Insomnia

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I have now been off mirt for approx 14 weeks with varying withdrawal symptoms which are mostly able to put up with. The last few nights the insomnia has kicked in again and I am wondering if this is usual for some people. I don't want to take any meds to sleep so would appreciate any tips to help. Health is normal for me but I am now very tired. Thank you to all in this group for their honest discussions.

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    Yes-I have various degrees of insomnia too. Been off mirt for over a month now & have had to buy a sleeping aid but it is not a prescription drug.

    It is finally helping me to sleep after a week of taking it.

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    My insomnia actually started when I was still on Mirt (30mg) and it has continued during 4 weeks of tapering and 18 weeks completely off. Over the last few weeks my sleep has improved but certainly not back to normal. I have used a mixture of over the counter sleep aids an a sparing use of a prescription sleeping pill. The insomnia and anxiety have been my worst symptoms.

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    Yes, Insomnia is yet another side effect of this drug. I managed to get down to 7mg from 45 and decided to just stop the meds alltogether, but even at 7mg the mirt wasn't having any of that and so I lay in bed wide awake all night. I'm back up to 15mg because I couldn't cope with the anxiety and low mood either. I know its the drug making me feel that way, but I have no choice to continue tapering tiny bit by tiny bit until, probably, I'm only taking half a mg. I feel this drug is controlling me and not me the drug....

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    Yes,its amazing. I was on 15mg for 2 weeks, then 30mg for 7 weeks. Then I tapered off over 4 weeks. Now more than 18 weeks since last pill and sleeping still not normal. However from what

    I hear, it does end. The amazing thing is that most of us have not been warned of the potential withdrawal symptoms.

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    hi I've been the same,thats me off it for around eight weeks and i have been through possibly every single withdrawal symptom that it has to offer,im lucky if i get an hour or two of sleep every night although i must say its better than the paranoid thoughts and suicidal tendencies i have experienced,hope you feel better soon,its a long road but you'll get there.

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      Thank you for your encouragement. The worst (now) for me is being so tired that I can hardly stay awake by 9.30pm only to get in bed and wake right up and not get to sleep until 02.00am approx. Sometimes I get 4 hours and take that as a win. Don't want to go down the sleeping tablet route so will persevere. I also realise that I haven't got much to complain about in comparison to others. I hope we all go well and improve

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    I wish I'd known how long withdrawal could last, I tapered from 15mg over the course of 2 months by skipping more days as recommended by my GP then finally jumped off when I was down to 1 tablet every 4 days. Felt ok for a few weeks, sleep a bit iffy but I expected some of that.

    Then it hit me with full blown insomnia, waking at 3am every night and the lack of sleep pushed my anxiety through the roof.

    I assumed it was a relapse so by Christmas I'd been back to the GP and started Citalopram, perhaps it was just withdrawal - even GP suggested it could take 8 weeks or more!

    Now I'm trapped on another AD that I don't want to be on and isn't helping!

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