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.

@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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