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Is it safe to give my 11 year old daughter Mirtazapine,15? I am desperate for professional thoughts on this, recognizing that there is no clear answer. For over a year now, my daughter has struggled with sleep. Both going to sleep and staying asleep - fears take over, yet no anxiety during the day. Numerous psychologists, blood work, at home techniques - I've tried it all. She can only sleep with someone with her. She had always been a great sleeper (bad dreams that wake her was the only thing prior to age 10). I was prescribed this (from my psychiatrist who offered to meet with and help my daughter) and was very reluctant to try but in a desperate moment had her on it for a week with great results, but I stopped feeling that it just isn't worth the risk. But after a year, and no real improvement, should I have her take the Mirtazapine? Please pediatricians, I beg of you, would you give your child this at this age? She is showing beginning signs of puberty, if it matters.

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replied December 18th, 2018
Grade School Kids Health Answer A64681
Thank you for asking at Ehealth forum!

I read your question and i understand your concern. safety and efficacy of mirtazapine is not established in children and should be avoided. Let your psychiatrist decide how to tackle this anxiety in 11 year old. Small doses of chlordiazepoxide can be tried.

I hope it helps. Stay in touch with your healthcare provider for further guidance as our answers are just for education and counselling purposes and cannot be an alternative to actual visit to a doctor.
Take care

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