Does anyone have experience with Mirtazapine?

Posted by faithshouse @faithshouse, Jun 20, 2019

My husband has trouble staying asleep, and falling back to sleep when he awakens during the night. It concerns him, but we wouldn’t say that he is depressed. He had heard about Mirtazapine for sleeping. His doctor prescribed 15 mg. Has anyone had side effects, or depression while taking Mirapine? Is it more for depression, than for sleeping? Thanks for your feedback.

@carolcs

Thanks Lisa. I’ll be off the Amitriptyline by Wednesday this week. 2 tonight (Monday here in NZ) , 1 Tuesday. I will increase the mirtazapine from 15mg after a week to 30mg. Hopefully it will have a sedating affect by then!

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Hi again, Have just increased my 15mg mirtazapine to 30mg last night as my GP prescribed this increase after a week of being on mirtazapine. (for Anxiety and related insomnia) . Had had two good sleeps prior with 1/4 lorazepam , 15mg mirtazapine and 7.5 zopiclone.
So….the new regime started last night. Got to sleep after an hour of taking it but woke an hour later, dozed and woke another hour later. Because I didn’t want to go thru the terrible in and out of sleep all night that I experienced 3 nights ago I got up and had 1 zopiclone (imovane). An hour later still awake! Up again Feeling dizzy and another half zopiclone. Waited to no avail! Up again feeling dizzy and took another half so two in total. Finally slept! But now what do I do tonight! Take the 30mg mirtazapine again and just try sleeping thru if I wake? Appreciate any advice…thank you…

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Dear Faithshouse: I was given Mirtazapine a long time ago by a Psychiatrist. That was when I was having trouble with another antidepressant wearing off. She said I could try it, but it did nothing to help me. I believe you can gain weight on this and that it is an older antidepressant.

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My doc prescribed Remeron as an alternative to the Zoloft I’d been taking for years. I do not have sleep problems. I had some of the deepest sleep with vivid, positive dreams the first week taking 7.5mg. Really solid sleep with some grogginess in a.m. As the Remeron increased the Zoloft was decreased until I was at 30mg Remeron and 25mg Zoloft. The side effect of this switch — I had a depression unlike any I’d felt in over 30 years. Despair and anguish. The total weaning time from one to the other was six weeks. It was all a huge mistake. Another doc and psychiatrist agreed 1) no need to come off Zoloft and 2) the titration period was not long enough. I’m now reversing back to Zoloft. Felt my depression lift within a couple of days.

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@faithshouse

My husband has trouble staying asleep so he received a prescription for 10 mg Mirtazapine. Seems like all the info shows lots of side effects, etc. does anyone have any comments on this drug? Thanks!

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@faithshouse

I just happened on to this discussion, and thought I'd tell you what my experience has been with Mirtazapine.

It was maybe a year ago that I was feeling that my long term antidepressant, Wellbutrin, wasn't quite keeping up with my depression. I met with the psychiatrist, who prescribed Mirtazapine to enhance the effects of Wellbutrin. I raised the dosage until I started seeing a lifting of my depression, at 45mg. I was already taking the maximum dose of Wellbutrin, so I couldn't add to that medication. I don't recall any side effects. I have sleep apnea and use a Bipap machine, and with the help of the BIPAP, I sleep well perhaps too well, as my sleep doctor told me to work on sleeping for only 9 hours and avoid naps.

I haven't read through this discussion, so I don't know if a sleep study has been suggested. Back in 2000, I told my PCP that I was feeling poorly, and the symptoms indicated possible depression, but I wanted to rule out any organic problems I might have. I had a bunch of tests that year, one of them being a sleep study, where sleep apnea was indicated. During the first month or two, I slept at least 12 hours per day – I was really sleep deprived! When I told my mom, she said that when I was a child, she noticed that I'd stop breathing and she wondered if I would take another breath. She had never told me that. Anyway, I felt immensely revived.

Another series of tests revealed that my gall bladder was hardly functioning, and I had it removed. Again, I felt much better. And on it went until I was feeling increasingly depressed and attempting suicide.

My journey has been an interesting one. I'm glad I asked the doctor to look at all of the possibilities of why I was feeling so bad. I found that depression wasn't the only thing going on in my aging body. It seemed like I started falling apart when I turned 50. I wasn't ready for it. The next milestone is #70, next year. That is making me feel old.

Where are you by now with Mirtazapine? I hope sleep is going better.

Jim

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