Posted by Racer on August 12, 2004, at 20:05:49
In reply to Remeron Rage » Racer, posted by Sad Panda on August 12, 2004, at 17:42:18
For me, this kicked in at 7.5mg -- and literally the first night I took it I had a hard time getting to sleep, then woke up the next morning OVER THE TOP. After a few days of trying to tough it out, and reading here that differing doses have differing effects, I tried going up to 15mg. No real change, except for *really* wanting to die -- as long as I could take a few other people with me. (OK -- that was mostly for a joke, but it was very frightening for me -- and for my husband, who had to watch this -- and I was seriously considering suicide by any means during the time I was on it. I only lasted 8 days on it, but the after-effects went on for a while and were pretty unpleasant.)
Trust me, Panda -- I was reading all the Remeron posts here, as well as looking through the usual suspects, and knew that lower doses were supposed to be sedating. (Really, the only reason I tried raising it to 15 -- besides seriously questionable judgement on my part -- was related to all the problems I've been having with getting treatment through the county system. I was desperate to get some relief, and thought that if I didn't respond to this -- or if I called the doctor to tell him it wasn't working *quite* the way he might have expected -- I'd end up either hospitalized or scheduled for ECT. At the time, I was also rather hopeful that the misery I was experiencing while on the drug would be enough to galvanize me into suicide. NOT the right reason to stay on something. My husband finally stepped in and made me call the doctor's office.)
The worst part? When I was trying to describe this a bit to the doctor, he just said, "Yeah, a few of my patients have reacted that way to it..." Sheesh! If I'd called sooner, he probably wouldn't have said I was just making it up...
And Panda? On a personal note, it's always a pleasure to read your posts.