Just started on Mirtazapine 15mg and want to get off...Help please!

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Hi all, I'm a newbie here and I wanted to get some advice, because I'm not getting much help from the medical profession, if you know what I mean. I have just started on Mirtazapine, 15mg, and I have had 6 doses. I want to get off this drug as soon as possible. What would you consider to be the best course of action from here? Many thanks in anticipation.

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    hello, why do you want to come off it so quickly? it does take a couple of weeks to see and feel different. why were you prescribed them to begin with if you dont mind me asking?

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      Hi Georgia, thank you for your reply. They were prescribed for depression and anxiety, but the main reason for me was help with insomnia. The reason I want to stop is because I've seen a lot of bad reports of withdrawal symptoms and I would like to avoid that if at all possible. This is my first experience of medication of this type so I'm relying on the experience of others.

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      personally, i dont think anything will happen if yku stop now given you have only taken a few but i would maybe try and get a telephone appt with doc. i was on them for 4 months and stopped cold turkey about 6 weeks ago, first two weeks were horrendous but i am back to myself now!

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    Everyone is different but I can share my experience. I took Mirtazapine for a little over two weeks. I was taking 10mg. I had difficult sleep side effects (which are not common). My doctor told me just to stop taking it. I thought he was crazy after a lot of the reviews I read. I went ahead and stopped taking it. I did not have any issues.

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    6 doses i.e. 6 days - I think you'll be fine to stop but just keep an eye out for any odd symptoms and relax because no matter what happens they'll be a way to help 😃

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      Thanks Charlie, I've since had to take another last night and I've got something important to do in a few days time so I may have to take a few more and then stop. Hopefully all will be well.

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      Dropping to 7.5mg (or even smaller - something around 2mg still knocked me out sleep-wise!) is another option, it'll still have the sedating effect. Obviously I recommend informing your doctor whatever you decide 😃

      (just realised I wrote "they'll" in my previous response when I meant "there'll" - can I blame autocorrect? 😉)

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