St. John's Wort Effectiveness

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I'm trying to come off Mirtazapine and can't seem to get past 15 mg so I was thinking about trying St. John's Wort and was wondering if others have used it and if so did it help? I already exercise and take a lot of omega-3's but I still can't seem to get off this crap..

I know there's warnings about taking it with antidepressants because of serotonin syndrome but my doctor wants to always add on other medications which I refuse to do so I don't know if St. John's Wort would really be a problem. Any info would be appreciated and thanks in advance!

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    What symptoms do you have when you drop below 15mg ?

    Have you tried a very slow taper ?

    What dose where you on and for how long ?

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    I'm back at around 18 because I've developed dry eyes which get worse at lower doses and I get bad head pressure when I go down along with anxiety levels rising and feel depersonalized badly. My high was 45 mg and I've tapered every 2 to 3 weeks so I haven't tried the really slow taper. I've been on it for over a year and at 30 mg for most of it.

    I can't tell you how frustrating this has been and I'm not sure what to do at this point but I have to figure out something.

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    Hi Rob,

    St John's Wart can cause insomnia. I guess you may be taking Mirtazapine for insomnia so St John's may not be right for you.

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      Catherine,

      I've read it may help insomnia but the internet has different facts for everything I guess. I'll probably just start on a small dose and work up some if it doesn't cause me any problems. Thanks!!

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      Hi,Rob.I'm just going up to 30mg over the last 4 weeks(after starting at 15mg,8-9 weeks ago.But at the same time they were weaning me off Paxil which I had been taking for 20 years,20mg twice a day.I don't know what the relational difference is between the two,but the taper off of the Paxil and increase of the Mirt did cause me some anxiety(more than usual),but that's about it.It I don't know how long or how high your dosage was over the length of time you took it,but it appears the longer you are on a drug the longer it takes to go thru withdrawal,if you will(speaking from experience).Good luck and God Bless You,Bob

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      Robert,

      I've been on it over a year so I'm definitely feeling the withdrawal effects in a bad way and I'm very frustrated to say the least. I feel totally defeated a lot and feel like I can't get off of the Mirtazapine. I'm probably just grasping at straws at this point to help me but I'm unsure what to do anymore. God bless and best of luck to you!

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      Hi Rob.I here you brother about grasping at straws.The last 7 months have been hell for me for multiple reasons.All I can tell you is you have to attacl it on several fronts.I've seen a counsoler,a psy for the meds,talked with my pastor and family and friends Especially those in my men's prayer group and of course ALOT of talking to God.I still have a fair amount of bad days or more accurately bad moments during each day,You just have to take one day at time(I'm getting to really dislike that cliche,having heard it enough,especially from myself,although true).I go to sleep each night believing,no matter how outrageous,that tomorrow will be better.It often isn't,but I still believe so that evening again.KEEP THE FAITH,BROTHER!! God Bless You,Bob

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      Robert,

      We sound like we go through a lot of the same issues on a daily basis and I talk to God a lot also. Wish I could just stay more consistent and stop going so up and mostly down..Definitely have to keep believing that tomorrow will be a little bit better than today as hope is sometimes all I have to keep me going each day.

      Thanks for the reply and encouragement and God bless you also brother, hope things go better for you each day!!

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      Hi Rob,Hope you had a good weekend! It was pretty good for me ,but to give you an example of my above post,on Saturday I try to sleep in a couple hours as it is the only day I can.Now mornings are always the worst for me(as they are for most of us with medical problems) because I haven't taken any meds for about 9 or 10 hours,your body "relaxs" during that time and then when you wake up your pain and anxiety/depression wake up with you and plus I've always been a night owl and not a morning person.So on Saturday I still have to take my meds and get a little something in my stomach for sugar purposes(I'm not diabetic however) and go back to bed,but because I have awakened the nerves it really is a terrible couple hours with those 10-15 minute naps where you jerk awake,high anxiety,etc.So i finally give up and get up.It then takes me a couple hours before I start to get to normal.But on Saturday afternoon I was somewhat better.On Sunday when I go to church it is similar to Saturday although to a lesser extent because I'm up earlier and am out and about sort of like during the week for work.I'm doing alittle better with the new meds and adjusting to various things that have changed my life over the last few months so I'm hoping it will continue to improve.Keep the faith brother!! God Bless You,Bob

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      I had a pretty good weekend Robert which I did some volunteering and got a lot done and it sounds like we have issues at different times of the day. I'm usually good in the morning and early afternoon but my physical symptoms of dry eye and head pressure get worse later in the day and during the evening. They force me to go to bed early a lot because it gets unbearable some nights. I've been prescribed a low dose of gabapentin to hopefully help out. Keeping the faith and God Bless!!

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    Hi Rob

     John's Wort is not a good pick as it can cause insomnia in most folks.

    I cant seem to get past 7.50, and have to try and  stabilize and keep up

    the dose to try and stabilize. It's hard to go to work when you have no sleep. At this point I have been  trying to ween off longer then I have been takeing it. sad  im also not sure how to get off this stuff,  I have seen  three diffrent DOC's about trying to get off this stuff and they are clueless, the just want to give out more pills and will ask why do you want to get off it works so well for  your insomnia,  I feel now I am on my own trying to get off the MIRT. Thats why I come to these sites to get some hope and ideas.  Please keep in touch and let me know your progress.

     

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      Thanks switchman and I think I'll skip the St. John worts and just stick to my routine I'm using. I'm taking fish oil, B and D Vitamins and some Magnesium at night to help and there are times that I feel good but these don't seem to last very long for some reason.

      I will keep in touch and please update me also as the doctors don't seem to help any of us that much and we need to be here for each other whenever we can. Good luck and I hope you find success getting off this crap soon!

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      Sarah,

      I've tried to go a little quicker but that doesn't seem to be working, I just want off of this medication..

      I guess I'll have to go slower or find another medication to help me get off it.

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