Does anyone take mirtazapine ?

Postby purplemonkey » Sat Sep 11, 2010 12:27 pm

Just wanted some opinions on it's effectiveness and what side effects people had. Also how long does it take to start working?
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Postby Pookie » Mon Sep 13, 2010 11:10 am

Hi purplemonkey,

A couple of years back, I was on Citalopram for 12 months, which was then changed to Mirtazapine for a further 6 months.

It was a smooth change over - so I can't really help you with how long Mirtazapine takes to work. My guess would be within 2 weeks.

The most memorable side effect of Mirtazapine was vivid lucid dreaming - which was quite surprising, but actually quite pleasant. Also, my appetite and weight increased - which was probably not a bad thing in my case.

You will find a list of possible side effects here:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mirtazapine

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Postby purplemonkey » Mon Sep 13, 2010 4:48 pm

So there were no really bad side effects like you sometimes get with ssri ?
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Postby purplemonkey » Mon Sep 13, 2010 4:49 pm

So there were no really bad side effects like you sometimes get with ssri ?
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Postby purplemonkey » Mon Sep 13, 2010 4:49 pm

So there were no really bad side effects like you sometimes get with ssri ?
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Postby Pookie » Mon Sep 13, 2010 5:36 pm

Hi purplemonkey,

Both Citalopram and Mirtazapine gave me some side effects - but for me they were always bearable, and I really needed the benefits of these medications for an episode of severe depression.

You should certainly expect to experience some side effects with any anti-depressant (including Saint John's Wort).

My experience was that the side effects of Mirtazapine were different to the side effects of Citalopram - but the level of side effects was about the same for both drugs.

I was prescribed Mirtazapine for both its anti-depressant and its hypnotic (help with sleeping) properrties - it worked very well in both areas.

If you have been prescribed this drug, I would suggest that you give it your best shot to give it a chance to work for a month. I suspect that your doctor will want to see how you are doing after about two weeks on the drug. Side effects tend to the worst at the beginning, and settle down to become just a minor inconvenience within a month.

I also suggest that you do not drink any alcohol at all during the first month. If things have settled down after a month, then you can probably get away with an occaisional alcoholic drink. Be warned, however that alcohol and antidepressants can react in very unpredicatable ways - if you do later decide to have a drink, then do so much more moderately than previously.

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Postby purplemonkey » Tue Sep 14, 2010 7:43 pm

It didn't increase anxiety initially as a side effect did it though? Do you think I'll be able to carry on working while I take this for the first four weeks until it kicks in?
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Postby purplemonkey » Sun Sep 19, 2010 8:36 pm

Ok took it yesterday no anxiety and felt fine today, bit wooly headed but that's all. I did notice some indigestion though late at night though is that common?
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Postby purplemonkey » Tue Sep 21, 2010 5:04 pm

I have now taken it for a week and I feel really good no anxiety at all. Long may it last
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Postby Pookie » Tue Sep 21, 2010 6:27 pm

Hi purplemonkey,

Have you experienced the vivid dreams ?

If so - wierd aren't they.

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Postby purplemonkey » Wed Sep 22, 2010 5:22 pm

Yeah first night I dreamt I had oozing blisters on my stomach but didn't scare me at all
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Postby Lucan » Sun Sep 26, 2010 3:41 pm

I've been taking it for about three months now. It's definitely helped lift my mood. I've also noticed the dreaming and increased appetite. Haven't had any bad side effects.
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Postby Mark Davidson » Wed Oct 13, 2010 12:14 pm

Have been taking medication for several months. Problems, too much sleep, wierd dreams, etc. Stopped for two weeks, could not get to sleep and felt terrible during the day. I have gone back on it, sleeping too much but feeling much better during the day. I am also taking Zoloft and am thinking about stopping it with my physcian's ok. I was originally taking 20 mgs. Mirtazapine and was not getting enough sleep. My doctor said cutting the doseage in half would increase its' effectiveness which apparently is true. I am wondering if anyone else has had this experience.
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Postby purplemonkey » Sat Oct 30, 2010 1:14 pm

seems to have stopped working now, and just feel stressed all the time, cut down to 15mg and feel even worse. Just kept getting hooked on obsessive stressful thoughts which i couldn't seem to let go and would go around in circles and which would increase the stress. Not sure whether to stay on 15mg or go back up to 30mg. I've been taking them for 7 weeks now and they were really effective to start with but their effect seems to have dwindled, i thought it was supposed to take up to 6 weeks to start feeling better? not work better to start with and then get worse. i suspect because they have blocked the flight or fight response my body has adapted and increased the levels of hormones? i dunno what do you guys think?
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