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Re: Drug-induced anger too much to cope with

Posted by Racer on October 10, 2006, at 15:44:47

In reply to Drug-induced anger too much to cope with, posted by Dunder on October 10, 2006, at 10:51:24

> I have been on 30mg mirtazapine for about 4 months and I feel that I am going insane trying to control my constant anger/irritability. I feel like I don't know who I am anymore.
> I feel desperate now. My psychiatrist says that he has never heard of mirtazapine causing anger
>> Every time I see him he says "lets just see if things stabilize, I'll see you again in a few weeks". I feel so drained.

I don't blame you for feeling drained. In fact, I'm amazed you've stuck it out this long, feeling this way.

For what it's worth, I've had a number of psychiatrists tell me, "I've never heard of Drug X causing that side effect." Maybe they haven't asked their patients? A number of people on this board have posted about that Remeron Rage -- I had it, too, badly enough that I stopped the drug after a bit more than a week, because I was so afraid I'd hurt someone. Once I had to tell my husband to get away from me, because I was afraid I'd hit him -- and I'm NOT like that at all. A few other people have said similar things.

It may be that Remeron isn't for you, and that another medication might work better for you. I can't tell you what it is, though.

What I can say, though, is that it doesn't sound as though your psychiatrist is really hearing you. What you're describing is NOT a robust anti-depressant response. That being the case, why continue taking a medication which isn't doing its job? Whether you stop now, and then tell your doctor, or make an appointment to see him ASAP -- in which case I'd ask what sort of taper schedule he recommends, to start immediately -- is up to you. I'm hesitant to advise you to stop the drug, because I don't know your whole situation -- but I do remember how utterly miserable that rage made me, and think changing drugs might be the answer for you.

Good luck, whatever you choose...




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