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going off mirtazapine

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I am going off these meds as they did not help at all.

I am changing onto paxil which i used to take for a number of years. better the devil you know!

Ihave cut down to about half and am feeling really anxious. could this be just withdrawal?

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Dela,

Yes anxiety is a withdrawal effect of this med..

Theres a few other mebers doing the same as you at the moment...katrinasurvivor has set up a thread in the other medications forum..there could be some helpful info there and also another means of support.

Hope this is of some help.

Kind regards

SO6

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Yes it could be connected with the dosage change

I hope you have had some advice from your doctor to help you reduce your meds -

good luck I myself have just reduced and stopped taking a medication so I can start a new one :) and I got very anxious at times - some of that could have been knowing I was loosing the meds support and some of that my condition

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Since my post earlier i have also been feeling nausea. So i think it's the withdrawal. I have dropped from 45 to 15. a bit too quick i think. may go back up to 30 for a few days and then reduce from there.

thanks for you help.

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I usually taper off meds very slowly. You might consider, after a few days at 30 mg, alternating 30 mg/15 mg for a while, then down to 15, then take 15 mg every other day... check with your doc, of course.

Good luck!

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Dela,

I agree with lizard and viv...listen to your body and come off them at the rate thats going to work best for you,after all theres no time limit to this.

Hopefully going down to 30 will be better..good luck... :hearts:

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still feeling really anxious.

i have tapered right down to 7.5. and have started onto the paxil/seroxat. fingers crossed

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still feeling really anxious.

i have tapered right down to 7.5. and have started onto the paxil/seroxat. fingers crossed

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(still feeling really anxious.

i have tapered right down to 7.5. and have started onto the paxil/seroxat. fingers crossed ............)

Hope you have a better day today. I came off Remeron about 2 wks. ago. I tried to taper, but my SE just got worse. So I stopped cold turkey. I do not recommend this unless your pdoc is aware. Remeron was not a good drug for me, & it took a long time to get rid of the SE when I first started increasing it to finally taking 45 mgm. at bedtime! I'm one of the few people who did not get sleepy with Remeron. I still needed to take Klonopin to get to sleep at nite. Then when the Remeron kicked in, I felt like I had been unconscious for the 8 hrs. I slept! The one good thing about Remeron.........it cleared my sinus problem up, but again not worth the other SE that it caused. Now my sinusitis is back, but no other SE! You win a few, you lose a few. dede

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thanks dede

i am finally off the remeron. and am on 20 mg of paxil/seroxat.

i do feel really anxious which i think is a side effect of withdrawal. horrible, but i hope it won't last too long.

what sort of se's did you have from stopping?

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I realize you didn't ask me, but I just wanted to relate my experience in the hope it might help someone. I stopped taking Zoloft AND Remeron cold turkey. Thinking back, I'm sure that was not a wise thing to do. I didn't talk to my Dr., I just did it. I was nauseous, I itched from my head to my feet, and I barely had the strength some days to raise my arms. This lasted I think for about two weeks and I also had what I call brain zaps. My daughter told me they were electrical charges in your brain. At first I didn't even know what they were, but they are not fun. Does anyone know what I am talking about? It was like if there was a tiny little bird sitting inside your ear, chirping in your head. Does that make any sense? But that is what it felt like.

BTW, I did pretty good for a couple of years and finally had to go back on Zoloft for panic attacks. My best advice: Don't mess around with drugs on your own. By all means talk to your Dr. before making any decisions about your meds.

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My best advice: Don't mess around with drugs on your own. By all means talk to your Dr. before making any decisions about your meds
Good advice! And you're always welcome to join in the discussion at any time!

You described the 'brain zaps' well. I've had them, too.

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I am discontinuing Remeron too.I was taking 30mg's a day and my doc said to take 15 mg's/day for 3 weeks and then I have to go see her again and discuss the next steps to take.I gained 30 lbs on the Remeron and I have stretch marks all over my body and it is very unpleasant.I won't wear shorts in public and I have yet to go swimming which is one of my favorite activities in the summer time.I did weight watcher for 2 months and lost 17 lbs which was great but I quit the program for 3 weeks and gained 4 lbs in the first 4 days of not doing weight watchers and haven't weighed myself since. I don't think the Remeron is really helping all that much, except for helping me sleep good at night.I hope I don't get insomnia from the dosage decrease.Once I quit it altogether I am going to start with weight watchers again and really focus on losing weight again. For now I am just trying to excercise daily.

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Good luck coming off the remeron, c. girl. I, too, have been on it since dec. 2005. It has been a great relief in that I sleep so so well, in general, but also feel quite sedated and "vacant brained" a lot of the day. I have been on a multitude of meds for my depression/anxiety in the past year and a half (about 16 to be exact) and remeron is the least offensive of all. However, the sedation stinks and at some point I will try to get off of it. And I can totally relate to the weight gain! I have NEVER had a weight problem and always been trim and fit. I gained 15 pounds in the first 2 months (and this was with watching my food intake and probably eating less than normal)! And now it is summer time and I feel like a big flab of fat in my bathing suit and shorts. I've had to buy new clothes and basically really watch what it eat. This is tremendously challenging as remeron , for me, really makes me so so hungry!

Please keep us posted on your taper and to all the others, please keep us posted.

Best of luck to everyone. This is not an easy life ...... depression/anxiety not easily treated with meds, but I just take it one step at a time.

peace,

gigi

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Hi gigi,

Thanks for the support.It sure is difficult to find a med that works well.Remeron is the 5th medication I have tried for depression. I can't believe you have tried 16 meds in the last year and a half! That is so terrible.Well I mean it's good that you are trying to relieve your depression instead of trying to ignore it. Good for you for keeping on trying.

Well, I took 15 mg's last night instead of the usual 30 and I had the worst insomnia ever. I didn't get to sleep until 7 am this morning.I feel very out of sorts today.It was also the hottest night of the year so far last night and it was terrible trying to sleep in this heat.We dont know if we are allowed air conditioners at our place so we have been suffering.But we are going to find out today because we do actually have an air conditioner and it really is the time to use it!

I dont know if I will take 15mg's again or go back to 30.Doc said I could alternante between the two.I just hope the insomnia gets better over the next few days.

Well I'll keep everyone posted on my progress cause I know its helpful for others to know how to quit remeron and what to expect. :hearts:

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The heat can really make sleeping impossible, so I hope you get your AC. Can you take something to help you sleep as you are tapering off? Everyone's bodies are different, but I know that ativan helps me when I need it for sleep. Also, maybe you can split your remeron pills and take 22.5 mg from the 30 mg, instead of going from 30 to 15? I know it is challenging. My times of taper from one med to another have been very trying. (which is one reason I am just sticking on this remeron for now..... but at some point I need to get off of it)

Good luck and thanks for keeping us posted. We are all rooting for you!

gigi

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Guess what?? We are allowed to have an air conditioner, Yay!!!!! We hooked it up this afternoon and hopefully we will be able to sleep better tonight! I took 15 mg's again tonight and I am keeping my fingers crossed that I will be able to sleep good tonight.

I do have both lorazepam and clonazepam if I need to sleep .I only usually take those if I absolutely have to cause I am afraid of getting addicted to them.But its nice to know they are there for emergencies!

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dela: Just curious on how you are doing on the Paxil. That is the only med that ever worked for me. I stopped it and now it no longer works. Just wanted to see if you are having the same situation.

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Hei everyone!

i am new here. i am taking remeron about 4 weeks ago.i have to tell you this is the best med. i ever tried.

but i become soo fat, and thats my only problam.

there is anyone who know what to do about it? i am allways soo hungry::::: :hearts:

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The weight gain is not fun.... What I try to do is snack on low calorie foods when i have the hunger pangs. I eat hard boiled eggs, small bits of nuts, yogurts, fruits, raw veges. I recently discovered delicious frozen chocolate bars which are sugar free and only have 60 calories per bar. I have totally stopped eating sugar and sweets and this really helps as I don't crave it as much.

Good luck!

By the way, how are you doing on your taper, Canadian girl?

peace,

gretchen

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Welcome, gyuri :hearts:

I find exercise helps a lot to curb my appetite.

Glad to hear the Remeron is helping you to feel better!

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I have been suffering from depression on and off for the last 5 years.

I have been on Zispin (Mirtazapine) for over a year and I have to say the drug was brilliant at the start.

As time has gone on it has stopped having effect and the drug has also made me feel completely lifeless - I find it really difficult talking to people I know (good friends and work colleagues) and I feel completely emotionless.

I decided enough was enough so I spoke to my GP who decided to try me on a new med.

I have been coming off 45mg for the last 10 days - 7 days on 30mg and am now taking 15mg for the next 7 days.

Has anyone else experienced the feeling of being completely emotionless whilst on this med?

The last 10 days have been really tough and I am worrying about everything and nothing (hopefully this is part of the coming off process).

I am later this week starting a new med called 'Dosulepin', has anyone else tried this med?

Regards

Warnez

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I'm sorry the mirtazapine pooped out for you, Warnez. Hopefully the new med will help.

Has anyone else experienced the feeling of being completely emotionless whilst on this med?
The last 10 days have been really tough and I am worrying about everything and nothing

Yes I've felt emotionally flat on some of the more sedating ADs. And I do think that some of the worrying you're experiencing may well be an effect of discontinuing the med.

While I haven't taken Dosulepin (it's generic name is dothiepin), I have taken other meds in the same AD category (tricyclic antidepressants, or TCAs) with some success. You might want to ask if anyone has experience with it in the 'other meds' room.

I wish you the best with this change!

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Thanks Lizard, I will give the 'other meds' room a try.

Warnez

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Right when i was on zispin 30mg for a year in 2004, when i stopped taking it i had a constant worry that i wouldnt be able to sleep without them, i used to shake and get frustrated alot, but that soon went... I recently started it again but i stayed on 15mg and i have stopped them a week ago and i havnt really had any withdrawl symptoms... They really did help me through my episodes of depression. This time i was only on them 2 and half months and my doctor said it is up to me if i stop them and to be honest i think i am ready, but i do have a supply just incase i have a break down again....

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