Mirtazapine withdrawal

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Hi, just wondered if anyone can give me some advice please I had been taking amitryptyline and fluoxetine for over 10 yrs for fibro myalgia, I was coping fairly well. In April 2017 I got told by gp I could not take that combination anymore and I was taken off it. Gabapentin was taken instead. After a few weeks I started not being able to sleep and was prescribed mirtazapine. This was a big mistake but I didn't realise at the time as I was so desperate to sleep. I started to wake up with nausea and anxiety. I didnt realise it was the mirtazapine at first so i eventually went to see my gp who thought maybe I needed to increase the dose so I went from 15 mg to 30mg. The feelings got worse and worse so I returned to my gp and was told for a week take it alternate nights then start fluoxetine again. I did this and after 5 days of taking fluoxetine I was in a terrible state, couldn't sleep, felt sick generally very unwell. I returned to a different gp who said I had come off mirtazapine too quickly so told me to take 15 g every other night for 2 weeks. After 2 weeks I was starting to feel better so he gave escitalopram to start straight away. Again after only a couple of nights of this I started to feel unwell but I continued thinking it was just side effects, after 6 nights I couldn't continue and contacted gp to see if I could stop them. Gradually each day I felt a little better but since day 5 I now feel as bad as ever. I'm waking up in night with an overall feeling of anxiety ( I never had that until I took mirtazapine ) I feel so sick when I get up and I have absolutely no appetite! I am eating but forcing it down.

My question is is this mirtazapine withdrawal? If so how long will this last? I am getting very desperate, which really is not me I am usually a positive person. I see my gp Tuesday I'm sure he is going to suggest a different anti depressant but I really don't want to take any more drugs!

Sorry about the long post but I wanted to try and give you all information I could.

Thank you in advance for your advice.

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  • Posted

    Please do come and join our mirtazapine withdrawal support group. Look for Toria Stockford on fb and message her to join.
  • Posted

    Yes, please join us in the fb group. we have all had problems with this and its a very supportive group.  Like you i was tried on different a.ds all made me worse too and i couldnt tolerate them and had to stop. Really dont want another anti dep as theyve made me feel so ill.
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      Thank you I will look for the fb group. I'm so sorry you've been through the same thing, how long did it take for you to feel 'better'?

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