Mirtazapine Side Effects and withdrawl

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I was on Mirtazapine for four months and two days.   What side effects of stopping it should I be ready for?    I was put on it due to the fact that I was not sleeping and was very worried (I had been diagnosed with atrial fibbrillation that I think was caused by stress).    Anyway, had a cardioversion done and responded well.    But I kept taking the medication.   Well, I've been drowsy, had issues with coordination, trouble concentrating, etc. and I THINK it was the Mirtazapine.   So, I quit taking it two days ago.   I informed my doctor and he is OK with me not taking it anymore.    

Im just wondering what to look out for now that I'm off it.  I sleep well without it which is good. 

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    I also have AF & the Dr put me on them for stress the only side effect I seemed to have was headache only took them for about 6 weeks (hate tablets) had no reaction at all now & again I take one as a sleeping pill 
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    Depends what dosage you were on.  Most people taper off but you may have been taking a low dosage (15mg or less).  

    Its not generally recommended to just stop taking them, however you've stopped them for 2 days already and seem okay so I would say just go with it and see what happens you can always start taking half a 15mg pill or similar if you do get withdrawal effects.

    Withdrawal effect are varies but commonly insomnia, increased anxiety, brain zaps etc.  However Mirtazapine has a short half life 20-40 hours so if you've stopped for 2 days already you're already on the way to getting the drug out your system.

    Good luck!

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    Well, it sure works as a sleeping pill!   I was on 15 mG a day, taken in the evening.   Anyway, I had my second night of good sleep without it (I did take 5 mG of Melatonin, which I took often back before I was on Mirtazapine). 

    So far, so good.  

    Thanks everyone for your responses.

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