Weight and withdrawal

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I have been on Mirtazapine for about 18 months, it worked in terms of sleeping but I have gained 3 stone in weight, I can't shift it, I find myself eating foods that I would nevr have dreamt of before, my appetite has changed and I look pregnant with people often asking me if I am pregnant!  This in istelf causes me to feel low, I don't want to go out, buy clothes have isolated myself as I have never been so big in all my life.  People might think this is shallow but I honestly cannot go on feeling so self-loathing. 

I have read all the withdrawals and am going to GP tomorrow to ask to come off and hopefully brave it out.  

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    Good luck Shirley the good thing I found was the weight soon dropped off I didn't realise & thought by being carefull of what I was eating was actually working so mentally it was a very good feeling,I only use them occasionally if I've had a bad night , so just as a sleeping tablet, pleased you are going to the Drs.
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      Thank you Margaret, had I known how bad withdrawal is I would have thought twice before accepting them, although I think I was very low at the time and wouldn't have thought about it.  Thinking back they did help with my sleep and through some difficult times but I feel I need to take back control.  How was withdrawal for you?  Or becuase you still use them ocassionally is it not as severe?
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    Well I didn't seem to notice to much & was just determined to stop as I hate taking tablets & being I am on so many for other problems heart being one of them osteoporosis etc etc I guess the one good thing was I was Losing weight so no problems not every one has a bad time keep looking forward & give it a go but do as your Dr says
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      Am glad you didn't have a bad time. I am now day 2 without anything. GP has prescribed sertraline and told me to wean off the mirtazapine first but I'm just going to give myself 5 clear days as not had any for two days. Hopefully I won't get the really bad withdrawals and like you said I'm looking forward now and will use other things such as learning to

      Meditate and reiki to help. 

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    Hey I was exactly the same gained alot of weight and I was feeling alot better eating healthy and going gym but nothing worked to shift the weight while on these Meds it's impossible...this was making me feel low like u so come off them it's a struggle but slowly losing the weight now thank god x
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      It's amazing how a bit of research and these forums can change your life!  I have been beating myself up obsessing about food not going out and all because of the meds!  This is day 2 and keeping myself busy. Glad you are feeling better Nicki onwards and upwards!
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      It's still a struggle babes having a low day today but it will pass need to just ride it out. These Meds are horrific for weight gain and trying to lose it u never will on these Meds x
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