Hey, I just went to the doctor and he is trying me out on remeron to help me sleep because Trazadone gave me really bad nightmares they were so bad they felt real. I was just woundering if anyone that is on it can let me in on some information about how they felt the first couple of days after taking it so I will know what to look forward to, even though medicine affects people in diffrent ways. Thanks for the help. <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/wink.gif">
I was just prescribed Remeron and am plannig to take it tonight for the first time. I'm a little worried because past postings I've read all indicate major weight gain, & I'd like to avoid that - seriously. Most people said it worked great for them, with the exception of weight gain. Many said it worked quickly, making them very tired & giving a REALLY good night's sleep. They said the first week or so they were drowsy during the day & to be sure to take it at night. My Rx is for 30 mg, but many people in the postings said that was too much for them, so they took 15 instead. I spoke to a pharmacist earlier today who said she was told by a psychiatrist that Remeron is one of a few drugs that has fewer side effects at a lower dose - that people became more drowsy at 15 than 30 mgs. I asked if the lower dose would give me a better night's sleep & she said maybe, but may also produce more daytime drowsiness. I think I'll try 15 mg tonight since it's the weekend. Sorry to be so wordy, but I hope it helps.
I'm going to monitor my weight closely, & if I gain, I'm going to ask my doctor if I can try Prozac. Supposedly that can actually decrease your appetite. That would be a nice change!
First let me tell you I have been taking Remeron for over a year. I started out at a killer dose because I was completely disfunctional. In a little over a year I have went from 70mg to 30mg and am planning on 15mg this spring.
Second, please don't experment with the dosages, take what ever the doc told you to and continue untill your next apt with him or her. Meds do no good if your body can not adjust to them and if you are changing your dosages it never will. Remeron should allways be taken just before bed because it makes you sleepy and could be dangerous if taken when you need to be driving or operating any kind of equipment.
Last, Remeron does have less side effects than almost all other anti-depressant drugs. It is called the "gentle" drug. It does'nt effect your stomach, sex life or make you hyper or feel like a zombie. When you first start taking it it might make you feel a little tired but in all the people I know taking it, that went away.
Weight gain...Depression will make you gain or loose weight. Remeron might...it is listed as a side effect but never effected me that way because I have adopted a life style change in my eating habits in the last few years. I eat less and eat differently and get more exercise. If your interested,I have posted on the other boards about diet, weight loss and supplement use. Concerning supplements, unless you eat rrreally right, you should be taking B complex and Zinc supplements if you have been diagnoised with Depression. There have been several studies done concerning these supplements and depression.
Anyway, Don't expect any results for at least a month or so. This is a gentle drug and takes time. All of this of course is my opinion and my expereiences. Good Luck
Thanks TrickyDick! I know you're right about not experimenting with the dosages. I'll do the 30 mg tonight. You're the first person to give me hope about the weight gain. Did it increase your appetite at all, or is the weight gain so many report just a direct result of the medication?
I just thought I'd add my two cents worth on the topic. I took Remeron for several months (6 or 7 I think). In the very beginning, it definitely put me to sleep....and quite suddenly. One minute I'd be reading and the next I'd doing nose dives into the pages. Needless to say, I got some good sleep while I was on it. And the sudden drowsiness did improve quite a bit. The only other side effect I had was weight gain. For me, I knew I was gaining weight because I was hungry ALL the time! So it didn't exactly sneak up on me. I tried to lose the weight and stay on the med, but no matter what I did, once I'd gained it I couldn't seem to lose it. I'm pretty sure it affected my metabolism in some way. At that time, I was jogging 3-4 miles every morning and carefully planning my meals. In the end, I decided that I was too obsessed with the weight issue that it was cancelling out any benefits I may have gotten from the med. My PDoc ended up putting me on Serzone instead and that seems to working as well as any other. The whole thing was really kind of silly. I'd only really gain about 15-20 lbs and within a week of not taking the Remeron, I started losing the weight without changing a thing. And actually, the percentage of people who experience weight gain isn't very high. Do a search on Remeron and you're bound to find more stats on it.
Concerning the hunger. Before I began treatment of my "depression", which really was only a symptom of PTSD. I had made a change in my eating habits and lifestyle.
I started feeling better mentally in about a month to six weeks. I don't remember being any more hungry than normal. But you got to understand that depression effects people in different ways. Some eat everything in sight, some starve themselves. So taking meds might change that IF and WHEN it starts effecting the depression symptom.
I have gained some weight the last two months because my exercise is way down because my back is giving me hell.
Anyway, there is a long explanation for a simple question. Sorry
Peace<p>[This message has been edited by TrickyDick (edited 01-20-2001).]