Horrible Mirtazapine

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I am in the middle of mirtazapine withdrawal. This must be one of the worst anti depressants to come off. My withdrwal symptoms are horrible horrible horrible. I am experiencing sleepwalking, severe anxiety and panic attacks. I am taking valium to help with the anxiety and zopiclone at bed time. On Tuesday evening I caught myself going down the stairs. All perfectly logical as I was dreaming but then I woke up I'm walking down the stairs. The anxiety is harder to cope with but I'm not giving up. I'm not going back on even a half or quarter of a tablet. Mirtazapine worked well for me (apart from horrendous weight gain) Nobody told me how hard it would be to come off it. I have already tried to come off it but had to go back on it at 30mg. I know I'll probably have to go onto something else but its not going to be mirtazapine unless there is no other option. I wish I had known how hard this would be.

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    Sorry to hear your having such a bad time, have you stopped cold turkey or tapered down, also what dose where you on when you decided to stop.
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    I had tried to come off mirtazapine in July but had horrendous withdrawals panic attacks and rollercoaster anxiety. I went back on it at 30mg. My psychiatrist wants to put me on something else but this time told me to go cold turkey from 15mg. Do not do this. It must be easier to taper although I had horrendous side effects doing this too. My psychiatrist Dr J is on holiday until Monday so I'm just seeing if I can survive until then. I am taking a minute amount of valium. Zopiclone is necessary at night because I cant get off to sleep. I'm not sure if it stops my nocturnal wanderings. This is really the peak of the withdrawal as I am a week and a half out from my last tablet. My GP has said I can take a half or a quarter of mirtazapine but I'm going to try to sweat it out. The anxiety is horrendous though. I can understand people being driven to drink or illegal drugs fro some relief. It does make you feel very desperate.
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    sorry you are having such a horrible time,I was lucky coming off mirtazapine but from what I have read trying to come off venlafaxine makes you feel very much as you have described so Im sure I wont escape in the end.I am feeling like I need the support of the site again,I am basically fine but am propped up by medication so I dont really know how Id feel,you are really brave ridding yourself of it,and it sounds like your Dr is supportive.I havent managed to post anything on the MDF site as everyone on there seems so articulate about bipolar and my relationship with it feels clumsy and strange.I dont know how things will be long term,I dont know if the medication will just keep working or if I will inevitably have highs and lows from time to time.I know everyone is different but I just know hardly anything about it.I should read more.

    Hang in there


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    Jo you can always post on here you know that. I haven't had a diagnosis of bi-polar but it has been hinted at. I need to pin my psychiatrist down (he is rather lovely) I have had some valium so I'm feeling a bit better not crawling out of my skin. I read the posts on the MDF website and I'm sure poeple would help if they know what your concerns are. I'm just going to tough this out. You still need support as you are still recovering from a serious bout of illness. There is nothing to be ashamed about that. I pull out all the stops to try to get as much support as I can. It is difficult to know who to tell and who not to. Trust your medication and see it as the long haul. Do not not attempt to try to come off it. You need it it is keeping you well. A doctor told me recently he though I was on 'heavy duty meds' but I need to be on them. He was fine as appear to be quite normal. Have you talked to your GP about your desire for support? Take care Jo good to hear from you.
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