Withdrawals from Mirtazapine

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Hey all i've been on this since 2004 mostly 30mg...since Oct Ive tappered down. The 30 pack lasted until just 2 days ago. I gradually decreased until 1 x 30mg tablet lasted 3 weeks. But I'm feeling very very anxious & cannot sleep...

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    From what you will read on here, the tapering down is essential on mirtazapine for most.  It is a slow taper, only going a few mg at a time till at the end it is 0.1ml.

    you may be having these side effects due to tapering too fast.

    the advice given here is reinstate and go down slowly and the anxiety and sleep will not be so bad.

     

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    Hi 

    I’ve been on 30, I decreased to 15 and then 7.5 I’m stuck on that; and I sleep more than before because this medication is so sedative in the lower doses.

    Split the 30mg in 4 parts and take 1/4 it helps to sleep. Hope it works for you.

    Blessings 

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    Hi everyone thx for your advise..

    So since Sept I only went through 30 x 30mg tabs so I really lowered the dose..in the end I got 3 weeks out of 1 tablet by taking slithers lol I was fine until I stopped a few days ago. Anxiety seems to be in waves during the day...i have no more tablets. So this the end of taking mirtazapine for me. Are u taking any natural supplements to help.

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      Hi James 

      i really don't think it matters what way you come of it as far as I see on the site ones getting right down to 0.1mg and lower your going get hit with withdrawls or your not

      think every person is just different I've came of 45mg overnight Aldo was took of 15mg over night and withdrawls were the very same

      ive had mail from people who have stayed on 0.img for months before coming of and are going through hell with withdrawls 

      so to me your anperson whos luckey enough to get of mirt fine or your one of the unlucky ones and gets hit with all the withdrawls 

      im heading into week 15 free of it and still getting some withdrawals and a friend of mine is of 14wk from mirt and she came of 0.1mg to be honest she's worse than me

      goid luck with getting of the hateful mirtazapine and message me anytime il help you best I can

      kaz

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      James I've stopped 3 times, the first 2 were easy, this time it's been awful, but the good news is the first 2 times I healed so it is possible.

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    soory for all the typing mistakes my fone makes its own language up 😂

    Hopebyoubwere able to understand what it was meant to say 

    kaz

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    James,

    So i gather you had 30 tablets (30mg) since Oct. to wean from...and you did that. In my opinion, for the duration of treatment this went very fast. We are all different, so listen to your body. Good luck

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    I agree with Gretel.  LIsten to your body, but what does that really mean?  Well, if you think about what is actually happening it might help.  On the drug, the neurons adapt to it's artificial elevation of neurotransmitters by dialing back its own output by remodeling. When we come off too fast, cutting too big or too often, we are left with those changes unopposed and that causes the withdrawal symptoms. Come off too fast and you are bypassing the body's ability to adapt back.  If you come off really slowly, hopefully the body can adjust as you go so that when you finally come off there isn't much left to do.  But that's just it, you must listen to your body on this.  If you are experiencing any kind of unpleasant symptoms, you ought not do a cut, because that means your system isn't keeping up and doing another cut will put you further behind the ball!  So, only cut if you are feeling decent, and please give yourself a few weeks between cuts.  Sometimes we even have to hold for a cut cycle and let the system get further caught up because the continuous cutting has the nervous system scrambling, and a big blowout could happen any time due to the pace overtaking the healing!  If you do find yourself overtaken, you can reinstate to the last amount you were feeling good on.  

    You are experiencing "rebound insomnia" because the mirt was sedating (big histamine block, like antihistamines that make you drowsy) and by taking away that block, you are left with the body's push back in the other direction.  If you can suffer through, the body will eventually get caught up, but that can take a long time, usually longer than people can stand to be without sleep!  Lack of sleep makes everything else feel even worse.

    It blows my mind how much variation there is between people coming off this drug, some having such a terrible time and others skating right long no big deal.  It probably has something to do with how we metabolize medications, genetics determining that for each of us.

    Good luck!

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    Thx everyone, I took some sleeping tablets last night and feeling less anxious today. I think the insomnia makes everything feel so much worse... hoping this is the start of better days
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