Mirtazapine Withdrawal

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i have been off mirtazapine 15mg for 6 weeks after taking it for a year. i have constant nausea, anxiety and insomnia. I cant eat and have lost a lot of weight. i cant go to work, I'm starting to get really depressed. My Gp doesnt seem to understand what Im going through. At least being on Mirtazapine I could function and have some semblance of a life. Should I go back on it?

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    Why did you come off it ? Did you taper ?

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      No, the Gp switched me to Amitriptyline and said I wouldnt therefore need to taper, however after being on that for 5 weeks, a different Gp moved me to a different medication (for migraine) as that affected HRT medication. Appreciate you responding.

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      my doctor said the same to me week 4 got bad and week 5 was horrible he said it wasn't wd but after reading about it I think it was, I wish I would have stuck it out a little longer cause now I have to go through it again, only hoping that it's better this time, cutting down to 1.87 tomorrow

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      i am kinda thinking that I might just resign myself to staying on it as this is torture. Would you not consider this too? Good luck though and it would be great if you could keep me posted on how you go. It always helps to know someone understands what you are going through. Good luck.

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    I was on 7.5 mirtazapine and dropped to 3.75 for 5 days, I was off 31 days and had to reinstate due to bad withdrawal, I went back to 7.5 for 2 weeks and felt better, then my doc cut me to 3.75 for 31 days and I feel ok, the first couple weeks had some bad days but it got better, I am going to 1.87 soon and hopefully get off this med, I read if things get to bad go back to previous dose and taper more slowly, hope you feel better soon

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      thank you fir responding. I'll go back on and taper properly next time. Its interesting as my GP said after 5 weeks the mirtazapine would be totally out my system but looking on here, there seems to be lots of people still getting kick back weeks after they stop.

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      I suffered terribly do not suffer I did I left it for weeks n weeks thinking it wasn't withdrawals n I would get over it. I didn't sleep for 3 weeks didn't eat cried constantly was in total despair . I collapsed in bathroom gasping for air out window I was taken too doctors n mental health crisis team was called they thought I would have too be hospitalised I was terrified. However they came too my home day n night gave me diazapam too calm down n zopiclone too sleep within a fortnight I was so much better. They said I was gasping for air it was a massive panic attack I've never had one in my life. I'm not trying too scare you it might not happen too you all I'm saying is don't leave it if u feel these symptoms of nausea n insomnia not passing in s couple of days get help. Please don't leave it I was on it mitrazapine 10months I came off over 12 weeks n it was too quick I was on 45mg down to 30mg then 15mg too 0 xx

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      I'm doing good now thank goodness and back at work. I can honestly say I have never been so scared in my life and I can understand when people take their own lives I was so very close. I kept going too gp but 100% should of been seen by someone urgent at mental health sooner and it wouldn't of been as bad as it was. The crisis team were absolutely fantastic with me n told me they would get me better and they 100% did their job. Now I know If I ever got that ill again I'd go straight too gp n demand mental health intervenes asap xxxxx

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      No I had really bad restless legs n when I got up after sitting down I walked like a 90 year old hobbling along. I suffer insomnia now off mitrazapine xx

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      Hi Karen,, did you have to reinstate to get better or did you just "ride through" the withdrawal and eventually get better? My psychiatrist has taken me straight off Mirtazapine 15mg and straight onto Amitriptyline. It has been 4 weeks now and still not too great. She said I wouldn't get withdrawal coming off 15m to 0mg mirtazapine . If i know it is withdrawal it would be reassuring to know it will pass without reinstating as I can't now I am on Amitrytyline. Would very much appreciate your advice. It has been he'll.

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      Hi I came off 45mg mitrazapine it was hell. I didn't get help soon enough I was in a pretty bad way I've never been so scared in my life. The crisis team gave me diazapam for 3 days 3 times a day then twice a day for 3 days and then one a day for 3 days. They also gave me zopiclone too sleep because at that point I hadn't slept for 3 weeks. They put me in venlafaxine it had too be upped over the following weeks and I got better in the end. But get help I didn't and suffered. Xx

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      Thank you so much for your advice Karen! Can you let me know how long it took you to get better when you started on the Venlafaxine? I had typed a more detailed message to you Karen but it seems to have disappeared . Quite shaky so will give more info later as you say it's good to warn people the dangers of withdrawal. x

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      I got better pretty quick as soon as the diazapam calmed me down n sleeping tablets gave me bk my sleep and I started on venlafaxine I felt better within 3 weeks then I kinda didn't feel so good again and they upped my venlafaxine and I just kept getting better. I'd say about 8 weeks I was bk too my normal self apart from the insomnia this has been my main problem the doctors have gave me different sleeping meds. But I just want too sleep.osleep.on my own without meds xx

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      I also stopped drinking alcohol because when I did I noticed my depression would creep no in now if I'm out socialising I just have a wine spritzer xxx

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      Hi Karen, Yes I am doing a lot better. Thank so much for your story it gave me .hope After all we have been through hope is so important. I feel so much better mentally after 6 weeks on my highest dose Amitryptyline. I've still got a few physical symtoms. Lots of trembling when I do things but I can do lots of things now as mentally I am so much better but I am moving in the right direction. Thank you so much for giving me hope. Hope you are still doing really well!

      Ps Karen I sent you another reply but sorry it seemed to have replied to Sarah 366559

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      Pps Karen you said it took about 8 weeks until you got back to normal apart from the sleep problem. Was this 8 weeks after your dose increase or 8 weeks from when you started your new antidepressant. It would help me to know as I have been on my higher dose Amitryptyline for 6 weeks but 8 weeks from starting Amitryptyline.

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      8 weeks since the increase everyone's different it can be sooner or later but u will get there in so happy your starting too feel better it's so tough isint it no one understands unless they have been thru it xxx

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      Yes it is certainly tough Karen and no one could dream how tough unless they experience it themselves . I think after going through this every other problem in life will pale in comparison. Lol Wishing you good health and happiness-you have earned it! xx

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      Karen sorry to ask this again-but does 8 weeks since your increase mean that when you started the increased dose it was 8 weeks after the increased dose that you felt back to normal. I am still getting ups and downs and knowing that I can feel more positive with your experiences is a great help xx

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      Yeah I felt ok then slowly noticed I wasn't feeling that much better again when it increased I felt better withinh 6 too 8 weeks. I'm doing ok now still have massive problems with sleep it's driving me nuts xx

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      So all in all Karen it was about 11 weeks -which was 3 weeks at start plus 8 weeks on the higher dose?

      Karen I know 2 people who could not sleep at night and they were told it could be sleep ape a condition

      apnaea. It's a condition where you stop breathing and it keeps awakening you up. One of these people had to go through a sleep observation in hospital

      .She had stopped breathing about 50 times. She is well now but I don't know what treatment she got but of you Google sleep apnea you will get more info. I am sorry about the spelling think it is this spelling but quite shaky so didn't want to type this all over again.

      Let me know how you get on

      observations

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      Ps Sleep Apnea this is the correct spelling. If you need more info I could co contact the person I spoke about. She was quite bad insomnia.

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      Yeah it was about 11 weeks then every week i got better n bettrr only thing i did wrong was go out with my friends n drunk alcohol n omg I was so depressed for days n days so that's why I don't drink now. Or if I am socialising I put a small amount of rosy wine in a large wine glass and fill too top with lemonade. Every week I notice still I'm getting better. Wish I could be drug free but I can't unfortunately. I don't stop breathing in my sleep I just can't sleep I don't get the tired feeling like yawning rubbing eyes last night I had too take a zopiclone I take 1 every 3 days too let me sleep xxx

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      Hi Karen I replied to your recent comment but it seems to have disappeared!! Thanks for your support and info once again. Is your antidepressant maybe keeping you awake at night? Or if it is one dose could you perhaps split it between 2 doses per day? Perhaps your doctor could give you some info on this. Hope you get this insomnia resolved soon xx

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