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Okay here goes. I've been reading the threads on this site for many months and have found everyone to be encouraging and knowledgeable but I'm unable to find an answer about long term mirtazapine use and how it helps, rather than it's hundreds of side effects! Please enlighten me...
So quick background (as quick as I can anyway!)
I have been depressed about a year but only addressed it just after Xmas when I found I couldn't cope anymore.
After being stubborn about meds for a couple of months I was prescribed citalopram in March and at first it was amazing. I couldn't believe how happy I was I'd forgotten what that felt like nothing seemed to bother me or get me down it was fab (I've since thought this might have been a 'mania high' side effect I have just hoped not ha!)
Anyway this sustained for a couple months then I crashed and slowly went back downhill to a point where I didn't see the point in taking the pills anymore. I assumed I'd just have my dosage upped (I was on 20mg which I think is low) but the doctor switched me to sertraline 50mg. This was about a month ago.
I was on them for about 2 weeks with no sleep at all, I've never had insomnia like it felt like a zombie all day but too alert to sleep at night. My depressive symptoms didn't seem to subside either but I figured it was early days for that.
I went back to doc on Monday didn't see my regular doc as on leave and I thought maybe I'd get something to help me sleep but she switched me to 15mg mirtazapine instead.
My sleep has improved I'm sleeping through the night which is great and yesterday I was up and about and I went out for a swim and felt good but today I woke from 10 hours sleep still feeling tired, on edge, irritable, slept two more hours then still felt the same had another hour and I've woken up still feeling miserable, groggy, horrible.
I am trying to find an account of someone who's been on mirtazapine a while but can only find people either withdrawing or only on it a few days like me?
Please tell me if it gets better, how it gets better please? All I can find are side effects no good accounts?!
I'm so sick of feeling like this (I'm sure you all relate) I used to be so bubbly and happy and now I'm just boring and miserable. I feel like everyone else is having a life and I'm just sitting in bed day after day. I'm supposed to be going to the races tomorrow and v festival next weekend both things I was looking forward to so much and had do much fun at last year but now they just fill me with dread and fear. I can't keep cancelling on my friends. Most know my situation but I fear people are starting to lose interest and feel like I'm not helping myself and I could just snap out of it but I can't!
Please tell me some good things about mirtazapine .... !! Thank you
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