Mirtazapine - My psychologist has rescribed Mitrazapine - not started taking it yet as I have?
Added 3 Oct 2012:
My psychiatrist has prescribed Mirtazapine 30 mg for anxiety & depression in combination with Venlafaxine (been on Venlafaxine for 10 m). I am scared to take it because I have previously taken two other anti-anxiety medications (Olanzapine 2.5 mg, then Quetiapine 25mg) & they have had bad side effects. I get very confused and disorientated anyway & when I woke up after taking the anit-anxiety medication, I didn't know where I was or who I was, I just screamed. It was awful. I don't have a problem sleeping, in fact, I'm the other way, can sleep too much ! He has prescribed 30 mg. I asked if I could start with the lower dose but he said that with 30 mg it works on both sides of the brain - I don't know what he means by this ? Would appreciate anyone else's view/s.
Hello Pipz, Wish to reassure you that the mirtazipine will help you with the morning wakeup panics. My daughter was on it for quite a few years and it quickly got that under control. Her life became more normal. The worse it did for her is she gained about ten pounds. Once off it she lost the weight within a couple months. Certainly a side effect worth handling.
Once the anxiety calms down this will feel better for you. The first few days you may be extra sleepy in the morning. It helps to be very slow waking up and no loud alarm to jolt your system. Better if your husband could gently wake you. Start on a Friday night or time when you have a couple days to adjust and not busy at work, etc.
Let us know how you are doing.
Hello pipz7. Welcome to the site. I have not read the previous answers to your question. So I am not biased one way or the other. Mirtazapine/Remeron will do little to help ease your anxiety. Its not listed as a primary for that purpose for the substances that creat the chemical compounds are used to make/manufacture the drug in the treatment for the various forms of depression. It is perscribed foremost as an anti-depressant. The success rate as an anti-anxiety drug would be marginial. However, if you do decide to take it, and it helps, that is the bottom line. Regards pledge
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