Mirtazapine 15mg mother of 2 help!

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hi after adverse affects to fluoxetine my gp prescribed 15mg of mirtazapine im on my fourth dose tonight and so far the only side effect is slepiness (un managable!) my youngest son is 14w and still needs one feed as early as 2am and im having to get my husband to do it as i can hardly move. this lasts through the day aswell and i wanted to know if there are any other mums that are on this and if their drowsiness improved at all? mine seems to be getting worse and i really do want to give it a good go two months if i can, my body can no longer tolerate SSRI's and the last two weeks have been hell for me especially having been hysterical infront of my 2yo boy both at home when a bailiff came and at my gp surgery. i previously been treated with citalopram so was surprised that a dr gave me fluoxetine specially as when i was 15 i had severe reaction to seroxat and the fluoxetine was truly horrific. sleeping is easier but im scared about looking after my babies with the drwsiness. ive had to do self referall and awaiting booking in appointment but im not sure if i could even complete counselling having two babies with me? i dont have any family/friends etc who could watch them theyd have to be with me which in turn makes me anxious i struggle to leave house as it is tbh

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    Although I am not a mother, Mirtazapine worked wonders for my GAD/Panic disorder as well as insomnia and depression. I also do not tolerate ssri's well. I have been on mirtazapine for two years, and also experienced the extreme drowsiness the next day. It took close to 3 weeks for the drowsiness to subside for me completely, but it gradually got better after 10 days or so. After you get settled on your therapeutic dosage the drowsiness you are experiencing in the middle of the night should go away too.  
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    Hi Amy and all else out there.

    Mertz tends to be more drowsy at the lower dosages such as 15mg, although even at 15 mg will get better, but if not going up to 30mg would likely do the trick. Just be aware Mertz can be hell to come off at a later date, although not for everybody, but check out this site both for your drowsiness and withdrawel affects. Don't forget your Dr is always your madical adviser.

    Must be hard with the kiddies, I don't know what your actual problem is but often therapy is the best approach, meds I believe should be used only to stabilise through difficult times, as these meds realy mess with our brains, and in reality they still don't understand what's going on!

    Take care, Norm

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    I have been on Mirtz in October then off on on to Citalpram and now back on MIrtz. 

    My strong advice knowing the side effect of Mitz and Citalpram and coming off them is stay strong, if you focus on the bad then it sort of doesnt help. Dont get me wrong I have good and bad days, everyone does. Its find something to focus on. For me its to be my own bosses, and I have now have the oppurtunity to give it a ago.

    PM me if you need to blast off at someone, but I honestly think you will be ok.

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    Hi Amy.  I have been on Mirt for just over a week now for insonia.  I am finding also that they make me very drowsy and it seems to last most of the day. I have to force myself to do stuff.  Some others have said that this will wear off after a while, i do hope so.  Luckily, i am retired so dont have to worry too much, but do sympatise with you with the children.  Hang on in there and give it a chance if you can.   
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