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Mirtazapine - help!

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zerolibido Tue 16-Jun-09 18:48:58

I have just changed from fluoxetine prescribed for depression to mirtazapine. The fluoxetine helped but gave me terrible insomnia so my doc changed my presription to mitazapine which i have only been taking for a week. I feel terrible, like a total zombie. I just want to sleep all the time & my brain is in a total muddle. Is this normal? I dont know what to do if i should keep taking it or not. Please help

Devendra Tue 16-Jun-09 18:59:10

Are you taking it in the evening? Thats when you should be taking it. It does have sedative properties unlike fluoxetine which is alerting. Sometimes side effects take a week or two to settle.. personally I would give it another few days then go back to the GP. Sometimes it takes a few tries to get medication right.
Good luck.

PeppermintPatty Tue 16-Jun-09 19:15:41

What dose are you on?

TBH it had this effect on me too - and it didn't completely go away even after months of taking it.

I found a lower dose better (anything more than 15mg and I can't get out of bed in the morning).

And take it last thing a night.

zerolibido Tue 16-Jun-09 20:47:00

Taking 15mg at bedtime. It completely knocks me out almost straight away & for a good 8-10 hours

onepieceofcremeegg Tue 16-Jun-09 20:49:41

I agree with what Devendra says. Also I would add that if you (and your GP) are finding it tricky to find a suitable ad, perhaps you could ask for an appt to see a psychiatrist, just to have your medication reviewed.

If there is no improvement in a week, then I would definitely go back to the GP (or sooner if you are feeling worse)

SM13 Wed 17-Jun-09 20:27:12

Hi zerolibido,

I have been on it for 4 months now and am currently coming off it.
Was on 15mg for first week and then 30mg at bedtime thereafter.

They helped with the depression, sleeping and eating! However, now I feel better the muddled head, brain not working is getting me down, especially when i'm at work! I didn't have bad anxiety at first but feel I am worse now - probably me tho!

You do get use to the muddled head , especially as your mood lifts. The Doctor has now prescribed me Dosulepin AD, although my CBT counsellor says I don't need it!

I guess you have to look at the pros and cons, I had the worst reaction to Citalopram so thought Mirtazapine was okay when I went back on it!

Hope You get on okay.

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