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I'm a 69 yr old female who took mirtazapine for 3 months.  I stopped the drug 2 yrs ago cold turkey because my doc knew nothing about tapering (and neither did I at the time).  I've had a hell of a time and even now have daily headaches, face pain, sore eyes (although the optometrist says my eyes are fine), gastro discomfort, dizziness and other problems which I NEVER had prior.  Took the drug because I was in a bad place trying to gain weight and side effect was weight gain.  Is the only antidote time?  I want no part of any drugs.  Thanks for any advice or guidance.



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Hello Elivra,


I'm sorry it's taken us a while to reply to your post.  After being off mirtazapine for two years, it is true that time is the main healer.  There are things that can help to ease withdrawal a little, such as fish oil and magnesium.  We do have some information on gastro issues too, which you might like to read through.


Other than that, self-care does go a long way.  This is my favourite thread on this site:  non-drug-techniques-to-cope-with-emotional-symptoms


There are other people who are also waiting a long time for w/d to end, so hopefully you will feel less alone if you read through some of the members' threads.


Welcome to SA,


2010  Fluoxetine 20mg.  2011  Escitalopram 20mg.  2013 Tapered badly and destabilised CNS.  Effexor 150mg. 

2015 Begin using info at SurvivingAntidepressants.  Cut 10% - bad w/d 2 months, held 1 month. 

Micro-tapering: four weekly 0.4% cuts, hold 4 weeks (struggling with symptoms).

8 month hold.

2017 Micro-tapering: four weekly 1% cuts, hold 4 weeks (symptoms almost non-existent).

2020 Still micro-tapering. Just over 2/3 of the way off effexor. Minimal symptoms, - and sleeping well.
Supplements: Fish oil, vitamin C, iron, oat-straw tea, nettle tea.

2023 December - Now on 5 micro-beads Effexor. Minimal symptoms but much more time needed between drops. Symptoms begin to increase.

2024 April - Updosed to 6 microbeads - immediate increase in symptoms for 4 days. Decreased to 5 microbeads.

 'The possibility of renewal exists so long as life exists.'  Dr Gabor Mate.

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If you are going to stop your medication be sure and taper.  I did not and my neurologist thinks it was the trigger that has now caused chronic migraines.  Just had my first round of Botox treatment.  This is a nightmare, so if this helps one other person I'll be glad.  I only took remeron for 3 months but seems it was long enough to do damage.  Good luck to all making the decision to quit dependency.

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Elivra any update.

Have the symptoms receded?

Thought for the day: Lets stand up, and let’s speak out , together. G Olsen

We have until the 14th. Feb 2018. 

URGENT REQUEST Please consider submitting  for the petition on Prescribed Drug Dependence and Withdrawal currently awaiting its third consideration at the Scottish Parliament. You don't even have to be from Scotland. By clicking on the link below you can read some of the previous submissions but be warned many of them are quite harrowing.


Please tell them about your problems taking and withdrawing from antidepressants and/or benzos.

Send by email to petitions@parliament.scot and quote PE01651 in the subject heading. Keep to a maximum of 3 sides of A4 and you can't name for legal reasons any doctor you have consulted. Tell them if you wish to remain anonymous. We need the numbers to help convince the committee members we are not isolated cases. You have until mid February. Thank you

Recovering paxil addict

None of the published articles shed light on what ssri's ... actually do or what their hazards might be. Healy 2013. 

This is so true, with anything you get on these drugs, dependance, tapering, withdrawal symptoms, side effects, just silent. And if there is something mentioned then their is a serious disconnect between what is said and reality! 

  "Every time I read of a multi-person shooting, I always presume that person had just started a SSRI or had just stopped."  Dr Mosher. Me too! 

Over two decades later, the number of antidepressant prescriptions a year is slightly more than the number of people in the Western world. Most (nine out of 10) prescriptions are for patients who faced difficulties on stopping, equating to about a tenth of the population. These patients are often advised to continue treatment because their difficulties indicate they need ongoing treatment, just as a person with diabetes needs insulin. Healy 2015

I believe the ssri era will soon stand as one of the most shameful in the history of medicine. Healy 2015

Let people help people ... in a natural, kind, non-addictive (and non-big pharma) way. J Broadley 2017



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