Mirtazapine withdrawal hell.

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This is worse than coming off Venlafaxine. I wake up to severe anxiety and rumination that cannot be helped no matter how much I try to calm down. I am irrational and barely eating, I can't function in the slightest. My libido has not returned. I feel sick!

I'm gonna try Venlafaxine again to see if it helps. THIS IS AWFUL!

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    Sorry for your suffering; before you try another AD (Ven) be aware that Mirt' WD can be a nightmare, and another AD won't help.  I did quite a lot of research before tapering slowly off Mirt myself.

    How did you discontinue Mirt?  What dose, did you taper slowly etc ... and when did you finally stop Mirt.  

    Wishing you well smile  

     

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      please advise  how best to taper mirtazapine i am  on 45mg

      want to go down to 30mg

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      Hi Colin

      Very few people seem to be able to get away with big drops.  It is recommended not to cut more than 10% every 3-4 weeks and wait for stabilisation, some do 5% every 2 weeks.  For a fully informed choice click on my name and follow the links below my status.

      You might be ok to try a 10% drop to begin with, to 'test the water' as it were, and if OK you might be able to continue with 10%'s ~ see how it is "for you", because we are all different no one knows how they will be affected.

      Best wishes.

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      I came off Mirtazapine over a couple of weeks, down from 30mg. It's been a week since I last took it.

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    I agree with Calmer's wise words here.  You are experiencing what is known as neuro emotions from withdrawal.  It would help to know the info Calmer requested before proceeding.  How long ago since you came off he Ven and how did you accomplish that?

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      I came off Mirtazapine over a couple of weeks, down from 30mg. It's been a week since I last took it.

      I finished Venlafaxine at the end of January and I was told it was OK to quit straight away, I should have tapered more.

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    I have the same issues with waking up with the rumination that I can't stop either so please take your time getting off of Mirtazapine as it is a tough drug to get off of! I'm at 15 mg for 5 days down from 18 mg and my anxiety level has increased today after I was doing really well but that's when the drops usually hit you. I always seem to start having more trouble at 15 mg but everyone is different unfortunately..

    Best of luck to you and I hope it gets easier for you soon!

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