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5 days is definitely not enough to know if Remeron is working for you. I gave it 4 weeks and I think I gave up on it too quickly. I would say you should notice some slight improvement within 2 weeks, but it could take a good 4-6 weeks to see *real* improvement. You might also need a dosage adjustment before giving up. What dosage are you on now? The reason I ask is that I've read the starting dose of 15mg is more of a sleep aid than anything else and that you often have to go above that to notice depression/anxiety relief. Again, I gave up on the drug (because I hate taking meds, not because I was noticing no relief) before I could explore that tendency. What I can say is that I never noticed any increased anxiety while on it.
It took me a good month or more before the day time groggy feeling seemed better.
Like you, the anxiety is still with me & I've been on the Remeron since May. I took Xanax the first few weeks as the psych doc said anxiety might be worse in the beginning- she said I would know when I didn't need the Xanax anymore because it would make me too sleepy- that never happened, maybe because I always used a very low dose of Xanax ( 1/2 of a .25 mgm tab). The doc added Buspar about mid August. She wanted me to take 15 mgm of the Buspar 2 x day-- I gave it a few weeks but I can't stand the weird feeling you get from Buspar for the first hour or so. I am now taking Buspar 7.5 mgm 2-3 times per day. It helps a little but I'm still struggeling with anxiety. I've had additional health problems crop up & am in a lot of pain, so I'm sure that's not helping matters.

I read somewhere that Remeron will pull you out of the deepest darkest depression- I'm not feeling that effect but maybe it's because I have so much to deal with right now. This is my first try at medication also so I know how you feel-- you just don't know what to expect. I was hoping to feel better than this & not have the creepy crawlies of the anxiety still driving me crazy.
What dose are you on ? Please keep us Remeron users posted. I'm not sure if I should be trying something else or not.....if this is as good as it gets, I'm not happy with it. You do need to give it more time though.

anxiousinnj
nuttygirl,

Right now I just take Remeron 22.5 mgm at night and Buspar 7.5 mgm 2-3 times per day.

I asked my doc if I could take Xanax if I really was jumping out of my skin & she said yes, but she would rather that I didn't. In other words only in a real panic emergency.
Like you, I would prefer to be on more for the anxiety & then I think I would not be depressed !

Have you taken both the Xanax & Buspar ? Together at the same time or different times during the day? What doses?
sorry for all the questions...I'm still trying to figure this all out.





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