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Hi. Just after a bit of advice. I have been on 15mg of mirtazapine for about 3 months. Unfortunately I have gained a stone during this time, plus I’ve now been told I have high cholesterol. I haven’t changed any eating habits and I am a regular gym goer. My gp has recommended I aim to come of this medication by the spring. I have started to tapered to 7.5mg and will reduce to 3.75 in the next couple of weeks. Do you think I will continue to gain weight at 3.75? Thanks  

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    Hi ally

    cant see you gaining weight to be honest..

    has your doc said if he's going put you on different antidepressants?

    do u suffer side effects from mirt or is it just your weight is the issue?

    kaz 

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      Hi Kaz,

      I was only on in this for problems with insomnia. My gp didn’t offer any alternative, only to take melatonin and try to enroll in some mindfulness/medication classes. 

      I have gained nearly a stone, and now have high cholesterol and  blood vessels keep bursting in my eyes, very strange! 

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      Ally

      i was taking 45mg and gain almost a stone over period of a year then when I went down to 30mg I started to loss weight but my doc didn't taper me down I was took of it overnight 

      I'm now of 15mg mirtazapine close to 15wks but I had bad withdrawls which I'm still suffering so yes I lost the weight I put on..

      was your tapering ok ? Did you not have withdrawls?

      kaz 

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      Awwr sorry to hear you’ve experienced bad withdrawals. Tbh I’ve not noticed any difference from 15mg to 7.5mg I think I’ll stay on that for a couple of weeks and then cut that in half.

      On a plus - it’s  good that your  weight is starting to shift! X

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      Yes so glad to get back to normal size again 

      good luck hopefully You will be of mirtazapine soon 

      kaz

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    Most definitely you will. I gained 3 stone. Whilst these are great for depression they seem to have nasty side effects. They are given to people with anorexia...so that would have been nice to know wouldn't it

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      That’s my concern Lorraine. I have already put in a stone, which is getting me down. So Im Defo gonna come of this medication, but I suppose u should taper off rather than stopping altogether? 
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      You will get nasty side effect if you don't taper and will probably end up back on a high dose, so be patient. Each time you taper slightly give it a month before the next stage.

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    Hi Ally,

    Your story is similar to mine. On mirt 15mg for 4 months, gained 40 lbs. I held the same weight thru the taper. I am off 14 weeks and have not lost any appreciable weight. You may fare better due to your hi activity level. I am doing minimal at home workouts. Good luck.

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      Fingerscrossed, hopefully you will loose some of the weight soon, it can be really disheartening I bet x 

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      Ally,

      Btw, my taper lasted 2 1/2 weeks. Thats only what I did. I got really impatient. I dont feel i am doing any better or worse than anyone else. I didnt consult my dr. either.

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    I forgot to say that I have tapered from 30mg to 7.5 over the last 6 months and still haven't lost an ounce. I read on here that you have to be off completely for the weight to drop

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    Also just to say!! This medication really has worked wonders with my sleep, which is what I needed at the time!

    Does anyone have any remedies I can try while I taper? Thanks! 

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      Hey Ally,

      I used Benadryl to try to sleep and i believe it interefered with my wirhdrawl process. It didnt really help me sleep. Lots of water is always a good thing and limiting caffeine. I also tried melatonin 5mg, it didnt work so much. Having and maintaing a positive mental state and going with the flow as far as symptoms go have been detrimental.

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