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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.


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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