It’s Monday night as I type this out but most of you will read it tomorrow morning. I’m trying to get back into scheduling posts but am having difficulties this week. I’ve lost count of how many hours I’ve slept. I’m using the blog to help track the symptoms and other things I experience while on these drugs. So far, I’m not liking the results.
The one positive is that many others who have taken this drug for insomnia claim that it caused them to gain weight due to an increase appetite. While it’s only been a few days for me, I’m finding the polar opposite. It’s suppressed any cravings I’ve had and while hunger wasn’t an issue before, I’m finding that I’m able to maintain that 8 hour window needed for fasting. So, while my days get started later – I’m eating a normal schedule. Today was anything but normal though.
It’s hard to plan your meals when all you want to do is sleep during the day. I woke up around 11:00 am this morning feeling good. But then the dizziness kicked in and I felt the overwhelming exhaustion kick in. Now this could be a side effect from not sleeping for months on end. Maybe it’s my body’s way of saying, “Hey girl, you’re tired. Go sleep.” But it seems that a lot of people report feeling excessive tiredness early on.
I did some reading last night about side effects as I like to know what I’m getting into before getting too attached to something. And that’s the problem with any anxiety meds, sleeping pills or pain medications. A person can become easily dependent on them – even if they don’t have addictive tendancies.
Mirtazapine (Remeron) and Side Effects
Mirtazapine (Remeron) is known as a common antidepressant but many patients use the drug to help combat symptoms of chronic insomnia. When I expressed my interest to my new doctor about losing weight, he suggested Mirtazapine at 15mg per night, gradually increasing to 30mg.
The drug, like many others, can have the usual side effects that many other drugs cause. Drowsiness, dry mouth, moodiness, fever, rash or hot skin in rare cases, and most commonly, weight gain. Posts on reddit that I’ve read over the past few days all claim the same things – that “zombie” like feeling in the first few days or weeks and wanting to sleep more than usual. Some people reported having unusual cravings for carbs and sugary sweets when they took the pill. Last night, I decided to cut the pill in half to see what happened.
And I wound up sleeping ALL day – until about 5:00 pm when I finally crawled out of bed. I wasn’t even hungry but knew that if I didn’t eat, I’d pay for it later.
Because of the increased fatigue since starting the drug on Thursday night, my meal planning and prepping has been limited to low calorie and low prep foods. I’ve relied on bagels for my usual first meal of the day with cream cheese or bread with peanut butter.
Lunch is light with raw vegetables and hummus with a piece of fruit. Or a bowl of soup with a piece of dry toast.
Dinner is no later than 8:00 pm (with exception of tonight) and is usually a combination of raw vegetables, hot soups or frozen meals. This is the bulk of my protein – I’ll have chicken, seafood or whatever I can just cut up or heat up quickly in the microwave.
Snacks are my problem here. Given my hours are so strange, I’m relying on healthy snacks. I had a bag of popcorn last night which is normally my go to snack. I also have grain cereal I can snack on. Low fat yogurt with fruit also works. If I want something sweet, I go for a bowl of rice or tapioca pudding with a couple of pieces of dark chocolate.
I haven’t felt like exercising the last couple of days. The drug is supposed to help with pain as well but today I’m feeling lethargic and heavy in the legs. This could be because I’ve slept so much in the past 48 hours. I desperately need to take out the garbage tomorrow and get some cleaning done this week for junk removal. Tonight the plan is to get to bed by 1:00 am and up by 9:00 am. I do try and set my alarm every day for the same time but I either sleep through it or turn it off.
I gave up on My Fitness Pal. I have the tools I need now. I’m working on a series of planners and work sheets that can be purchased on Etsy. I’m also still working on this website. I sold my first planner tonight on Etsy and I’m quite excited about that. Gives me the push to create more digital products.
This month I plan on getting back into goal setting and tracking progress. The main goal is getting my sleep back on track. My other focus is to find a new condo. I have one month to find a place and sign a lease. All of March will be spent packing and cleaning. Though there isn’t a lot more to do for cleaning – just spot cleaning. I’m getting what I can done now. And have junk removal coming on Friday.
And so, that’s where we are on this Monday night. My head is clear and the ideas are coming to me but this fatigue is overwhelming.
Thanks everyone for the comments and encouragement! It’s appreciated. Make sure to check out my sales on Etsy and new product line that includes habit trackers and planners. I’m also at 800 followers! And my next goal here is 1,000 followers. Maybe you can help?