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Anyone got any mirtazapine success stories?   It all seems  to be negative/withdrawal advice on here.  
Ive tried it before but I don't think I gave it enough time!
Other anti depressants like prozac made me more depressed and gave me horrible thoughts.  
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I took it for 10 years and it was one of many tools that helped me immensely.

My daily dose was 45 mg and it, along with individual and group therapy for the first couple years and 12-step meeting thereafter allowed me to function and complete many goals.

In 2011, I wanted to taper off of it and did over a four-month period.  I have been medication-free since July 2011.

I will always be grateful for Remeron -- it was there at my bottom and helped me recover from it.

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Its been the best AD I've ever tried. Straight SSRI's just have never agreed with me. Cymbalta was good for depression but had some real pain in the ass side effects. It helps me sleep and keeps me on a more even keel. I think the weight has crept up ever so slowly the last couple of years though. Might be the mirt, might just be getting older. I'm thinking about trying to go off this summer and see how things go. That would be the second time.

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On 4/11/2016 at 6:30 AM, smithci said:
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Anyone got any mirtazapine success stories?   It all seems  to be negative/withdrawal advice on here.  
Ive tried it before but I don't think I gave it enough time!
Other anti depressants like prozac made me more depressed and gave me horrible thoughts.  
Thanks

So I see you posted this about three months ago; I was just wondering if you gave remeron another try? I've been taking it at different doses for 2+ years. I honestly didn't think it was doing much for me until this week; I ran out of it on Monday, and decided to see how I did without filling my script. It's Thursday, and this week has been a nightmare. Insomnia was worse than ever, couldn't get out of bed in the morning, completely avoided people at all costs...I couldn't even force myself to go to Walmart to get some milk. Went to see a new doc today who not only told me to get back on it immediately, but practically threw a free, three week's supply of it at me  =P  The whole "you don't know what you've got til its gone" thing definitely applies to remeron for me, lol. This week made me realize that. The fact that I never even noticed it doing anything for over two years...well, that's a major positive. It was relieving the worst of my depression, insomnia, and social anxiety without a noticeable "drugged" feeling. Hope some of that helps you to make a decision on your own medication plan!

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Remeron is totally awesome! Guys at Organon Labs are my heroes.

After a life of trying most antidepressants and mood stabilizers on the market, Remeron is what really made me well. I'm taking the famous California Rocket Fuel, together with the amphetamine Venvanse. I feel like I was "kicked" from depression. Now I'm studying to enter university again (I want to get a degree in History), and I'm planning to open my own startup with some friends. I'm also evolved with politics (it's a delicious time to talk about politics in Brazil), I'm also a blogger , and I read a lot and watch many movies. Last week I rented a rouse near Maresias beach and stayed there a few days with friends of mine. I couldn't even imagine myself doing all this when I was at my worse phase.

Back then I just wanted to lay in dark and wait to die. Now life seems delicious, I want to try different things, taste different flavours, be myself, make friends, the world is my playground.

"My life, I wanna live it up"

 

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On 16/09/2017 at 9:57 PM, Jayyyy said:

I started mirtazapine 7.5 for 8 days then went to 15mg 10 days no difference so 18 days total when should I go to 30 MG ? I tried ssris and snris they don't agree with me what do u think mark Hollywood ? 

It's definitely worth trying, ask your Pdoc. It may start working only in a bigger dosage, as with many other antidepressants. I myself take 45mg. With mirtazapine, thankfully, the sedation won't increase along with the dosage.

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On 17/09/2017 at 1:57 AM, Jayyyy said:

I started mirtazapine 7.5 for 8 days then went to 15mg 10 days no difference so 18 days total when should I go to 30 MG ? I tried ssris and snris they don't agree with me what do u think mark Hollywood ? 

Hi Jayyyy & DarkLotus, 

Its great that Mirtazapine is working for you DarkLotus.

Ive personally been on Mirtazapine for over a year and have to say during the time needed it was effective in helping my depression/anxiety symptoms. 

i started on 15mg and over a few months went up to 45mg. 

From my experience, mirtazapine helped with Insomnia and Anxiety more so than depression. 

Although depressive symptoms went down by far, i still had this feeling of numbness within myself which wouldn't go away. 

Mirtazapine also had a lot of side effects which affected me such as weight gain (Put on 20kg in less than 8 months) and feeling like a zombie day and night. 

For the past 4 months i have been trying to stop Mirtazapine due to the side effects, this is much easier said than done. 

Miratazapine withdrawal is one of the most dreadful ordeals someone can experience. 

Coldsweats/Fever/Sickness/Digestive Problems to name a few. 

I wish someone told me the side effects/withdrawal effects when starting this medication.

Although this depends on your tolerance to any side effects which may not even happen at all, remember every person is different and every medication will have different effects on different people.  

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I think the sedation effect is a double-edged sword. Thanks to it, I never have insomnia, I can always sleep without relying on sleeping pills (which are dangerous if taken for a long period of time). But I always wake up feeling awful, like a bad hangover, a sensation that doesn't go away until Vyvanse effect kicks in.

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On 6/2/2016 at 10:01 AM, JD4010 said:

I use it for a sleep aid and it generally works quite well. I feel less anxious the next day after I use it, too.

This is kind of an old post, but I came across this and was wondering - it sounds like you weren't using the Remeron every day, but just as needed? Or am I not reading that right? 

I'm curious because my pdoc just suggested I add it to the Effexor that I'm taking to help with sleep and anxiety. But I seem to cycle between a few days of sleeping too much then a few days of not sleeping at all on Effexor, so I'm wondering if I would be able to take this just on the days I'm not sleeping. Thanks!

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I have been following this thread for a while and had already placed some minor contributions, i decided to share my experience in detail for the reason being that if it helps one person gain a better understanding of mirtazapine it may help their treatment and inevitabilty, their life. 

Have been on Mirtazapine for over a year and a half now. I first was on Citalopram but then have changed multiple medications to Sertraline, Trazadone, Mirtazapine, Agomelatine then back to Mirtazapine. Each change was due to severe side effects and then just ended up going back to Mirtazapine as it was the most stable med. At the point of going back from Agomelatine i was on 45mg Mirtazapine taken per night. which is normally the maximum dose.

Its a medication that takes a getting used to. Initially it helped great with sleep but it really made me feel groggy the next day. On some days i was zoned out and kind of made me feel like a zombie. i couldnt do tasks as quick as i used to and would make more mistakes. What i would say is that in deep depressions it does help with suicidal thoughts or feelings but only up to a certain point. It will may lower the negative feelings but does not help with positive feelings in my experiance.

It made life feel mundane, dismal and just felt like time was passing by. After around the 3 month mark i had also put on a lot of weight due to an increased appeitite, which didnt help as the cravings are for me were at night right after taking a tablet. Over the year i have gone from around  180 lbs to 230 lbs. I felt lethargic and couldnt even do the easiest of tasks. I finally decided to taper down after putting on so much weight, which in my view was chickening me more than treating me due to starting to become obese. 

I started the taper from 45mg to 30mg, and didnt start feeling withdrawl symptoms until a couple of days later. I made it a rule that i would taper according to how my body responds at the time and did not use time as a measurment of when to taper down. The days were terrible, increased feelings of anxiety and negativity, but this time also physical withdrawls with coldsweats and body trembling and flu like symptoms. After a week i had felt recovered enough to halve the amount to 15mg, which was a big step at the time. This time after one day was the effects were felt like the first but thrice as suffering. I would sometimes add 15mg mirtazapine on somedays to help with the withdrawls, which actually worked. But when stepping down it would continue and for some reason got harder and harder as i tapered down. It took me around 2 months to get to 7.5mg

I ended up at 7.5mg tapering down to 0mg. which is the position i have been in up until today. Its been too hard to stop cold turkey for some reason. the coldsweats, flu like symptoms and overall illness is too much suffering for me to quit. I saw a fairly good weight loss of a few pounds when tapering down but after that it hasnt been anything (apart some toning of muscles maybe). I am still around 230lbs. 

My summary of mirtazapine would be that its good in crisis situations, but be wary that you may become immune to life and all feelings/emotions. You know when your upset, sometimes its good to cry. mirtazpine stops the crying and physiological aspects, but that lingering thought of being worthless was still there for me. but this time at a more unfocused and dazed kind of way. I dont regret taking mirtazapine but i feel the medication has taken a part of my life i will never get back.

I am currently getting physical blood testing done to make sure their are no underlying causes for my depression. I feel to mention this at the end as i would everyone to take this into consideration when intially getting diagnosed. hormone level checks and other physical body tests can be as effective in working out the underlying causes rather than a doc or PDoc just prescribing antidepressants. if the physical health conditions are causing the symptoms, than no amount of SSRI or any AD will cure, they may just mask your bodys signals to yourself. 

Please understand that i am not saying that everyone who suffers does due to physiological reasons. I just want people to be aware that it can be a possibility. People underestimate how indirectly linked our organs are with each other and how linked our endochrine system is with our brain. Hormones play a major part in how we feel but there are many other reasons for depression. 

Unfortunatly a lot of doctors in my experiance in the past have just prescribed AD's and basically told me its a waiting game. 

Anyone that is suffering majorly and feels like a burden to their friends/family/society. Remember that there is always good even in the worst of times. Depression and Anxiety have taught me more about self awareness and me as a person. It has also helped me be more resillient, i have my ups and downs and through each battle although feeling fractured, my 'bones' are getting stronger each time. strengthning the foundations of my mind which, godwillingly, will make me the most strongest version of myself. 

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It helped me, but it made me so sleepy I couldn't even move. I wanted to sleep all the time . I couldn't get out of bed. My doctor told me its a great drug for depression and anxiety, and I did notice a relief of symptoms from it, while I was on it, but I couldn't get out of bed, so I had no choice but to quit it. I mean I couldn't even get myself to get out of bed to take a shower, that's how sleepy it made me. Other than that I would recommend it. I had a good experience with it , aside from the sleepiness.

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I took 45 milligrams at night right before bed and it really helped me.  Now, the first few days were sort of a blur and I slept a LOT.  But after that it was fine.  I was also taking Lexapro for anxiety and depression at the time and just used the Mirtazapine for sleep.

Once I quit taking the Lexapro, I continued with the Mirt. for awhile but then just decided I didn't need it for sleep any more. I didn't have any problems stopping but I wasn't on it for very long - like about 6 months maybe?

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