Mirtazapine Hell

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Would anyone care to share their exprience with Mirtazapine withdrawal? I am on my second attempt, and it is hell. Abdominal pain, nausea, headaches, anxiety, stress, and several others that come and go. If you are a Christian, please ask a prayer for me. I am 18 days into being off them, and would like to know what your experience is in when the symptoms improve. Thanks, David Oh, and has anyone else been short of breath?

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    I have been on mirt since September, started on 15mg, went to 30mg just before christmas and two weeks ago up to 45mg. I found this a bridge too far, all motivation gone (I had been trying running to keep the weight off) so last thursday dropped back to 30mg. Friday started with stomach cramps and diarohea, saturday managed to eat but in the evening had a severe indigestion type pain that lasted hours. I could not lie down in bed, just could not get comfortable. Managed to sleep eventually and when I woke, thankfully that pain had gone, I had never felt pain like it (may or may not have been withdrawals though). I have felt slightly shorter of breath too. I am not sure whether to stay on the 30mg for a while, or reduce further, need to discuss that with GP I think. I was thinking about why GPs say to stay on them 6 months after depression clears. Is it so your brain gets used to the new (non depressed) nelogical pathways?

    Feel slightly better knowing I won't be on the highest dose if that makes any sense

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      I think the idea of waiting 6 months after the depression has apparently cleared is to make sure it really has gone! Recovery from depression is always up and down, so you need to wait to be sure. I've been extra cautious by going 12 months symptom-free before attempting to reduce the medication, and even now I'm in no hurry. Dropping by quarter of a tablet at a time, once a week, then twice a week and so on, making sure i'm comfortable at each stage before going down any further. I'd rather stay on the medication longer, than risk being Ill again - apart from anything else, it wouldn't be fair on my family.
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      Hi,I think that is good advice. I have been on ADs twice I think in the last twenty years or so, each time once I was better I stopped cold turkey. Fortunately never had any withdrawals but I think the mirt is a different beast, so will not be trying that this time.

      I am in no hurry to come off all together, though that is my long-term aim, but I just think the step up to 45mg was a step too far. On the day I visitied the GP I was a bit stressed as I had forgotten I had the appointment, plus I had a job interview the following day and a lot going on. I just feel too foggy on them hence going back down to 30mg.

      I have found mindfullness helpful, as well as the CBT. Am doing an 8 week mindfullness programme at home and I do find it helpful.

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