mirtazipine and shortness of breath

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Hi,since being on the meds has anyone got short of breath? If I go for a walk ,and esp up a small incline even,I get really puffed out and have to stop.I want to do some hilly walks but cannot do them as I dont have the puff.Since stopping work we ,(the royal we - ie my wife and I ) walk quite regularly so it's not as if we are starting from a standing start so to speak.

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    how long have you been on mirt   some times can get flu like symtems

    depends on what mg as well

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      Been on it approx 2 yes I think.Yes i have had those aches.All over ,head to foot,aching lower back etc etc.
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    YES Definately, I got that from day one, it scared me at first, I do quite a long walk daily with my dog up and down the woodlands so it was very apparent.  It improved greatly when at the lower end of tapering, can't quite remember at what dose though.  Where are you now with the tapering Plainden?  

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      once you get below 7.5 mg (0.5 ml)  you'll start to feel better I think, most folk seem to smile  

       

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    Yes! I was quite fit for someone in their sixties till i took this.  I like to walk with a friend or my hubby each day but my legs are like lead as if something is holding me back. I still havent diiscovered the answer to it.  A little weight gain hasnt helped either.

    we have had to find flat walks nowadays.

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      For the first time in my life my legs killed me just walking two blocks on a slight incline. My chest and breathing were fine, but because of my legs it was pure hell. It scared me and caused me to be a bit lighthearted. Walking home later I had no problem at all going down the slight slope. I never thought about the mirtazapine being the cause as I have been on it since July 2015 and I just had the problem in the last couple of months. So  glad I read your post and now have the probable explanation.

      Take care,

      Phyllis

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      Hi Ann. What dosage do you tak? I am on 15mg. By the way, I'm in my sixties too and have always been in pretty good shape, despite being diagnosed with osteoporosis eight years ago.

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      Yes i was doing well, in sixties and still at yoga till i needed anti deps. I. Have 7.5 and they do not a lot. Dr wants to change them but my body cant tolerate side effects, even going up to a

      15mg dose gives me anxiety spikes. I think these drag you down is my opinion.

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      I also take 300mg venlafaxine and feel great. I have managed any side effects without any problem, but I had no idea the aching legs might be a new side effect until I saw your post and recognized the exact same thing. I hope it will subside like the others did. I tolerate the meds very well, a bit of weight gain, but that is under control now too. I hope you will b able to get back to the exercise you enjoyed as that is a good way to fight depression too. 

      Take care,

      Phyllis

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      I am very low and wonder if venlafaxine should be added to my mirtazapine to lift me. Did you start one before the other?
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      Hi Ann. Sorry to hear you are feeling so low. I started on both at the same time, but you should ask your doctor if adding venlafaxine might be beneficial and help lift your mood. The combo has worked so well for me. Let me know how you get on.

      Take care,

      Phyllis 

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    Hi

    I have been on mirt for 7 years now and when i go walking/jogging i also easily get out of breath

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      I read only the other day that a study was done on healthy patients with mirtazapine and it was found to suppress cortisol. The reason I was looking is because I was on mirtazapine for several months but felt it was masking something. I tried a thyroid drug a week or so ago and felt terrible except for one day which puzzled me but then realised the night before due to lack of sleep I dug out an old 15mg mirtazapine. So evidently I believe my original problem and reason I was put on the was due to a hyperactive thyroid or too much cortisol. Of course psych's insisted I was depressed but I wasn't just feeling extremely ill day and night for 13 weeks.

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      Sorry I forgot to say that i too notice I now get slightly out of breath but I haven't taken mirtazapine for several months. I do wonder if these drugs cause changes like anaemia as an example which can cause breathlessness.

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