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Author Topic: Any experience with Remeron?  (Read 471 times)

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Offline Cleardot

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Any experience with Remeron?
« on: May 22, 2015, 08:37:16 PM »
I spoke to my doctor this week about trying an anti-depressant. He recommended Wellbutrin. But I read that it can worsen anxiety and cause insomnia, and I am experiencing both. So I did research on Remeron. It seems to help with insomnia and may help with anxiety as well as depression. But it can also cause excessive sleepiness and increased weight gain and increased cholesterol. I am also considering trying natural supplements such as Holy Basil and Sam-e. At the moment I take Ativan 0.5 to 1 mg and Melatonin 3mg and a cup of chamomile tea before bed. But I still wake up at 3 or 4 am with anxiety and insomnia.
I meet with a counselor weekly. He doesn't comment much about medications when I bring them up. He suggested today that maybe try getting up and doing something creative if I wake up anxious at 3am. Perhaps paint or do a project and use that time in a constructive way to deal with my fears and anxieties, instead of laying in bed and ruminating on those thoughts.
I had labs drawn this week. I have been on Triumeq now for almost 8 weeks. Hoping that labs will be reassuring.

Offline RobbyR

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Re: Any experience with Remeron?
« Reply #1 on: May 30, 2015, 11:34:30 AM »
Hi, I thought I'd answer your post, because I started on Mirtazipine/Remeron awhile back as a sleep-aid. My doctor had told me to stay with Melatonin but apparently the meds I am taking caused sleep problems so I started on 20mg of Mirtazipine. The weight gain is definitely there, I don't like it. I also take a blood pressure medication which makes that worse. I usually sleep through the night but it's not as restful a sleep as I'd like. My sleep patterns need a lot of work. I am a night owl I tend to like going to bed really late & sleeping late. Which isn't always doable or practical of course. I haven't had any major side effects with the Mirtazipine other than some sluggishness & feeling spacey. I had a bit of confusion the first couple of days feeling like I had been drugged or something. But it definitely helps me go to sleep.

I definitely recommend painting or doing something artistic to help occupy your mind if you need something or even just reading a bit can really make me sleepy again. Make sure you're sleeping in a cool dark area too with no bright lights or anything that can disturb sleep. I think I'll stay with Mirtazipine for now but I still need a tiny bit of Xanax to help me sleep which  I don't like having to rely on but oh well.
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Offline Miss Philicia

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Re: Any experience with Remeron?
« Reply #2 on: May 30, 2015, 12:02:16 PM »
I took Remeron for years. I liked it. Definitely helps with sleep but eventually it did increase my weight so I went off of it.
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Offline Cleardot

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Re: Any experience with Remeron?
« Reply #3 on: June 01, 2015, 07:42:34 PM »
Thank you for your input

Offline xunil

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Re: Any experience with Remeron?
« Reply #4 on: June 25, 2015, 03:51:51 PM »
I'll chime in with another ring for the gaining weight bell.  I do think it did help me once I adjusted to it a bit, but man did I ever gain weight on it.  Definitely the most excess weight I've ever had was during the year I took it.
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Re: Any experience with Remeron?
« Reply #5 on: Today at 03:58:26 PM »
I tried Remeron for depression, maybe 10 or so years ago.  I couldn't get over how drowsy it made me, all the time.  And it made me want to eat everything in sight -- it was bizarre, although I didn't gain any weight.  But I was only on it for about 2 months.

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