 10 years, now at 45mg dose. Weight gain was the only real side effect i experienced, but having been wound tight all my life and rail-thin as a result, the side effect was a happy result. I too have read the horror stories about what people have been through withdrawing, and that does cause some anxiety because i am not a pill person and would like to be free of mirt some day. Best of luck to you whatever you decide.

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    No I don't think it is mirtazapine help to sleep for a short while in my experience anyway I think maybe mirtazapine are cheaper than the others you were talking it's up to you but I personally don't think it's worth it.

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    I’ve held back on the he Mirtazapine!  I’m so worried about it’s side effects and and withdrawal!!!

    Taken a Zopiclone for the last two nights and got 7 hours solid sleep both times!!!  Feeling pretty epic as a result.  

    I’m going to change my lifestyle (no sugar, back to strict clean earing, no meat or dairy, exercise daily, and really avoid all stress) and see how that goes.

    I did have a really stressful month in December with family and finances, and I think that set my sleeping off.  Let’s  see what happens after a week on  Zopiclone...  

    Wishing you all the very best in your efforts to get off this drug and getting your lives back.

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