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I just hope this helps in some way. After consultation with my GP, 7 days ago, I decided to fast taper from Mirtazapine 30mg, After careful consideration, I had become convinced that the Mirt was having a major sedative effect.
Bear in mind I do take 60mg Cymbalta and over the last 2 years I've had 2 years CBT, turned my social well being around, achieved a tertiary qualification and changed my career to something I actually enjoy, eliminated bad relationships, I exercise and have built good structure into my life. In short, I've done a lot of hard work to ensure that there no reasons left (other than the possibility of a chemical imbalance) to continue with AD's.
7 days ago I cut my Mirt down to 15mg, the physical withdrawals were challenging but nothing compared to the living death of previous depression. I had the sweats and quite severe shivers on the second day, I also felt extremely weak and had a mild headache. On the third day I had bounced back so I went to 7.5mg. I had the same withdrawal symptoms but much less severe, easily tolerated. From the 6th day I didn't take any Mirt at all. Had very, very mild withdrawals from there.
So, what were the positives? Well, I have to say I have more energy AND my state of mind has improved. I feel more positive and the fog has parted. I have had no negative impact on my mental health.
I now plan to monitor myself over the next two months, after which I will tackle the Cymbalta. I'm going to make a slow taper plan for this drug, expecting brain zaps (as I've had with SSRI's) as an absolute minimum but hoping for a similar experience to Mirt as a maximum.
I just wanted to share what I think is a positive experience withdrawing from Mirt, of course in NO way would I encourage anyone to taper fast like I did. My GP and I made a thorough evaluation of all my individual circumstances and worked out a plan a and b before I started just in case something went horribly pear shaped.
Best of luck to everyone who tries to withdraw, I know some of you will have a much tougher time of it, I guess I'm lucky or just highly tolerant of physical withdrawals.
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