I have been on mirtazapine for 5 years since i lost my wife

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I really want to stop the drugs but i dont know how to go about it after reading most of the hell withdrawer systoms

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    I wasn't on them long but I was on dothipen for about 20 years and I came of them very very slowly.so I think thats the best way it doesn't matter how long it takes and you might have fewer withdrawl symptoms so the best of luck
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    How long you. Been. On them and what Mg
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      Oh yes Charles go to the Cita Protocol, that's long enough to come off slowly.  Go with it then if you feel your Haveing no side effects you can always trim it down accordingly.  I've found even the Cita Protacol is to quick for me,so I've trimmed it slower to suit my needs. But it is a very good guideline.  You can also ring or email them aswell if you have a problem.       Take Care 
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    Contact someone from the cita site (their email on the website) and they will take you through it. Good luck!
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    Hi Charles, I have not stopped Mirtazapine however I have taken it as needed for several years without noticeable effects. I am familiar with discontinuing biodazapines (class of drugs that include valium,clonzapam adivan and others - I had to titrated off the meds and it took close to a year- there were Los of withdrawal effects in clouding viseal and au dio hallucinations. My doctor helped me set up a titration scedible and was patient with my relapses. I also found a fantastic websiTe out of the UK for people coming off of the class of drug I was on.

    If you don't find all the answers here check around. Although I'm on 15-30 mg.of Mirtazapine as needed for sleep I haven't delved into the type of antidepressant it's in. To me it's just ano

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      Oops accidently sent reply. I'vè thought of Mirtazapine as just another antidepressant that causes sleepiness - I'vè never had problems coming off antidepressants. Why not talk to your doctor or counselor and developers a plan. I suggest taking a low stress time to stop. If you are working you may find that keeping busy will help deal with the change. Everyonè is different and so are our reactions to pharmaceuticals. One positive thing about about Mirtazapine is that is usually prescribed in low doses as a sleep aid - less of a titration. I wish you less best. If I can offer any support contact me here.

      I'm sorry about the loss of you wife

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    Hi Charles

    Firstly my empathy for the passing of your wife..it would of not been easy to adapt from such companionship smile ....Withdrawing from Mirtz or any co-depenency drug will be an emotional experience, though possible to achieve..It seems you have made a decision to stop the medication, and now you are looking for support , this is really good.It appears you have also recognised a fear regarding the withdraw symptons and drawing on your courage will help smile Maybe look to getting a cousellor or therpaist to support you while coming off mirtz..Its possible you will experience strong emotions from withdrawing and its common to relate these emotions as a re-living /experience from the trauma...So keeping this in mind, allow yourself a few weeks to understand that you will have withdraw symptons and not to draw any conclusion during the process...I have recently come off Mirtz for 3 weeks now, however i did gain weight so the doctor prescribe me duromine and i think this has helped me feel "upper" during the withdraw process...I also have been given a benzo ( 30 days supply) for any sleeping or anxiety that has been occuring from the withdrawing...I have a couple of anxiety attacks, but very rare between and nothing in comparssion to before i began Mirtz..Yes i am expereincing ups and downs, but these are emotions...your aloud to have emotions and its safe to have them smile I couldnt stress the point more to try not to draw any conclusion on the way you feel or think when quiting Mirtz...Coming of meds is a process and it goes in stages...you have various  withdraw symptons, perhaps anxiety, itching, feeling iratable, insomnia and strong emotions/moods- I like to think of these as psychical...then as these ease your emotions will feel different, you may not get the anxiety and "psychal symptons" but you may feel apathy or depressed or happy or both,...this will also balance in time..you have to withdraw, then you have to adapt back to a living without the co-dependant drug..this can take months, but this doesnt mean the "scary withdraw symptons" will continue for that long..To be honest I have been fine and doing really well- I have a weeks supply left of benzo and duromine so my next option will be natural therapy!!..and as folly as it seems...smile..infact put a smiley face post sticks all through your house and good music smile....

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