I have a bad habit of scouring the message boards on the internet when anything novel enters my life. It’s funny, when I read testimonials on Remeron, by far the most reported side effect is weight gain by “craving” food (particularly sugar-rich food). The other side effect widely reported is its powerful sedative properties. I have yet, after hours of research, been able to find one person who has had the same reaction as I. My reaction has been the opposite. I find it much easier to abstain from food and more difficulty falling asleep. For the first five days I ingested 15 mg. Effects: anxiolytic, sedative (fell asleep within one hour), improved focus (narrowing of thoughts), less impulsivity. On day 6 through the proceeding month, I ingested 30 mg. Effects: anxiety-inducing (opposite of anxiolytic?), first three days: difficulty falling asleep; next week: no trouble falling asleep; next 3 weeks to present (even after reducing to 15 mg for 2 weeks): trouble falling asleep, RLS-like symptoms (universal feeling of agitation, eventually localizing to my left knee-cap). I have, and still do feel mildly drowsy when I take it. When I lay down to sleep, I get about half-way asleep, but then, after 10 minutes, I suddenly feel strangely agitated about nothing. It’s almost if I had had a nightmare that I can’t remember. I then have to pace around for about 30 minutes. Then, I am able to fall asleep. The agitation is a tolerable trade-off for the many benefits. The sleep-issue, however, is troubling since I am a chronic insomniac and it seems to completely negate the Ambien that has helped me for years. I don’t know why I wrote this. I don’t expect any replies as I don’t really have a specific question to ask except for any suggestions about how to fall asleep (yes, I've tried Seroquel (RLS; agitation) (very similar response to the Remeron but more pronounced) , Ambien (current), Trazodone (significant dry-mouth, ineffective), Lunesta (weak), and Rozerum (very weak). My pdoc told me the other week that there really isn't anything he could prescribe me bordering on something extremely drastic. I guess, I’m hoping that some of you that read this might have some insights or similar experiences. Any reply would be helpful and appreciated.
Currently taking: Remeron (30mg), Klonopin (3mg), Ambien (10mg).