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I am a 60 year old male. For the last few years I have suffered from constant daytime tiredness and occasional periods of nausea .The nausea I had been told was probably due to my hernia of the esophagus and I had been taking 15mg lansoprazole daily for many years to combat acid reflux.
These all came back normal. I was surprised when the gastroscopy even said my esophagus was normal. So I have stopped taking lansoprazole.
This week I saw yet another locum GP at my practice to discuss things. He asked me if I got stressed. Well yes I do, mainly about lack of job security and poverty ! This year has also been bad due to a new neighbour with a "home alone" dog barking for hours, ruining my time in my own house/garden and I was getting into a right state over it.
I told him that I self prescribed modafinil to cope with the tiredness. I am talking about getting up at 7am and by 10 am I often just have to go back to bed. I then sleep for an hour or so, but feel so tired all day that I can't do anything when I get up again. So after much research I have been taking usually 100mg modafinil about 4 or 5 days a week.
This doctor has prescribed mirtazapine, saying it will help me sleep better and make me feel less stress. I have just read lots of horror stories on this forum about it and at the moment feel there is no way I will take it. I am already about a stone and a half overweight and don't have the strongest will power anyway, but had resolved to lose weight, but from what I have just read, feel like I will just gain weight. That alone wouldn't necessarily stop me from taking it, but I have just read lots of stories about it increasing tiredness and other unpleasant side effects. Does anyone have any really positive things to say about this drug ?
I would welcome any comments from anyone with a similar experience to mine who has taken it. Mark.
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