Mirtazapine tapering

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Hi.  I have been on 7,5mg of Mirt (second time) since September last year. I started tapering off back in January, without success.  I took my last dose over a week ago.  The withdrawals started,  nausea and headache. I want to make the liquid form from the tablets as my GP doesn't prescribe SolTab.  Couldn't cope with the side effects so I took 7.5mg last night.   If I want to taper down,  do I have to stay on the 7.5mg for a bit,  to get it back into my system,  or could I start tapering now with the 10% method?  

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    Yeah, my Dr said no also. He gave me 15 mg, told me to cut them in half and then cut them in half again. He claims that if I can't get off 3.5 mg of remeron which he says is nothing that I have real problems.

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      Can't believe I've had to go back on them to get off them,  if you know what I mean.  I'm going to try the liquid method that Calmer posted.  I'm having a problem getting off these.  I also tried to cut the tabs into quarters,  they just didn't look like the right measurements.

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    Hi

    I missed this conversation.  Just wondering how you are now?  Did you stay at 7.5?

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      Well, over a week ago I cut my 7.5 mgs in half and only took the first dose. I decided to try quitting then and there and have felt amazing ever since! I take amazing multiple vitamins and a phenomenal super green supplement. For a person with a clean gut, getting off of these seem to be a breeze..
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      Hi Jesse

      Are you saying you quit at 7.5 mg after taking 3.75mg for one day??  

      ?Hope all goes well for you, let us know, you could be one of the lucky one's x

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      Hi Calmer,  only just saw this post.  I haven't started on the liquid yet,  but am going to do it from tonight.  I tried to do slow taper, but couldn't manage it. I asked my Dr about compounding pharmacies,  she wanted to know why.  Said I was going to make my own liquid.  She didn't agree with it.  But I am going to do it that way anyway.  She wasn't very helpful and told me just to stop as I wouldn't have any withdrawals, as Mirt wasn't a medication that gave you any.  I am tapering off 7.5mg.

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      Hi Swanscity, my doctor said the same but in the end she let me do it my way.  Sometimes folk like to take the same dose as before when switching to a liquid, for a week say, it helps apparently; I think once bitten twice shy !  Ugh ...

      Good luck. smile

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    From what I read on different places, ex FB groups, you can not judge after a few days even weeks. WD can hit after weeks. 

    But some are lucky and come off easy , while others go trough hell a year long. 

    But if you know about the 10% tapering, you probably have seen these warnings also. 

    I  still have to start my tapering , so can't really say I know lots bout.

    But I went off Efexor years ago , and it took me 8 month, counting the smallest bits of tapering, and even having WD electrochocks and weird feeling for months etc. 

    Best luck to you.

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      Hi. I did read that withdrawals can hit you a few weeks after.  Mine usually come a couple of days after tapering down.  Think it's going to be a long process coming off them.

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