Mirtazapine side effects

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Hi, I have started on Mirtazapine 15mg this week, and am so far still feeling the tiredness the next

Day! I am off work until Monday due to a close family member taking his life last week. I have been

on fluoxetine previously but when I went back on it two weeks ago, am covered in a rash so doctors have now put me on Mirtazapine. I'm just really hoping this is going to help, really am so fed up with

Either crying or feeling completely numb, but since being on mirtazapine this week, am not currently

feeling much of anything. Any advice would be great

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    Hey Cherie,

    I lost my best friend through suicide 13 months ago and since then my depression went into over drive and have tried various types of therapy and medications. So in other words I can relate to how you feel, somewhat. However I wish I had of being prescribed Mirtazapine then instead of only 8 weeks ago. Mirtazapine does take a few weeks for it to start working and the first few weeks may have some bad effects. But my experience so far from taking 15mg Mirt. has being life changing. It really is making life a lot better and the future looks promising.

    In terms of bereavement, I strongly encourage you to search for bereavement counselling and maybe even consider looking into Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). In my country (Ireland) there is an organisation called Console that is free and provide professional counselling for people effected by suicide.

    So to sum everything up..

    - Give Mirtazapine a chance for at least one month and do not consume any alcohol. NOTE - everyone reacts differently to this medication but it does have a very good and promising reputation.

    - Give counselling a shot.

    - Stay strong and cry often, it helps a lot.

    Best of luck

    Much love


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    Hi Cherie

    I pretty much just totally agree with what Chris has said.

    Cry when you need to, it doesn't help to keep things bottled up, if you feel sad then let yourself cry and try to talk to someone about it. It's not good to make yourself struggle on your own, don't be afraid to show that you are sad.

    As for mirtazapine, like Chris said it can take a few weeks for you to start feeling the benefits, your doctor has probably told you this also. It can be frustrating when you are going through those weeks of nothing happening, but stick with it. Unfortunately you may also experience feeling worse before you do start to feel better.

    I've been taking mirtazapine 30mg for just over 2 months now and am feeling an awful lot better than I was a few months ago.

    I am still getting the tiredness, but for now I am ok with putting up with it if it means it keeps away depression and anxiety.

    Best wishes.

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    Thanks Sunset for your post to Cherie. I have been really down today and then I read your post saying you can feel worse before your start feeling better and that made me feel better!
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    Chris I am now into my third week on Mirt. but some days I feel really down. I was interested to read you say not to drink alcohol. I do like a couple or three glasses some evenings ande just wondered why you said that.
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    I found personally if I was to even drink a pint I was guaranteed to have a terrible day the next day. Then there were times where I would go out for the weekend and it would take about a week to recover. I've asked my doctor and it's quite a simple process. Alcohol is a depressant, it is the opposite to the medication being an anti- depressant. I love having a drink with friends or even over dinner but now that I have gone a while without a sup my mood has been significantly higher so I chose to stay clear of the booze.
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    Thank you everyone, in all honesty I decided to go back on medication before I found out my nephew committed suicide, as I knew from past experience I needed it. Thing is he made me realise that depression is a real thing, he was so sad and felt so lonely even though he was surrounded by people, and I won't let myself get like that. I really appreciate your responses, and definitely going to give the Mirtazapine a good go x
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    Thanks Chris for explaining about alcohol. When I was on Venlafaxine I never had any problems with alcohol. I don't mean I am an alcoholic but we do like wine with dinner and again when we go out with friends. However I do seem to feel down the next day if I have had more than one glass now I am taking Mirtazapine so many thanks for that.
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    Sorry to hear about your nephew cherie, hopefully the mirtazapine will help to keep you strong.

    As an addition to the alcohol discussion, i tried a small glass of wine one evening and was ruined the next day, so decided to stay me alcohol too.

    Hi patricia, yeah unfortunately i went through feeling worse before starting to feel better, had some bad times I've rambled on about in posts, not felt that depressed or anxious again though for a good while now.

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    That's good news Sunset and certainly gives me hope. It will be three weeks tomorrow since I started the 30 mg Mirtazapine so hopefully should start to improve now. Thanks for writing.
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