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Joe Brownfiel

Does anyone have experience with Mirtazapine to aid with Sleep?

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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.

 

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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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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!

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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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