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Remeron Withdrawal

Remeron Withdrawal Treatment

The likelihood of developing symptoms of Remeron withdrawal may increase greatly if this medication is stopped abruptly. Therefore, if you want to quit taking this drug, it is recommended that you seek a medical provider who can provide you with Remeron withdrawal treatment and help you to gradually reduce your dosage to help limit symptoms. (1) (2)

What are the withdrawal symptoms when stopping Remeron?

Potential symptoms of Remeron withdrawal include insomnia, headaches, and irritability. If bothersome symptoms arise, your medical provider may suggest that you temporarily increase the dosage and then reduce the drug even more gradually. Although the manufacturer of this antidepressant does not give any warnings about the potential of withdrawal, the FDA does list the most common discontinuation symptoms in the Remeron drug label information, (1) Stopping the drug can lead to many symptoms, some severe, especially if stopped abruptly. Common side effects that occur upon withdrawal from Remeron include agitation, irritability, dizziness, confusion, anxiety, insomnia, and headaches. Additional symptoms that may occur during Remeron discontinuation include but are not limited to the following: aggression, balance problems, brain zaps, blurred vision, constipation, concentration impairment, coordination impairment, hostility, hallucinations, diarrhea, electric shock-like sensations, flu symptoms, fatigue, crying spells, migraine headaches, depersonalization, irritability, indigestion, impaired speech, jumpy nerves, lethargy, nausea, nervousness, paranoia, repetitive thoughts, sleep disturbances, sensory disturbances, akathisia (extreme internal restlessness), tremors, stomach cramping, tinnitus (ringing or buzzing in ears), troubling thoughts, vivid dreams, and worsened depression.(2)

Limiting Remeron withdrawal symptoms

To limit antidepressant withdrawal symptoms, it is crucial to make contact with a healthcare provider before reducing your dose or stopping completely. In most individuals, symptoms will not be life-threatening but may be uncomfortable or even unbearable. For this reason alone, it’s important to have Remeron tapering support available. Some individuals may want to try quitting Remeron but may be afraid to because of the symptoms that they may encounter during the process. However, with the right Remeron withdrawal help, this experience can be simple and completely tolerable.

Why is Remeron prescribed?

People are often given antidepressant medications before there’s been an adequate effort to investigate the reasons why they are depressed, having trouble sleeping, or feeling anxious. For most people, it was during a traumatic event when they started taking an antidepressant medication. However, it may be that years go by and they are still taking it and suffer from withdrawal if they try to stop the medication. (3)

Do Antidepressant Drugs Create More Serotonin?

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No drug can create serotonin. Only a healthy body can created sufficient neurochemicals, hormones, for optimum function and health. The jury is still out on the chemical imbalance hypothesis. However, even when an individual is not deficient in serotonin to start out with, the drug can produce a deficit in serotonin. When an individual is experiencing Remeron withdrawal symptoms, they likely will experience over-stimulation, sleeplessness, worsened depression, and anxiety. This may occur because of the now truly present serotonin deficit. At the Alternative to Meds Center drug rehab, we employ targeted nutrients and oral supplements that are designed to boost natural production of serotonin and other natural neurochemicals, to combat depression and the many potential symptoms of withdrawal while the medication is being removed.

Are There Other Treatments for Depression Besides Antidepressant Drugs?

At the Alternative to Meds Center, we combine the above treatments with finding the reasons why the individual was depressed originally, which can provide success and happiness that is lasting without prescription drugs. There are proven non-drug methods to treat depression. (4) The Alternative to Meds Center’s addiction treatment program discovers the possible medical causes of an individual’s depression, anxiousness or insomnia. Our Remeron withdrawal treatment program includes the use of lab testing, neurochemistry stabilization with natural substances, medication withdrawal methods such as Remeron tapering, cleansing to remove accumulated neurotoxins, personal training in exercise, peer support, nutritional therapy, massage therapy, Equine-assisted therapy, yoga, and other holistic therapies that combat symptoms of withdrawal from Remeron. Contact the Alternative to Meds Center for more information on healthy Remeron withdrawal and non-drug treatments for depression.

  1. FDA label information Remeron, https://www.accessdata.fda.gov/drugsatfda_docs/label/2010/020415s023s024.pdf, accessed October 19, 2019
  2. National Alliance on Mental Health info sheet “Mirtazapine (Remeron) published online: https://www.nami.org/Learn-More/Treatment/Mental-Health-Medications/mirtazapine-(Remeron), accessed October 19, 2019
  3. An article published by Harvard Medical School Mar. 19, 2019, “What are the real risks of antidepressants?” online: https://www.health.harvard.edu/mind-and-mood/what-are-the-real-risks-of-antidepressants, accessed October 20, 2019
  4. Harvard Medical School article entitled “Drug Free Options to Fight Depression”, published March 14, 2014, online: https://www.health.harvard.edu/mind-and-mood/drug-free-options-to-fight-depression, accessed October 19, 2019

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