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mirtazapine for Anxiety: Only been on 15 mg for a week now and just upped to 30mg.
Warning do not mix this with alcohol when you first start you will not be able to walk. Take this at night. Fantastic sleep aid and WOW, Such vivid crazy and wonderful dreams. For me so far 10 times better than any SSRI antidepressant. I've probably been taking anxiety medicine for the last 6 years. This medicine should be first line prescription when anxiety is presented. Also taking 300 mg pregabalin at the moment, once a day which I quite like.
I'll rate again in a month or two but for now it's a Definite 10!
mirtazapine for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder: This medicine made me sleep so well and like others found it hard to get out of bed. When I did get up I was in a surreal state of mind very zombie like, pupils so full, looked like I was high. That was on 1/2 so I tried 1/4. The effects did lessen but I still felt weird.
Review by Penelopediamond (taken for 1 to 2 years):
mirtazapine for Depression: After only five days on mirtazapine I thought it was amazing. I was diagnosed with severe depression and was at breaking point. I was reluctant to start taking Mirtazapine because of the negative reviews (weight gain, etc.). The first three days were awful due to the heavy sedation effect, but that wore off sooner each day and by the fifth day I could function normally. In fact I felt loads happier and had tons of energy. Over the next six months I put on a stone in weight and so tried to come off it. But I felt dreadful with terrible insomnia, nausea and depression. I went back onto it after a week, having lost half a stone and have been on it for 18 months. I did not regain the half stone I lost and have controlled my eating better.
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Review by chick765827 (taken for less than 1 month):
mirtazapine for Anxiety: I loved this medication, but sadly after taking it for 2 weeks I had the worst menstrual pain in my life. So I re-tried it after that time of the month and the next menstrual cycle was the same, but this medicine made the panic attacks go away, I slept well, my appetite improved, and my mood lifted. The first week is the worst. On it you feel like a zombie but that goes away. I tried all the SSRI's and they made me SO sick...severe nausea, diarrhea, headaches, sweating, felt crazy, made my panic very severe. I wish so much that I could take Remeron it would have saved my life I am sure I felt great on it except the menstrual side effects and the doctor said I couldn't take it for that reason.
mirtazapine for Depression: I am male aged 55. Suffered from anxiety my entire life. Had been addicted to Ativan 3mg for 30 years. Suffered depression 6 years ago and tried Wellbutrin, Prozac, Lexapro & Buspar. I stopped taking Ativan (on my own) by tapering over 4 months. Then panic attack - fear of heights, and insomnia struck. My doctor prescribed Mirtazapine after hearing my story. Started on 7.5 mg, then 15mg and after 30 days, increased to 30mg. This medicine has worked extremely well for me and that's why I am sharing my story. SSRIs failed. I have been on 30mg for 45 days now and I sleep 8 to 10 hrs, depression gone, and my confidence is back.
Main side effect is lack of energy during the day and anxiety is not completely gone. Give Mirtazapine a chance.
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Remeron (mirtazapine) for Depression: I'm a 43 year old woman and I've been on 30mg Remeron for over 10 years now, it was prescribed for major depression and generalized anxiety disorder. I was NOT sleeping at all, when I first started taking it I was a walking zombi for about 2-3 months (got some much needed sleep) however after that it's like someone opened a window in a dark room. I was feeling 80% normal (prior to taking it I was in the negative) I'll take 80% any day.
You should take it an hour or so before bed time because it has a huge sedative effect and take care in the beginning because its potent to begin with. It takes time for it to start really working so don't be put off by the zombi state, it does go away.
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mirtazapine for Insomnia: I've been taking the 30 mg for about 1 year now. The 15 mg seemed to be insufficient, sadly enough for my sleeping problems.
For those being worried about the weight gain: the medicine itself doesn't make you fat, but your eating habits do. If you can force yourself into a more healthy diet, then you'll find out that your body will adapt.
I take Mirtazapine 30 mg for sleeping aid, and it helps. Off course everyone has once in a while a sleepless night, so don't freak out even when you take this medicine.
At first I was like a walking zombie, but now I feel safe using it. It isn't addictive, my doctor told me. I know it might start to function as some kind of placebo, but I don't care about that.
Good luck out there, where ever you are.
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Review by Try-to-think-positive (taken for 1 to 2 years):
mirtazapine for Insomnia: Mirtazapine helped me! A year ago I was in bad shape due to numerous work related issues. Sleepless nights, pain on the left muscle aside my chest, feeling depressed. After a few days I felt a difference and I started to feel better bit by bit.
I started with 15mg, but upgraded to 30 mg which I use even until today.
Taking this medicine made me realize that my lifestyle was in a worse shape. I didn't do much to relax myself and my endless thoughts kept dominating my mind at night.
In combination, I'm forcing myself to eat healthy and sport as much as I can. Taking magnesium is also a daily habit.
If you recognize yourself in this, try to stay optimistic. I know it's hard. You have nothing to lose.
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mirtazapine for Depression: Mirtazapine is amazing in the fact that it has no negative effect on libido, and positive if your libido was low due to the depression. I also take ADHD medication so the side effect of hunger is not an unwelcome thing, should note that at higher doses (30mg ) it works more as an antidepressant and around 15mg it has a nice effect on appetite stimulation and sedation to sleep. You don't feel as if you're in a fog, you just feel "balanced" I suppose. You feel emotions but they're not as extreme, doesn't have that zombie effect. Good for keeping a clear head and keeping it up in general.
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mirtazapine for Anxiety: I've been taking the medicine for 1 week now. I read all the stories but for me it works great. I sleep more, less anxious, my appetite now.... check this out I used to wake up starving, eating until I fell back to sleep. Would wake up at 5 every morning like clock work, I hated it. Now on the medicine, I don't wake up hungry.
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Review by ED (aka still sad) (taken for less than 1 month):
mirtazapine for Depression: In reading through these reviews I really was very skeptical. But.. After close to 1 month I actually have the feeling as described "the veil has lifted" I really feel better!! The increased hunger has subsided, I did cope with that by eating lots of oranges and apples(very filling)! I sleep good and I wake up feeling rested. So... please do not give up.It does work. Concentrate on the good, not the side effects.
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Review by blondie_mcgee (taken for 1 to 6 months):
mirtazapine for Depression: I started taking mirtazapine after becoming suicidal on citalopram. All I do is eat, sleep, and get angry over nothing. My weight has ballooned, I can't do normal day things like talk to friends or anything without screaming or becoming aggressive. I wouldn't advise taking this.
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Review by Anonymous (taken for 6 months to 1 year):
mirtazapine for Insomnia: I started taking 15mg before bedtime about 9 months ago. It really helps me fall asleep within 45 minutes of dosage. For the first month or so my dreams were very lucid and intense, but they have subsided with time. I do not feel drowsy the next morning, but refreshed. I was unaware of the increased appetite side effect until I read more about it lately. I do believe I have experienced that but has not been a real issue. I highly endorse this medicine but would only take before bedtime. It was prescribed to me as a sleep aid so not sure why it would be taken any other time of day.
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Remeron (mirtazapine) for Insomnia: I have been on Remeron for 3.5 years. I started out on 15 mg and now currently on 30mg. I have tried every sleep medication available. This is by far the best medication I have ever been on for sleep. Yes I get the ravenous hunger and it takes about 2 hours to make me sleepy. An hour after I take it is when the hunger kicks in and I eat for the entire day before bed. I have gained about 30 lbs over the time being on it, but it has now tapered off, I hope! However, for me, sleep is so important, so it's a matter of what's more important, the perfect body or being so tired and depressed due to lack of sleep. If you start watching what you eat prior to bed, which I do now and wish I knew or realized this early on, you can help keep the weight.
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mirtazapine for Depression: During the early weeks, insomnia was a problem and Dr was okay with me splitting the 30mg into 15mg morning and 15mg in the evening. Weight gain is my big problem (up 2 sizes). This worried me, so even though this medicine made me feel so much better, I tried to switch to Pristiq-BAD move, anxiety went through the roof. Back onto Mirtazapine and after 6 months dropped to 15mg daily. I felt heaps better and after 6 more months quit again in order to get rid of the weight. Another BAD move. Sure, I lost a few kilos and felt okay for 3 months until the original old stressor loomed and now here I am starting up again. 2wks at 15mg daily, then 2wks at 30mg, I'm not feeling any benefit yet, very depressed and anxious, though getting more sleep.
mirtazapine for Depression: Have been on 15mg for one month. It helped almost immediately with depression and sleep issues; however after ~ 3 weeks I began having trouble tasting food and drinks properly and have a mild but constant bitter taste in the mouth. First two weeks had the voracious appetite,
but it has subsided significantly. I intend to see my Doc this week about the taste bud issue, and may ask him to get me off of Remeron. Also, I've been on Paxil for the past 7 years (20mg at this time) and perhaps the "taste bud" issue is due to the combination of Remeron and Paxil.
Review by Sleepless in Santa Fe (taken for less than 1 month):
mirtazapine for Insomnia: I've been taking Klonopin for several years, but slowly building up a tolerance. Doc suggested trying mirtazapine. Made me very groggy the first night, and I fell asleep quickly. However, I woke several times during the night, and only ended up getting 3-4 hours of sleep (and felt very groggy the next day). I might be experiencing some withdrawal from the Klonopin). Hard to know, but sleep has only gotten worse since the first night, so will likely try something else.
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mirtazapine for Insomnia: I have been taking 30mg for over 90 days now. Due to other medications I was taking for lung cancer and COPD I was lucky to get 2 hrs sleep per night. The first couple of nights was wondering why I taking it. The 3rd night slept like a baby and have ever since. The increased food intake was great for me. I had started losing weight. Have not gained any but able to hold what I had. Works great for me.
Remeron (mirtazapine) for Depression: I have ADHD, OCD, and depression. The moment I took this medication my intrusive thoughts from OCD went away. I am no longer depressed, even when life should be getting me down. Everything seems bearable. I just feel like things are okay, I can make it. I've never felt like this before, really. Most of the time I get overwhelmed with life but I think this medication has pulled me out of the dark hole I was in before. It does make me very hungry and sleepy, I take it in the evenings. It's hard to get up in the morning but coffee fixes that for me. I don't recommend this to someone who can not control their eating habits and gains weight easily.
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Great medicine this. I have just started it due to insomnia and manic depression also impulsive behavior and serious anxiety. It works very well with hardly any serious side effects. I'm so glad because like many others on here I have tried EVERYTHING but its never quite hit the spot. This medicine does it all and I think life may start to have some normality to it. Watch this space.
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mirtazapine for Depression: So far I haven't seen anyone on here that's been on Remeron/Mirtazapine 45mg at night for more than 6 years. I've been on it for 11 years. I was put on this medicine in 2002 after my daughter was born. To save all the details my physical and mental health went out to rest somewhere leaving me in a body and mind that didn't belong to me. They tried me on every medicine available and nothing worked. The negative long term of this has been: weight gain, dizzy sometimes, dehydration and laziness. The positive is it gave me my life back. I like others here have found it's notorious for appetite. I could eat sugar right out of the bowl. I have had to make myself be more disciplined in my eating and exercise. I combat dehydration by keeping a cup of water with ice in it filled and drink on it all during the day. I am also moving into menopause so have to be very careful. I've heard some talk about the nightmares. Yep, have them too but only if I eat sugar before bed. Lay off the food 4 hours before you go to bed and it will get rid of those monsters under your bed. I have post traumatic stress disorder and that causes most of my nightmares. Still my sleep is awesome. I still have some anxiety from time to time but use Klonopin 0.5 to cut the edge off only when needed. I tried going off about 5 years ago and after about 3 days I couldn't sleep, think, or operate at any type of normalcy. I will have to add I also gained a concentration level I never had before. I went from a school drop out that couldn't learn to a 3.9 GPA (40 year old) who loves to read and learn! Compared to all the other stuff out there (and their side effects) I would have to say Remeron has proven to be the very best antidepressant I've ever taken.
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Remeron (mirtazapine) for Depression: I started at Remeron 15mg per day. I started to feel somewhat better at two weeks. Went to 30mg at that point. At 30mg for one week or so, felt appreciably better. I've gained a few pounds (about 4) so that's not too bad. Did not help with sleep. Plagued by insomnia for 3-4 days after starting and/or changing dose. A bit of muddied thinking for a few days after changing dosage. I have severe MDD. I think Remeron will really help. Off to a good start. I especially appreciate the lack of sexual side effects.
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