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has anyone successfully withdrawn from mirtazapine? need help on which method I should use. I was put on 15mg for insomnia and it only helped me sleep for 3 days. I still suffer from insomnia but had improved some. at one point I was not getting any sleep now every night I get at least 3 to 4 hours broken. on good night 6 hrs less broken. sometimes I feel like mirtazapine is waking me up rather than helping with sleep. I am not taking other medications. i do take melatonin, l theanine, and GABA supplements. the doctors are no help. the GP said to drop down to 7.5mg for one week then every other night one week then stop. she said it would take 2 weeks to stop. I made the mistake of looking for and setting up appointment with psychiatrist to see if he had knowledge to guide my taper. It didnt go well as he said to stop cold turkey. when I asked him about tapering and withdrawal symptoms he got very upset saying who told me that. I told him I read warnings not to stop abruptly and many people reporting suffering from withdrawls. he stated that I must have anxiety and started writing and adding diagnosis on my chart saying I must have it as I'm questioning him. I stopped talking for fear he would add more to my chart for asking reasonable questions. of course I'm anxious about getting off this medication after reading horror stories about withdrawal. he used this as a way to intimidate to stop asking any questions. he also prescribed 10mg Doxepin which I havent started as I am not willing to go cold turkey off mirtazapine. he did say I could take it with mirtazapine but am reluctant as there is a serious drug interaction taking both.
I also dont want to add another med to struggle coming off of.
please any help or advice. I have heard about 10% every 3 to 4 weeks and also CITA protocol charts of skipping doses. I am not sure which would be the best method to minimize or avoid bad withdrawal symptoms.
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