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Does anyone have experience with Mirtazapine to aid with Sleep?


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#1 jbirish

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Posted 24 February 2014 - 12:32 PM

Just wondering if anyone has had any reactions, success, or problems with taking Mirtazapine. My doctor has prescribed the medicine to help me sleep, as I am awake each night with terrible leg cramps and tremors. I am worried because it is an anti-depressant and one of added benefits is as a sleep aid. My doctor assures me there are no adverse symptoms for this medicine with PD.



#2 Beau's Mom

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Posted 24 February 2014 - 05:34 PM

I took Mirtazapine as an antidepressant and it caused significant weight gain, so I had to stop it.


I am not a human being trying to have a spiritual experience; I am a spiritual being having a (sometimes difficult) human experience.

 

First symptoms: right-hand tremor, constipation and restless arms 1978 (age 25). Depression and anxiety (non-motor symptoms) began in 1989 and worsened through the years. Last inpatient episode June 2013.

 

Diagnosed December 2010 by a regular neurologist (age 57). After negative reactions to Requip, Mirapex and selegiline began Sinemet 25/100 3x/day. First MDS visit in Houston in February of 2011 was inconclusive. Second MDS visit at Baylor Fort Worth in May/June 2011 diagnosis changed to Parkinsonism, Sinemet stopped. Third MDS visit in August 2011 in WA State: received a confirmed diagnosis of idiopathic PD which had started on the right side and had now crossed to the left side as well. Restarted on Sinemet 25/100 4x/day. A short trial of Amantadine caused audio hallucinations in September 2011.

 

Current medications at age 63: Duopa gel via PEG-J tube, 6ml loading dose; continuous dose 2 ml.  Trazodone 150 mg at bedtime, Fluvoxamine 300 mg at bedtime. Clonazepam 0.5 mg morning and afternoon, 1 mg at bedtime. Vit D3 2x/day, Calcium Carbonate Susp. 5 cc daily, Baclofen 10 mg 3x/day, Flonase two sprays 2x/day, Calcitonin-Salmon nasal spray once daily (for osteoporosis). Gel eye drops as needed throughout the day, Restasis Eye drops 2x/day, Nighttime eye ointment at bedtime. 02 2L per nasal cannula while asleep. Walker, electric wheelchair, moist and soft or pureed foods and 135 caregiver hours per month keep me moving.

 

Edited 2/5/2016


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Posted 25 February 2014 - 03:23 PM

I took it- it was the first drug the MDS prescribed. After one dose  I slept for 2 days, woke up feeliing stoned- went hanggliding (yes, hanggliding)- slept all the way home then continued to sleep for another 36 hours!  Even a fraction of the dose knocks me out for way too long.



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Posted 26 February 2014 - 10:50 AM

You should probably add Mirtazapine to your drug allergies list, since you are so sensitive to it. I had to do that with another psych drug called Lamictal because within 15 minutes of taking it I couldn't even get myself into bed. Any drug that causes an adverse reaction should be on your drug allergies list. Did you manage to stay awake during the hang gliding? I would hate to miss that experience!


I am not a human being trying to have a spiritual experience; I am a spiritual being having a (sometimes difficult) human experience.

 

First symptoms: right-hand tremor, constipation and restless arms 1978 (age 25). Depression and anxiety (non-motor symptoms) began in 1989 and worsened through the years. Last inpatient episode June 2013.

 

Diagnosed December 2010 by a regular neurologist (age 57). After negative reactions to Requip, Mirapex and selegiline began Sinemet 25/100 3x/day. First MDS visit in Houston in February of 2011 was inconclusive. Second MDS visit at Baylor Fort Worth in May/June 2011 diagnosis changed to Parkinsonism, Sinemet stopped. Third MDS visit in August 2011 in WA State: received a confirmed diagnosis of idiopathic PD which had started on the right side and had now crossed to the left side as well. Restarted on Sinemet 25/100 4x/day. A short trial of Amantadine caused audio hallucinations in September 2011.

 

Current medications at age 63: Duopa gel via PEG-J tube, 6ml loading dose; continuous dose 2 ml.  Trazodone 150 mg at bedtime, Fluvoxamine 300 mg at bedtime. Clonazepam 0.5 mg morning and afternoon, 1 mg at bedtime. Vit D3 2x/day, Calcium Carbonate Susp. 5 cc daily, Baclofen 10 mg 3x/day, Flonase two sprays 2x/day, Calcitonin-Salmon nasal spray once daily (for osteoporosis). Gel eye drops as needed throughout the day, Restasis Eye drops 2x/day, Nighttime eye ointment at bedtime. 02 2L per nasal cannula while asleep. Walker, electric wheelchair, moist and soft or pureed foods and 135 caregiver hours per month keep me moving.

 

Edited 2/5/2016


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Posted 26 February 2014 - 05:21 PM

Yes and I remembered that part- figured I'd get a jump start  (no pun intended) on my bucket list- it was awesome!! 

 

Sadly I have a very long adverse drug rxn list- as well as things like band aid adhesive, latex, iodine. I am one of those folks who has the rare side effects listed on drug sheets. When I go to the hospital I get three wrist bands. Fortunately my best friend is a nurse who  makes sure someone stays with me whenever a new drug is ordered until I am out of danger.






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