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#1 Ocracoker16

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Posted 02 August 2004 - 08:43 PM

Awhile back I took Remeron for sleep in addition to depression and anxiety.  I already had dry mouth from other meds and was treating it with specialty dental products.  Remeron made it much worse.  I woke up in the night needing water which defeated its purpose as a sleep aid.

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Posted 29 July 2004 - 01:28 PM

I am taking Remeron simply as a sleep aid.  I take a very low dose - I have 15 mg pills, and I take 1/4 to 1/2 a pill -- so that's 3.75 to 7.5 mg.  At this dose, I get sleepy within 20 minutes and sleep pretty well through the night.  Without it, I don't sleep well at all!

I take Effexor XR (300 mg) and Zoloft (50 mg) to ward off depression.

Just thought I'd see if anyone else is using Remeron as a sleep aid.  :hearts:
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Posted 30 July 2004 - 10:30 PM

I tried Remeron as a sleep aid for awhile. It let me sleep great, but made me eat like a whale and gain weight like crazy. I couldn't stand that part. Now I'm taking trazodone as a sleep aid, but I have to keep it to 100 mg or I'm a zombie the next day.
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Posted 01 August 2004 - 04:19 PM

Hi, l take remoran for a sleep aid as well, half to 15mgs is what l have been taking. It works great for me to, but it does make me feel hungry all the time. I take it with Paxil as well, l might start weening of the remoran, l am gaining alot of weight. But it helps with sleeping soooo much. what to do? :hearts:

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Posted 01 August 2004 - 09:03 PM

I can confirm that many people are taking Remeron as a sleep aid.

I tried to use it for depression several years ago, but unfortunately it didn't work at all, too weak for me.

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Posted 04 August 2004 - 01:40 AM

just started taking remeron about 1 week....seemed to be making me feel better, 15 mgs, good sleep, but I fell back into the abyss again today, depressed and slept all afternoon.  Guess I need to give it more time...anyone have any other experiences?

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Posted 05 August 2004 - 09:57 AM

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It took four  weeks for remeron to help with anxiety and 10weeks for the AD effect to kick in.

Good Luck!

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Posted 06 August 2004 - 01:31 PM

ten weeks for the ad effect? I wonder if I simply didn't give it long enough.

I would be prepared to use a very low dose again as a sleep aid in conjunction with prozac if my doc would allow it, which he probably wouldn't, sigh.
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Posted 07 August 2004 - 05:59 AM

I take 45mgs of Remeron to help me sleep....

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Posted 07 August 2004 - 10:12 AM

Hiya Raying and welcome to the forums! Have you tried any other doses or remeron? I recall reading somewhere, dunno if it's true, that the lower a dose you take, the more sedating it actually is .. bizarre! Do you find it works as an anti depressant as well? More and more people seem to be using it solely as a sleep aid.
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Posted 07 August 2004 - 10:52 AM

I actually had the opposite affect.  If I take any more than 15mg I am in a coma.  Which sucks, because now I have to find a new AD because 15mg remeron isn't doing enough for me. :hearts:

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Posted 07 August 2004 - 02:07 PM

Hiya Raying and welcome to the forums! Have you tried any other doses or remeron? I recall reading somewhere, dunno if it's true, that the lower a dose you take, the more sedating it actually is .. bizarre! Do you find it works as an anti depressant as well? More and more people seem to be using it solely as a sleep aid.

Thanks for the welcome Josephine...It is also and anti depressant for me but its main purpose for me is a sleep aid....

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Posted 08 August 2004 - 09:23 AM

To be honest I didn't find it worked very well for my depression ;). Do you have any side effects?
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Posted 08 August 2004 - 04:14 PM

I take 30mg Remeron before bed. I started sleeping completely through the night from day 1. I used too stay up for days. I started Remeron because I just didn't feel sleepy at all :bump:. The dreams are crazy and fun, sometimes sleeping is more entertaining than being awake.

I also take 200mg Provigil and 60mg Strattera in the morning, I know without those, I wouldn't be able to stand. I stopped taking 200mg Lamictal 2 days ago because I developed a "Mysterious  Rash :hearts:", behind my right leg.

It took about 8 weeks for the anxiety effects to kick in. It felt like there was a dark rainy cloud over my head, but after stopping the lamictal, depression went away :D . Oh yea... I gained alot of weight the first 3 weeks, but I lost all of it + 10 pounds shortly thereafter. I guess Remeron slows your down your metabolism at first, but when your body catches up, you burn fat like a furnace.

Remeron is wonderful, I hope this helps.
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Posted 09 August 2004 - 09:07 AM

Hi and welcome! I am glad to read such a postive review :)
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Posted 11 August 2004 - 10:16 PM

remeron will make you sleep alot!

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Posted 19 August 2004 - 09:34 AM

hi there, heh I've never even heard of most of the things you are on :) I am on prozac too though and, whilst it's very effective, I also feel tired all the time :(
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Posted 18 August 2004 - 04:25 AM

I was on Remeron for 4 days, then I could not take it anymore. At 15 mg I was not getting any sleep, plus I had horrible nightmares. I would wake up from the nightmare and still have hallucinations from the nightmare, but I could not move. I was so excited to start Remeron, because I heard so many good things about it. Now I am back on Trazedone 300mg for sleep and I get pretty good sleep. :hearts:

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Posted 18 August 2004 - 05:13 AM

I was on Remeron for 4 days, then I could not take it anymore. At 15 mg I was not getting any sleep, plus I had horrible nightmares. I would wake up from the nightmare and still have hallucinations from the nightmare, but I could not move. I was so excited to start Remeron, because I heard so many good things about it. Now I am back on Trazedone 300mg for sleep and I get pretty good sleep. :hearts:

Sorry to hear that.. I've gotten those weird episodes where I dream when i'm half awake. It can get pretty scary, the best thing to do is use your mind powers (lol I sound like a nut) and try wiggling your toes and work from there until you have regained complete consciousness. I don't think it's a hallucination because i've never heard things that weren't there, it's just like a really vivid looking dream.

The above only happens when I drink lots of coffee in the day and then take a nap before it's time for bed. I'm now off the Remeron though. My Doc. dropped the Remeron and Lamictal and added Abilify and Prozac.

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I'm now taking 80mg Strattera, 10mg Abilify, 200mg Provigil and 20mg Fluoxetine (Prozac). The sad thing is that i'm DEAD TIRED  :sleepy: and literally sleeping 23 Hours a day. I'm lucky I have a good roomate, cause if it weren't for her, I probably would be too tired to get up and eat. I've been like this for, well I think today's my 7th day (i've lost track of time).

Can anyone help me? I just got discharged from my current Doc. to a doctor closer to home. I haven't met my new one yet, so I have no one to talk to about this. If someone is kind enough to cut this post from those "dashed lines" on top to where this might already be being discussed I would be so greatful.

I'm SO tired I barely have the energy to type  :sniffle1:, please help....lol
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Posted 09 January 2006 - 11:11 PM

Does the tolerance to the sedation that remeron produces change a lot with a growth in tolerance over time? If anyone has experienced that how long did it take

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Posted 10 January 2006 - 12:06 PM

I was on Remeron for a couple of months, and the tiredness/sleepiness decreased when I increased the dosage (for some reason, Remeron works that way - higher doses produce fewer side-effects). It always helped me sleep, and that effect didn't diminish; unfortunately, for me, the daytime fatigue also didn't decrease and I had to discontinue it. For many people, though, the side-effects do diminish over time. It's a very individual response.
I'm curious as to why you're asking - what's your situation?
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Posted 10 January 2006 - 10:09 PM

I was on Remeron for a couple of months, and the tiredness/sleepiness decreased when I increased the dosage (for some reason, Remeron works that way - higher doses produce fewer side-effects). It always helped me sleep, and that effect didn't diminish; unfortunately, for me, the daytime fatigue also didn't decrease and I had to discontinue it. For many people, though, the side-effects do diminish over time. It's a very individual response.
I'm curious as to why you're asking - what's your situation?
Wishing you well...

Thanks for asking! I recently was prescribed Remeron for problems with sleeping at night, or the lack of it for that matter. As of today (1/10/06), it is the third day I have been taking this medication. I take one 15mg Remeron every night and from my experience so far of three nights taking it has been interesting. It seems that my sleep has improved somewhat, and I feel less stress in the day and much less anxiety (the kind that keeps me up at night), however I still am curious as to how this medication will change in its effects (fatigue, slightly diminished coordination, and of course better and more steady mood), and the tolerance to the goal effects I want from it (more sleep and more sleep efficiency). I find it interesting that Remeron produces less side effects when the doese is increased. Are their other drugs that work this way or is Remeron one of a kind in that sense?
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Posted 10 January 2006 - 11:45 PM

I find it interesting that Remeron produces less side effects when the doese is increased. Are their other drugs that work this way or is Remeron one of a kind in that sense?

Remeron is the only med I'm aware of that works this way.
As to how you'll react to it over time, it's a very individual response. I hope you do well on it, and reach and maintain your goals.
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Posted 11 January 2006 - 12:01 AM

Thanks Lizard. I appreciate the support. My doctor reccomended that I stick with taking Remeron for at least two weeks before I decide whether this type of med is best for me. I usually am one to make quick decisions/opinions about a medication after beginning the regimen, but I am going to be patient with it as Remeron has what seems to be a somewhat unique "effects curve" over time. It is the first of its class, which is a relatively new one if I'm not mistaken. Hope the best for you as well

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Posted 11 January 2006 - 02:20 PM

I find Remeron is excellent for a sleep aid and if taken at an appropriate time can really reduce the amount of anxiety and stress.

I'll have to ask someone if it can be taken irregularly as a sleep aid but I am using other methods as a sleep aid like putting honey in decaffeinated tea.

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Posted 11 February 2006 - 01:05 AM

I take Remeron (Mirtazapine) for sleep aid also, but more or less the depression, stress, and the wieght gain effect. I take it usually irregulare and in 30 minutes then I am down for the count for the rest of the night. I am very happy with this medication.

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Posted 11 February 2006 - 12:09 PM

Good to hear it's working so well for you!
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Posted 27 March 2006 - 04:11 PM

I am taking Remeron simply as a sleep aid.  I take a very low dose - I have 15 mg pills, and I take 1/4 to 1/2 a pill -- so that's 3.75 to 7.5 mg.  At this dose, I get sleepy within 20 minutes and sleep pretty well through the night.  Without it, I don't sleep well at all!

I take Effexor XR (300 mg) and Zoloft (50 mg) to ward off depression.

Just thought I'd see if anyone else is using Remeron as a sleep aid.  :hearts:

remeron is great for sleep
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Posted 03 April 2006 - 09:56 AM

Ive been on remeron for 4 years, and i find it helps me sleep as long as im not overly stressed out at the time. Im on a 30mg dose, and i still get episodes of depression but find that 45mg gives me to many side effects. Besides although im prone to depression in the summer months, its mostly in the winter months i get down now so i just put it down to a bit of possible SAD.

It does make me eat more, but then ive always had a liking for food and a symtpom of SAD is food cravings (which i do get in the winter months, usually for chocolate, cheese and carbs) so ive no idea if its me, SAD or the remeron. At the same time during the summer months i have been on a healthy eating plan and lost the weight, so whatever it is it can be controlled when my mood is not low.

I also suffer with an anxiety and panic disorder, which is not as bad as it used to be, but i have found the sedative effects of remeron has helped with that too.

It doesnt stop the depression entirely but it does take the edge off. On 30 mg i have had relatively few side effects if any.

i like remeron.
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Posted 10 October 2008 - 09:30 AM

Ive been on remeron for 4 years, and i find it helps me sleep as long as im not overly stressed out at the time. Im on a 30mg dose, and i still get episodes of depression but find that 45mg gives me to many side effects. Besides although im prone to depression in the summer months, its mostly in the winter months i get down now so i just put it down to a bit of possible SAD.

It does make me eat more, but then ive always had a liking for food and a symtpom of SAD is food cravings (which i do get in the winter months, usually for chocolate, cheese and carbs) so ive no idea if its me, SAD or the remeron. At the same time during the summer months i have been on a healthy eating plan and lost the weight, so whatever it is it can be controlled when my mood is not low.

I also suffer with an anxiety and panic disorder, which is not as bad as it used to be, but i have found the sedative effects of remeron has helped with that too.

It doesnt stop the depression entirely but it does take the edge off. On 30 mg i have had relatively few side effects if any.

i like remeron.



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Posted 10 October 2008 - 09:47 AM

Hello All,

I have been having problems with going to sleep and even not sleeping at all.
I have in the past had issue with staying asleep and would take a small amount of Imovane to get back off.
I have been having major anxiety lately. I think it's mostly from lack of sleep so my Dr. prescribed Remeron.
I took 15mg last night for the first time.
I was asleep very quickly. However, I only slept for 4 hours and woke up. It's very hard to get in to see my Dr. and was wondering if anyone here has had a similar experience and what they did to get a full night say 6-8 hours. Would decreasing the dose do that? I have read that Remeron works kinda in reverse that way. Less = more drowsy. Does that equate to longer sleep?
Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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Posted 10 October 2008 - 06:29 PM

I have experienced with Avanza in the dosage from 15mg up to 135 mg now. After awhile, it's not sedating anymore, it only calms me down, escpecially when combined with 300mg Seroquel which is I think
5 times more sedating than Avanza.

Some of my friends that I met when I was hospitalised also took Avanza 15 mg for sleep. They say it only worked for 2 hours, then they would get up off bed again at nite time.

For me, the doc combined both Avanza 135mg and Seroquel 300mg, and I have been on it since 2005, and can't sleep without it !

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Posted 29 April 2012 - 01:32 PM

Hi,

I know this is an old post, so I'm not sure if anyone is still watching.

Anyway, I started Remeron a week ago Monday at 7.5mg before bed. I didn't get too drowsy like some people get, but I did sleep like 8 hours and felt refreshed in the morning. Best sleep I had in months. My anxiety was kept at bay, but I think that was only because I had just tapered off Lexapro (on it for 4 weeks), and it was helping with anxiety and I'm sure it was still in my system.

Anyway, the next two nights on Remeron I sleep pretty good, started having vivid dreams, some times you do feel like you are partially away but yet you are dreaming. Still felt pretty refreshed in the morning, anxiety at bay, etc.... After 3 nights on 7.5mg, I went to 15mg. Same deal with sleep, mood and anxiety. After a few days on 15mg, I started feeling really good mood wise. Not sure if that was from the better sleep, or if Remeron was kicking in. I did come of Lexapro and that started to give me back a more positive mood as it had flatlined my emotions. Also, the weather was nice and I was at the beach, so that I'm sure all helped make me more happy. The next two days, still slept and felt a decent mood. But, then the following day, I woke up felt pretty good, but by the afternoon, I my mood dropped big time, my anixety came back, I couldn't sleep etc... Was this caused by remeron, or was I now experiencing Lexapro withdrawal side-effects? Not sure... The next two days not good, the following two days I felt a little better, but still had a lot of uncontrollable anxiety which makes me feel uncomfortable. I did try 30mg Remeron one night, and that seemed to help my mood the next day, still had anixety, but then I tried 15mg again the following night, and still feel about the same. I think I will stick to 15mg for a while longer before going back up to 30mg. I really want the effect of sleep it can have at the lower doses, but I also need help with anxiety and depression. So, is 15mg enough to cover all?

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