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Oh no!! I just got changed to respiridone and mirtazapine yesterday - I've already been told that respiridone causes sweating and headaches, now i'm going to get water retention too!! at least it will come out in the sweats!! I'm so not looking forward to this combination!!
You might not get the water retention, I expected to because although I've had a hysterectomy I have PCOS (gyny problem).
I'm just hoping that after a while it'll pass or I'll have to be on yet another a/d. I've got diazepam too but they make me feel aggressive rather than calm so I'm moving constantly until I take the Mirtazapine at night and they gradually calm me. I'm back up and a live wire in the morning again.
Let me know how you do with the mirtazapine.
I know what you mean about being changed to another a/d - I feel as though I've been on every anti d known to man and nothing seems to work!! Well, thats a lie, they seem to work for a short while then my system seems to get used to them. I've been on mirtazipine before, but it was 8 years ago so I can't remember what they were like. Thats why my psychs put me back on them cos they were what I was on when I was discharged from hospital - heres hoping!!
It is a bit soul destroying at times!! To be honest I'm just looking forward to the first first couple of weeks when you've got that blissful oblivion of being tired all the time and a bit spaced out!! God that sounded terrible but its so long since I've not been tired yet hyper at the same time, it'll be nice to just space out for a while!!
I know what you mean, I've just finished the spaced out bit. I've been active but less aware and now I'm really, really lively. I feel mostly happy though with some occasional agitation. I'm due to come off venlafaxine and just be on the mirtazapine with diazepam to get me through as doc says. It'll be more discussion about that though with the diazepam making me feel aggressive.
I had mirtazapine just over a year ago and had to stop it because I just couldn't stop but this time I'm loving it!
Hi. Yes I too am on 15 mg Mirtazapine 11 days now and have severe fluid retention in my lower legs and ankles and its really uncomfortable so I too would like to know if this subsides after a while or is anything else needed to be taken as well to reduce this. Sharon
Welcome to the forum. It's not a med I have taken but I would recommend you see your gp for a consult to see if there is something you can take for the water retention-the downside of this would be going to the loo lots!!! Either way have a chat to your gp to see what's possible.
Ps. Something that might help would be to elevate your legs on a few pillows at night but check with nhs direct first to be on the "safe side".