Getting ready to wean off Mirtazapine via CITA medthod. Any supplements or vitamins to help?

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I am trying to be as prepared as possible to come off this drug. Have tried 2 other times unsuccessfully and am now ready to try the CITA method. Are there any supplements or vitamins that may help the withdrawal process? I have been on 7.5 for about 4 years. I also am on ativan (1mg 3x day) and want to get off them next.

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    Forgot to add that I am also on Lunesta (eszopiclone), which looks like the Z drugs you talk about. I am in quite a pickle!!!! Also want to get off of that!! My current symptoms are lethargy, low grade nausea, fatigue, and a bit of depersonalization. I am pretty certain it is the combo of these drugs. And NONE are easy to get off of. I am 63 years old and feel like 93. I can't imaging what WD will bring.
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    Hi Kathy,

    I'm on 7.5mg too and also tried to come off it twice so I'm with you here! Cod liver oil and magnesium citrate were on my list and I believe they helped, although I stopped abruptly which is always the worst idea. Please keep us posted how're doing. Emanuel on this forum was trying the cita protocol but he's not posted in a long time, I wonder how he got on. Good luck! 

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      Yes, I plan on using the magnesium citrate oil that you rub on your skin for absorbtion, since I have a bowel problem taking magnesium tablets. I cannot take cod liver oil, as I have MS and the Vit. A in cod liver oil is too high for me. I think I read that lots of fish oil helps, though, so I plan on fish oil supplements along with tuna in a can. Can't stand salmon..lol Thanks for the reply!!
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    Hi Kathy I tried taking ambien but it didn't wok for sleep. So I'm kinda glad I didn't stay with it. Leave the adivan an and lunesta for last . I think you'll be fine. Just remeber to get the anti nausea, it works.

     

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      Lunesta has been a life saver for me. Hasn't pooped out for the amount of years I've taken it, but I see it's another nasty to get off of. With the ativan, I don't know. I think it's been making me sicker for the past few months. It's so hard to tell which one is doing what, ya know?
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    Hi Kathy, 

    When I came of Mirt, I supplemented with magnesium oil spray, oral vit D3 spray, chromium( I read that chromium is depleted by Mirt) omega 3 krill oil, L.tryptophan and B vitamins. I would consider a good quality calcium plus vit k too. I just researched what vitamins and minerals Mirt depletes and took it from there. The magnesium is fantastic, does need balancing with calcium/vit k. 

    Good luck. 

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      Yes, I have the spray. Haven't been using it and it expired. I am ordering some more tomorrow. I take D3, omega 3. L tryptophan scares me a bit, because one of the side effects can be nausea, and I have enough of that right now!!!. How much chromium do you take? I am also ordering a B complex. Should I get a Super B, or keep it at a regular dose? And how much calcium do you take? I have to be careful with that, too. Already take vit. k with the d3.

      Thanks for replying. I greatly appreciate any and all help and hope someone comes along who has come out the other side and is doing well!!! How did YOU come off of it?

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      Hi Kathy, 

      Sorry for late reply. I would recommend you look at the Patrick Holford website (optimum health) he gives advice on optimum levels of vitamins. It does require some research.  The B vits I take are a Homocysteine Modulator blend by Solgar.

      I also eat lots of mackerel and salmon and avocados, anything considered to be brain food. 

      I came off Mirt cold turkey, I was on 45mg, I staggered my dies over a week or so but essentially I just stopped dead. It was a rash decision really, the withdrawal was horrendous. I still suffer insomnia almost 6 later.  I will never take a medication like Mirt again. Thankfully the magnesium and vit d3 are maintaining my mood, I don't know how but they are.  Good luck. 

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    I got taken off 45 mg and the following day was put on a low dose of Trasadone, which after 3 weeks was abandoned due tos,side effects, then put back on Mirtazapine,!  Now also on Sertraline, two weeks ago as Mirtazapine is a sedative antidepressant, whereas the other s the same family as fluoxetine which is supposed to "pep you up".  The Mirtazapine has had no effect on the constant panic attacks and palpitations and so I'm on 2 x 40 mg propanol to  slow m heart rate.   I don't get going till late evening when I feel normal then tt's back to depression and lethargy again the next day.

    hope 2015 is a better year for all of us.

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