reducing mirtazipan

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Can anyone help please, I am trying to withdraw from mirtazipan, 23 days ago I reduced the dose from 30 to 15, I am feeling really awful, bad head, nausea, upset stomach, trembling legs to name a few things,is this normal? How does one know if it is right to come off this awful drug? I am at my wits end as to know the answer. Please can someone tell me if this gets better and when to reduce further. Thanks for any help.

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    hi margaret i tapered off mirtz nearly 3 months ago was hard at 1st i do feel for you.. it will get easier are u coming off all ADs or swapping over to another.. julie xx
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      Hi Julie,thanks for your reply, have you come off completely or are you still on your journey? Did you suffer from the same s symptoms? And how do you know when to reduce the dose.Margaretxx
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      i havent had them for 3 months all withdrawel as gone i am on sertraline now which suit me better.. i went from 30mg to 20mg in a week felt i had more engry but didnt feel good odd dreams some were amuzing lol dreamt of king kong once it was so real but thats the side effects of coming off them drugs! i didnt have all the time side effects your having but hun they will ease off.. i promise you xx
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    Have you decided to come off it on your own or are you doing so under the guidance of a psychiatrist or a GP. I say that because when I came off Lithium (I was on 1000mg). I reduced it by, I think 400mg at a time. I just give that as an example, rather than something to be followed.
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      Hi Nick, I have decided myself as the meds were not working, I feel I would be better off without them, I spoke to my doc about this and she said to carry on with them so no help there, once you leave their surgery they give you no more thought, hence my decision, what is the point of taking a drug that makes you feel worse.
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    From my experience reducing down l felt it was the right time to do so l was feeling good at each reduction ....hope this helps

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    I'm tapering down at the moment.  Have got down from 45mg to 15mg with no real problems and indeed feel a LOT better than I did on the higher doses.  For me I've been dropping 7.5mg every 7 - 10 days or so.  It means snapping pills in half but that's not too problematic.

    It could be that you'be reduced it by too much too quickly (everyone is different I think with regards to withdrawing).  You say you dropped the dose 23 days ago, is it only in the last few days you've been feeling this bad?  If just the last few days then I guess there could be some other explanation for why you feel terrible at the moment.  Were you taking the Mirt primarily for anxiety or depression?  Is it possible what you're feeling is a return of anxiety?

    If you've only felt terrible for the last few days I'd maybe give it a few more days if you can to see if things improve, alternatively you could try taking a dose of 22.5mg and see if this helps things.  Once you make the decision to come of Mirt it's tempting to rush things but I think it's a drug to come off as slowly as you need.

    Out of interest how long were you on them for?

     

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      I have been on mirt for 17 months, I was put on them for poor sleep and loss of appetite, doc said I was suffering from anxiety, I can't at that I feel anxious, and these drugs have never made me feel better,when I told the doc this all she said was to increase the dose, this I did but it made me feel worse, this is why I have decided to come off completely with no help from the doc.What is your plan after reducing from 7.5? I have been reading some horror stories on these posts. I wish you well on your journey.
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    Hi guys,

    I have recently followed a 4 week withdrawal programme down from 30mg to zero

    I had a 3 or 4 ropey days throughout this time, so not such a bad experience all in all...

    I just want to give some people facing withdrawal some hope....

    I have been completely clear of Mirt for 10 days and don't feel bad at all... Except for extreme tiredness ... Been to GP today who says this might be a lasting problem that the Mirt has had on my metabolism. I'm in for blood tests tomorrow...

    Just stay strong guys... It might not be as bad as you think, or if it is bad... You may turn a corner sharply...

    Good Luck.... Thinking of you all xx

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