Switching from paroxetine to mirtrazapine

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My GP has switched my antidepressant from paroxetine to mirtrazapine .She has instructed me to stop taking the paroxetine immediately & to take the mirtrazapine instead.

i feel so poorly having gone "cold turkey" for a week now.

Has anyone else experienced this? Your comments would be most welcome

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    hi mumsie, yes its rough at first, im now into week 3 of mirt changing cold turkey from sertaline, and its been very up and down but im starting to feel more balanced - im on 30mgs now for 2 weeks so still early days, did your doc prescribe you any benzos to help with the anxiety? i take a lorazapam every 2-3 days when i feel the anxiety building which has helped a lot,but i hope to stop that when the meds fully kick in and i go back to work, best of luck to you x

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      Thank you Karen for your prompt reply i do take lorazepam each day but the terrible anxiety is still there i guess i just have to give it more time for the paroxetine to subside & the mirt to kick in

      kind regards

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      yes its a hard phase coming off one and going in to the other - i was on paroxetine for a few years a while ago, it was great but it pooped out - is that what happened with you? mirt is quite different to any other ssris, made me drowsy at first then when i went up to 30mg the anxiety kicked in more, but it seems to have calmed down now, still getting a great night sleep though which is such a bonus, so personally it is looking like its a good one, hang in there x

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      yes it had ran its course .just a matter of time & patience i guess but i feel so over anxious & depressed.

      Im still not convinced its a good thing to go "cold turkey" but i put my trust in my GP All you can do really.

      Thanks for your support x

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      i know who you're feeling, you're not alone, what dose are you on? how much lorazepam ? i have been fairly ok today until the past hour i started getting anxious, trying to not take anything and have a bath in an hour to calm down x

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      oh you poor thing its strange how the anxiety happens so quickly Tomorrow is another day & another day of allowing mirt to kick in & parox to get out of my system im taking 15mg of mirt & was on 30mg paoxeteine.Im afraid the only thing that calms me down is lorazepam which i take every day it helps a lot

      I have terrible sweats do you?

      Also my dreams are so vivid I hope they dont turn into nightmares .

      Considering CBT when the drugs have settled down

      My GP puts a lot down to the menopause coupled with irrational obtrusive thoughts

      keep in touch & hope you feel calmer tomorrow x

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