Started Mirtazapine

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Hi, I have recently had a bit of a breakdown following the end of a relationship. I initially started taking Fluoxetine but I was having trouble sleeping , literally couldn’t sleep at all for 7 days. I was lying in bed aware of my heartbeat thudding.

I stopped taking Fluoxetine for a few days and was slowly beginning to sleep but the tears came back and was an emotional mess again.

I have just started on Mirtazapine. It’s only been a few days but I am really worried about the side effects. They definitely help me sleep but I am a complete Zombie during the daytime. I am not “with it” at all. There is no way I can drive or go to work like this. The last few days have felt like a drugged blur. 

Does it take long to get used to Mirtazapine and feel normal? 

I took Fluoxetine previously for many years without any significant side effects and am thinking maybe I gave up on these too quickly or maybe a different SSRI would be better.

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    Hi Genevieve so sorry to here you are at such a low ebb. I to tried fluoxetine but had an awful reaction to them. Felt the same as you. I then went on mirtazapine which helped with the sleeping but I felt in a bubble all the time. I was on 7.5mg for around 3 1/2 years. I have currently weaned myself off them and suffering really bad withdrawal symptoms. I don’t know what I would do without the people on this forum. Hope you will soon feel a little more yourself. 
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      Hi Sue, thanks for your response. Did the feeling of being “in a bubble” ever get any better once you got used to Mirtazapine? 

      I’ve only been on them a few days and I can’t concentrate at all. 

      Not sure if I should stick it out or go back to the docs this week. I can’t go to work with this “blurry” feeling. 

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      If I’m honest love no it didn’t. I just stayed on it because it helped with sleep. I work and am up at 5 in the morning, I had to drop my dose to 3.25mg cos I was struggling. I always felt like I was in a fog that’s why i wanted off it. I just didn’t feel human.  If I’d known about the withdrawal effects I wouldn’t have ever taken it. I think I may have just taken a sleeping tablet first. Good luck with whatever you decide. X
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    Hi Genevieve, 

     I have been taking 15mg of Mirtazapibe for the last 10 days, previously I was on 20mg of Fluoxetine a day. I had about a 6 week break from taking any meds in between taking the fluoxetine and mirtazapine where I felt absolutely fine, In that time I still weren’t getting Sleep tho (fluoxetine didn’t help with my sleep either). Since taking Mirtazapine, I too have felt like I’m in zombie like state. They have helped me Sleep from the get go, but I am still trying to get used  Mirtazapine. I feel extremely foggy everyday etc

     I’m going to see how I feel in the next 10days Of taking These meds as it took me 3 weeks to get used fluoxetine when I first started taking them so I’m hoping they start to level me out abit.

    Any way i hope things get better for you and I hope the Mirtazapine work for you . Take care

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