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Discontinuing Mirtazapine

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I have taken a combination of clonazepam and mirtazapine (doctor's prescription and supervision, of course) for 6+ months now for insomnia and anxiety during a particularly difficult period of time. I have been taking Effexor for ten years, and am currently in the process of switching to Cymbalta; I am familiar with the side effects and withdrawal symptoms of Effexor, but I don't really know what to expect in terms of discontinuing mirtazapine. The highest dose I was on was 45mg a night, then lowered to 30mg for a few weeks, then 15mg for a few more weeks, and I just stopped taking it all together yesterday. I can't say that I ever noticed much of a change due to this medication, but it could be due to taking it along with clonazepam and feeling the effects of both. I have gained some weight, but I have read that this is a common side effect.

Can anyone fill me in on their experiences with coming off of mirtazapine? Anything in particular to expect?

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Hello, it sounds like you weaned yourself off mirtazapine very very well, kudo's to you. You should have already experienced any withdrawal effects if there were going to be any. Since you havent had any withdrawal effects by now and are totally off of it, I think you are past the possibility of any withdrawal effects. I think the weaning down in dosage and finaly stopping worked very well for you and I think you are going to be just fine if nothing has happened yet, you are pretty much now past the point where withdrawal effects would happen.

This is just my thoughts of course and I am not a professional but I think you did a good weaning job....

Good Luck and best wishes.

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Hello, it sounds like you weaned yourself off mirtazapine very very well, kudo's to you. You should have already experienced any withdrawal effects if there were going to be any. Since you havent had any withdrawal effects by now and are totally off of it, I think you are past the possibility of any withdrawal effects. I think the weaning down in dosage and finaly stopping worked very well for you and I think you are going to be just fine if nothing has happened yet, you are pretty much now past the point where withdrawal effects would happen.

This is just my thoughts of course and I am not a professional but I think you did a good weaning job....

Good Luck and best wishes.

And another thanks. Perhaps I should just direct my questions to you! Again, your reply is very much appreciated.

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I had been on 45 mg for the past 10 years and about a month ago, tapered off just like you did...30 mg for 3 weeks, then 15 mg for 2 weeks, then stopped altogher (also under my psychiatrists supervision) and like you, did not have any withdrawal symptoms which I'm really grateful for.

Mirtazapine certainly helped me immensely and I'm grateful for it. That said, I'm equally grateful that it seemed to stop working and that the tapering off process went so immensely well~

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I went from 45mg to nothing with no tapering and had no side effects at all aside from some insomnia for a couple of days. In the majority of cases, Mirtazapine has very little withdrawal symptoms. Great med in that respect.

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