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I've been suffering from depression for about 4 months now and was changed from citalopram which appeared to have little or no effect. Last night, I took my first dose of Mirtazapine. Wow, is this drug awful. When I went to bed, I fell asleep almost immediately - nice, first time in months. However, in the morning I could not wake up, I had an appointment so had to get out of bed; I felt exhausted, confused and dizzy. My partner said my face looked puffy.
On returning home later in the morning I went back to bed and was out cold for a further 7 hours! I've had the most vivid, frightening dreams and woken up with the greatest hunger I think I've ever experienced; feel irritable, depressed, fuzzy-headed and have a facial tick.
I've just spoken to a psychiatrist friend and his advice is: \"If you were my patient, I'd recommend you persevere for another week or so, wait to see what you're like once we increase your dosage next week. We can't allow patients to chop & change their medicine at will. However, as your friend, I'd say bin 'em, get to your doctor tomorrow and change to something else.\"
If only it were that easy to get an appointment with one's GP......
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