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I took 1 dose of 7.5 Mirtazapine and decided it wasn’t for me.  A week later I started having horrible panic attacks especially during sleep.  Can I be having withdrawal from a 1 time small dose?  I was not having panic attacks before I took it! 

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Hi Band, welcome to SA. What you had was an adverse reaction from that one dose. Your nervous system has been affected but will recover. How long is it since you took it?   Do you take anything else that could have interacted with the mirtazapine? Panic attacks are frightening, and that turns them into a vicious circle. You have an attack, that causes anxiety which leads to further attacks and on it goes.  If you can breathe your way through them it will help. Understand that they will subside, that you are not going to die, I know how it can feel like it when they are so intense that you can't breathe. This is withdrawal and this shall pass was my mantra. They are caused by cortisol spikes and eventually they will settle down. Do you have any other symptoms? 


Waking with panic





**I am not a medical professional, if in doubt please consult a doctor with withdrawal knowledge.



Different drugs occasionally (mostly benzos) 1976 - 1981 (no problem)

1993 - 2002 in and out of hospital. every type of drug + ECT. Staring with seroxat

2002  effexor. 

Tapered  March 2012 to March 2013, ending with 5 beads.

Withdrawal April 2013 . Reinstated 5 beads reduced to 4 beads May 2013

Restarted taper  Nov 2013  

OFF EFFEXOR Feb 2015    :D 

Tapered atenolol and omeprazole Dec 2013 - May 2014


Tapering tramadol, Feb 2015 100mg , March 2015 50mg  

 July 2017 30mg.  May 15 2018 25mg

Taking fish oil, magnesium, B12, folic acid, bilberry eyebright for eye pressure. 


My story http://survivingantidepressants.org/index.php?/topic/4199-hello-mammap-checking-in/page-33


Lesson learned, slow down taper at lower doses. Taper no more than 10% of CURRENT dose if possible



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