How long does mirtazapine tak to work

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Hi I am 75 year old male my gp told me I have had nervous breakdown that was six weeks ago now I was given 30 mg mirtazapine I have not had any time it has helped me I am not sleeping I live on soup has anyone took that long for them to kick in help would be very nice many thanks tweety.

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    Hi Brian I m sorry to hear you are going through a bad time, if you re not feeling any better you should talk to your doctor,if you don t feel your doctor is listening to you talk to a one that will listen.i can t say that the mirtizapine helped my mood because I havn t got depression,I have anxiety,the tablets did help calm me down but they made me to sleepy.i hope you feel well soon
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    Hi Brian,

    Sorry to hear your having a rough time of it. You need to get back to your doctor because from experience only the mirt should not only help you sleep but increase your appetite as well. I'm 60 and I've heard that sometimes with people who are older like us the mirt isn't such a good choice for medication I don't know why...

    it seems to be doing the opposite for you so please call and get an appt.

    mirt also seems to work the first week I took it.

    please call the doc....good luck, hang in there and let me know how you are doing!

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    Thank you both getting back to me rose I have seen my gp  this morning all he said stick with it and gave me another tab amitriptyline 10 mg a day take just before bed time I am in pain 24/7 can this be right I don't like to take tabs that are hard getting of again but I am on oxymoron 5 mg four times a day they don't come close to helping with the pain all the best for now brian.
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    I wish you could see another doctor is this possible? For one thing I think the mirt you are on is a bit high. Half that dose would be fine, as we get older I think we need less and are more sensitive . Also the elavil is such an old type of anti depressant. Why not something new and improved ? That's my two cents, I'm not a doctor but I've been on meds most of my life so I have experience with them.

    what type of pain are you in anyhow, is it physical or is it the depression? It makes a difference on which medication is best.

    when I'm depressed and anxious it's very hard for me to get the energy to find another doctor or another way. Why not enlist someone to help advocate for you. I think there are not lines or crisis lines. Explain that you feel uncomfortable with the meds you are on. That you are depressed and need the help of someone to go to the doctor with you perhaps?

    Hang in there, it's really hard and let me know how you are doing.  I care!

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    Hi rose many thanks for keeping in touch my gp is relly nice guy it very hard for him i am on lot of heart tabs  so he got find a tab that goes with my meds the last one he gave me as you know was (elavil) he thinks it could be a nerve pain in my head that is where most of my pain is I also get this pain across my chest and when I shut my eyes I get this pain like a eletric. Shock it makes me jump in the air, last Saturday I phoned 111 and was advised by the dr to go  a.e get it checked as it could be heart out of rhythm ,dr there said I was describing the symtoms  of  shingles and gave me a prescription. Which my gp advised me not to take unless a rash appeared which it has not. Couple of nights later my wife dialled 999 as felt so ill ,they did a head scan which showed nothing major and sent me home. That's where I stand at this present moment.all the best Brian.
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    I don't know about your case, but I think that you probably have depression or at the most a minor breakdown. If you had a serious breakdown you wouldn't been able to function on your own. I should know - I have been in hospital 4 times. I would suggest that you ask to see a psychiatrist. Your doctor is a **gneral** practitioner. He or she is not a specialist in psychological medicine or any other specialist area for that matter.
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    Don't take mirtazapine!! Take a Valium when things feel really bad. Mirtazapine should increase your appetite and it does regulate my sleep... But the good stops there! They are addictive, they've made me fat (leading to more depression), they seem to make me angry, and at the beginning clumsy. I now can't get off them, every time I've tried to stop I have days of vomiting and suicidal thoughts and the inability to leave my house. Maybe they'll be different for you, but seriously google it and get off them while you still can. 

    Personally all I needed during/ after my breakdown was something that allowed me to relax, just a simple thing, to regain my bearings. Valium or similar does that, antidepressants mess with your brain, and I think for a nervous breakdown are the wrong treatment.  I've been ruined for over a year by them, I think, when I could probably have snapped out of it. Now I do not see a way out. 

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      What caused your breakdown. Maybe get to the root rather than continuously taking valium. You should be careful when you tell other people to stop taking their medication. Are you their doctor or psychiatrist?
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    Also I had no appetite before mirtazapine, and was living on gravy. The tablets fixed that within one week, so I don't think they're working for you. 

    With all the pain you talk of have you had MRIs etc.?

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      I agree,these are the worst tablets I have ever taken.the doctor told me they were mild tablets with no problems.i was only on them for two months on a very low dose,and then for 1 month lowering the dose,I came off them two weeks ago and I ve never known feelings like I ve had with these tablets,severe nausea,not being able to sleep,upset stomach,panic attacks,even now I am still suffering  the nausea,panic attacks and an overwhelming feeling of despair.i m waiting to speak to my doctor for some advise, I take diazapam now and again and I know they get a lot of bad press but they are nowhere near as nasty as miritizapine.on the plus side I ve lost most of the weight I put on while taking the tablets as I can t stand the sight of food at the moment x

       

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