I have trouble sleeping and a friend offered me one.
Mirtazapine is used mainly for the treatment of depression. Feeling sleepy is a very common side effect, which is why some people find that it helps them sleep. Insomnia and abnormal dreams have also been reported as side effects.
It certainly makes me sleep! I take 30mg a night and if I accidentally take one in morning instead of some of my other pills I can't keep eyes open and will fall asleep on feet and even into a plate of stew once!
However, there are other options that are probably better to try first so as to avoid having to take a new drug. Especially with mirtazapine which is somewhat "fattening" as I found to my cost... the 30 mins or so it takes to kick in when I'm lying in bed I'm so ravenous I can eat 1kg or more of galaxy, even on a full stomach. Fortunately I work out like mad so the impact hasn't been too severe.
Also, it doesn't do it for everyone - a family member of mine took some for a redeye flight and it didn't even make her a tiny bit sleepy.
So - it might work, it might not, but I'd head down the non-drug route first e.g. relaxation techniques, taped hypnosis etc and only after trying all that start thinking about discussing it with your doctor. I would be surprised if they chose mirtazapine as a hypnotic since its main indication is for depression... however all doctors are different!
Good luck in your insomnia war!
I have been on Mirtazapine for about 2 1/2 years and it is wonder-drug for me. I was having trouble sleeping after I quit drinking and my MD recommended it, to go along with my Celexa. I normally take it about an hour before I want to go to sleep. It is amazing. I didn't think it was possible for me to fall asleep in my recliner without the aid of a 12 pack, but it is quite the norm for me now. I never take it too early, because if I take it and the opportunity isn't there for me to go to sleep, it makes me irritable and cranky. kinda like a child. I did develop a bit of restless leg syndrome, at times, but my Dr. increased my dosage to 30 mg. nightly. I was on it for nearly 2 years before the RL syndrome started and it was a very infrequent occurrence anyhow. Also, my MD told me that he has had a few patients, who have slept anywhere from 18 to 24 hours straight after taking it the first time or 2. (Very Rare) You'll sleep like a baby and you'll wake up refreshed and end up saying to yourself... "God I'm glad I found this Miracle Pill."
I have been taking mirtazapine for a few years now. To begin with, I took 15mg, and from the first night it made me sleep. So much so, that I only took it for a couple of months, as it had returned my sleep pattern to normal after years of insomnia. However, a year later, I was having sleep problems again, and was prescribed it again. This was three years ago, and I made the mistake of remaining on the tablet for this time, instead of only taking it for a couple of months, as before. After several months, the 15mg no longer worked, so the doctor prescribed 30mg, which worked for another year. Now, the effect of mirtazapine has stopped working, even though I am now taking 45mg, plus zolpidem on some nights, yet I am still unable to sleep at all, and can go three nights without any sleep. I would therefore recommend mirtazapine only as a short-term solution.
I have been on Mirtazapine for 2 months and oh yes it definately helps you sleep!! Some nights i sleep for up to 12 hours , and it does make you a little drowsy when you wake up. But if its sleep you need this will definately do it.
hi there, all you can do is try it and see how it works for you. Personally for me it doesnt help me sleep and ive been taking it for years. My GP put me on it as it helps with weight gain and im a slim/fit build so it helps with appetite for me personally but does nothing to help me sleep. But I also take xanax and that helps ! good luck, there is nothing worse than not getting any sleep... hope it works for you
Hello broom. Just like to add this, that I've been on mirtazapine for just over 3 years or so. The vast majority of times it will help me to get a few hours sleep. ( I have severe insomnia) The sedating effects, is the reason its almost always prescribed at or around ones bedtime. The very best wishes to you,
mirtazipine defo makes u sleep but only take them if ur doctor has given them 2 u. i have been on them for several years so i would not advise u to take them unless perscribed
I've been on these tablets for roughly a year, I lost my 17 year old brother to a tragic accident, which resulted in me being unable to sleep. At 1st I would only take them when I couldn't sleep, but then I split with my husband after 11 years, and the dr told me that they were an anti-depressent and should be taken them regularly. For the last 3 months I've taken them every night, they have always helped me to sleep, but the last 2-3 weeks I'm waking up in the middle of the night, and it has taken me longer to fall asleep to. I am only on the 15mg and am wondering either to come off these tablets, or go and ask for a stronger dose, but I've read on here that it increases your appetite, which I am forever eating, and struggle to lose weight already. I also feel tired all the time. Don't know what to do for the best! Help please x
I been taking 22.5 of mirtazapine for PTSD . I been taking this over a month . im still not sleeping and I have no appetite . PLEASE HELP !
Yes I take 15mg and have been for 1 wk for chronic insomnia. I was a FIFO worker for 5 yrs. It has definitely helped me get my sleep pattern back.
Can any1 tell me if u can take zopiclone with 15mg of mirtazapine please dr said i can take them with promethazine but not sure about zopi havnt had mirtazapine since 2014 n cant rem thanks
Yes. But every day I wake I have a headache!! I don't like this although I would much rather suffer through headaches then having so much trouble sleeping!
Consider mirtazapine if you have intractable insomnia. I'm a recovering alcoholic and my sleep patterns got thoroughly screwed up during my drinking years. mirtazapine 30 milligrams provides the most natural sleep I have ever had in my life. I sleep for eight hours and wake refreshed the way I did when I was teenager. It's so much better than benzos. Doctors may be reluctant to prescribe because of the chance of weight gain. I did gain weight because it gave me the munchies. But it leveled off at about a 7-pound gain. But it did level off!!! And you may feel completely zonked for the first two or three days. It's a good idea to start on the weekend. But again, the extreme drowsiness did disappear after a few days for me.
mirtazapine has truly been a wonder drug for me. Please consider it if you have persistent insomnia.
Yes, extremely good!
- Mirtazapine Information for Consumers
- Mirtazapine Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Mirtazapine (detailed)
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