Is it safe to come off Mirtazapine after taking it for 1 day

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Ok so i am a athlete, i train 5x a week. This is my main outlet for depression i have been having for the past 1 year.

My doc gave me  Mirtazapine 15mg to try, I took one last night and slept 12ish hours. Normally i only sleep 6 or so hours.

This was great but now its 3pm and i still feel extremly tired, i cannot train as i feel 'out of it' and confused, lethargic.

This is casuing me even more anxiety as i have worked very hard and love training. I no longer want to take this pill for these reasons. Also i cannot afford to put lots of weight on as i need to stay fit for my sport.

What do i do? i loved the fact it knocked me out for a night but without training i will go insane and i have games on the weekend.

Is it ok to come off after only taking 1 pill?

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    I'd say so.But if you suffer with depprestion I'd go back to your GP and ask for something else.Ive been on this drug for 4yrs I am now comeing off it and it is extremely hard to come off,so if your not happy take no more and go back to see your GP. Good look and I hope you do well at the games on the weekend.
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      thanks for the response, its what i thought. this drug seems really really strong, today i cannot function at all and even basic movements like walking or cooking are difficult.

      feels like ive been sedated, theres no way i could play football like this

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    You'll be fine to stop taking after 1 day.  Hwoever as norma points out your underlying reason for taking it will obviously still be there so if that is still a problem you may want to try some other medication.

    I do find that Mirtazapine makes you tired and although it lessess with time it is still there for me at some level.  Whilst not classing myself an athlete  I do play football twice a week and go for the odd run, cycle ride etc whilst taking the Mirtazapine and yes sometimes I find it does have an effect on the level you can perform at, so probably not the drug for you given what you said.

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      thank you clarkio, did you gain weight with an active lifestyle? i feel a little more awake now at 5pm but my eyes still feel tired
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      Know EXACTLY how you feel. Do a lot of cycling. Was on 15mg of this for 3or 4 months, went to France, cycling the alps, but I was so crap and lacking in motivation and desire I couldn't believe how much lack of energy I had, I just couldn't compete at any level at all, so I slowly tapered off it.

      You will be fine after one day.

      I found it really helped with my sleep, and when I went down to 7.5 I noticed my motivation etc, was better, so that might be something to think about

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      Sorry for late reply.  I put weight on initially but then I needed to as had lost a stone through loss of appetite caused by anxiety (was down to 9 1/2 stone and I'm 5' 11").  Once I put back on the weight I lost though have stayed more or less at my normal 10 1/2 stone.  So think if you're a bit careful how you eat (it will give you an appetite) and do regular exercise you can avoid weight gain, or at least I did anyway.
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    Know how you feel, i have only been on it 5 days and feel absolutely terrible all day. I too am worried how long this will last for or is this normal on these tablets.
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