Tapered down to 15mg 6 weeks ago, anxiety higher than ever. What's going on with me?

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Hi everyone,

I could really use some advice. In late July, my PD prescribed me 37.5mg mirtazapine. I was on this for probably a little over a month, but found it intolerable.

I decided to taper down, and did it way too fast. I cut 7.5mg each week until I was at 15mg. The tapering off period was pretty awful, and I decided to stay at 15mg until I felt stable again.

I've been at 15mg for 6 weeks now, and feel far more anxious and uncomfortable in my own skin than I ever did before going on the drug. I also still have a fair amount of brain fog, which is really not enjoyable

I've pretty much avoided socialising for the past few weeks. I found when I drank alcohol, I felt awful for about 4 days after.

Do you think I'm still feeling the withdrawal effects from tapering, or do you think it's likely this drug is just having a bad effect on me in general?

In other words, I'm not sure whether to start tapering again or stay at my dose in the hope things might get better 😕

Would really appreciate any advice


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    Good on you, your progress is great. From my experience getting off this garbage you are damned if you do and dont taper fast. Such is the perniciousness of Mirtazapine that it does not let go of you without one hell of a fight, its like that movie "The Thing". My anxiety was through the roof most of the time both on it and coming off it.. Know that the struggle is worth it once you are out of its clutches and sanity can return. Take care.

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      Thanks Dan, I really appreciate the response.

      I want nothing more than to taper off and return to my old self, which - while not perfect - was a hell of a lot better than I am now.

      Currently I'm teaching English in Asia, with no real support around me. I don't feel like I can continue tapering off until I go home in a few months, because the withdrawl affects my teaching ability.

      But at the moment, I feel like an alien. My anxiety is sky high and my brain fog is bad. I haven't been able to socialise (let alone date) for months because of how I feel, which as a 27 year old single guy is not ideal...

      Basically, what I'm trying to say is thanks for the support.

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