I have taken Remeron for about 2 years for generalized anxiety and panic attacks. I decided to try and go off of it. My doctor said that after a week of taking it (30mg.) every other day, I should be able to stop taking it. I took it every other day for 6 weeks and then quit taking it completely 6 weeks ago. The withdrawal symptoms have been horrible. I still have no appetite ( I have lost 10 lbs of the 40 I gained on the meds), having trouble sleeping, my arms and legs are "restless", nausea, jittery. I seem to have a couple of good days and I think it's over, then symptoms start again. How long will the symptoms go on? If I had some idea, it would make getting through this much easier. I am off work now (until Sept.) and was hoping to be through this by then - can't imagine working when I feel like this. Any advice and suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
I decided to stop the meds because of the weight gain and the tiredness it caused. Also, I felt emotionally numb. It did however stop the anxiety. I have been completely off the Remeron for 6 weeks, so does this mean it is probably the anxiety causing the symptoms and not withdrawal? I don't know what is the right thing to do - don't know what to do now.
Thank you for the info - it is more than I have received from any local health care providers. I actually have a prescription for .5 mg. of Xanax (I break it in half the few times I have used it), which I think I will try in for awhile (since I really don't want to restart the Remeron again). I have been hesitant to use the Xanax because of addiction possibilities.
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