Starting mirtazapine anyone used this before?

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Hi everyone I started taking mirtazapine 15 mg after going back and forth to dr as I cant seem to shift insomnia and been getting more and more anxious and depressed. He gave me 2 weeks worth of zoplicone first but they only worked for first few nights and was never gonna help me in long term anyway.I only took antidepressants once 4 y ago had

horrific side effects from citalopram hence dr prescribing these.So far had no increased appetite,been sleepy and drowsy next day but still waking up at night just exausted.

I know week is not a long time but anyone tried this before,how long till it works? Can it really help both anxiety and depression?

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    I think its the same with all SSRI I found CIT unbearable latest a few days. Sertraline was great years ago but I tries again and reacted to it second time. Now on fluoxetine and start up been awful still tired and spaced out which I hate but they are doing a job, lifted depression and feel more human. Lesser of two evils I suppose sad hopeful I'll get used to them. Today is 5wks 
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    In the 20 years I had depression I would never take sleeping pills even though I have severe insomnia.  They scare me.  I have been on so many different anti depressants, and other times, tranquilisers and beta blockers.  The more piils I took, the worse I felt. 

    Now I am medication free, and managing to cope.  I have been so very, very ill with depression and anxiety, but I want to try and manage without drugs. 

    I was on an anti depressant that stopped anxiety and depressio9n for a long time, but I wont say which one as we all react differently to drugs, and what suits one person may not suit another.  Thing is it took a long time to withdraw from so not to get any withdrawal symptoms, so would not recommend for the reason so difficult to withdraw from. 

    I have learnt to live with a few hours sleep a night.

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    Sleep depravation is not nice I know, my sleep is hit or miss at the moment I can be lying awake for hours usually until 3.30am but I try and stick to the same sleep routine by going to bed at the same time with a cup of hot chocolate, watch some TV and either start to nod off in which case TV off and away I go, or just can't get off in which case it's tough.

    Had about 4 hours last night but whilst I feel like a nap I'm not going to rather go to bed a bit earlier tonight.

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      Thanks for replies guys.Its not just insomnia Im worried about I think its just a result of me feeling worse and not being able to sort myself out. I have only used antidepressants on one occassion and came off them too early just to crash down again a few months later lol but suffered with depression most of my life. I have always tried to be strong enough and try every way possible to deal with it but last 6 months has just been getting worse,im loosing my temper,always feel low,teary and started getting worried im not looking after my little one as good as I feel I should. So talking to GP was my last resort and honestly,think I should of done it along time ago. I hope mirtazapine takes edge of a bit and I can get my life back,I know its not a magical pill but I cant do it on my own anymore.
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    Id appreciate experiences of anyone using or has used Mirtazapine as well as that was my original question. I have been doing everything I can to improve my sleep and overcome daily anxiety for a very long time with no sucess wasnt just a case of me marching to GP demanding drugsrolleyes Got a feeling my query got misinterpreted a little bit here.thanks everyone.
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      Hi I started mirtazapine about 3 weeks ago I started on 15 and it completely knock me out so had to reduce to 7.5 then week later went up to 15 now I've settled on 30 . My experience wasn't great for first week felt very sleepy all the time but improved as I went up the doses before I started I could leave the house was just sitting crying all the time now I manage to leave the house a bit and my mood is a lot better then it was I would say I'm completely better as I'm t I still struggle with the thought of work but with out work I'm managing to do a lot more . They r different to srris . All I can say is they have helped me a lot and am hoping they will continue to do so .. 

      Just bare with the start up side effects they will go 

      hope this helps 

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      Hey Im glad to hear its starting to work for you,thats good news.My dr gave me months worth of 15mg and said to review it in 4 weeks,i am so dopey during day but still not getting sleep. Thought thats immediate effect and will help with anxiety after a month or so. Ill stick with it and then see in 3 weeks time if i should change a dose. 
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    I was on mirtazapine 10 years ago for anxiety. I slept an awful lot and put on 3 stone. Way too heavy for me. I am getting an appointment with my GP to see if I can try pregabalin to replace the diazepam. I was also on zopiclone/zolpidem for years. I stopped taking them last year they are ineffective after a few weeks.
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