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Mianserin is used in the treatment of depression

How it works

Mianserin increases the levels of chemical messengers in the brain that help in regulating the mood and treat depression.

Common side effects

Sleepiness, Increased appetite, Weight gain

Available Medicine

No medicine available

Expert advice

  • You may be at increased risk of suicidal thoughts or actions, especially during first few weeks of treatment. Tell your doctor immediately in case you observe any thoughts of harming or killing yourself at any time.
  • Mianserin can cause a decrease in white blood cells, resulting in the lowering of the body resistance to infection. Seek medical advice immediately if you develop fever, chills, sore throat or mouth ulcers or other signs of frequent infections.
  • Inform your doctor if you have or had seizures (fits), diabetes, jaundice, kidney disease, enlarged prostate gland, heart disease, mental illness such as schizophrenia and manic depression (alternating periods of elation/over activity and depressed mood)a mental condition marked by alternating periods of elation and depression (bipolar disorder), eye problems, such as certain kinds of glaucoma (increased pressure in the eye).
  • Do not drive or operate machinery as mianserin may cause drowsiness, dizziness, or blurred vision.
  • Do not stop taking mianserin suddenly without the advice of your doctor even if you feel better. The dose needs to be reduced gradually before stopping treatment altogether.
  • Tell your doctor if you are or planning to become pregnant or are breastfeeding.

Frequently asked questions


Q. How does mianserin work?
Mianserin belongs to the class of medicines called tetracyclic antidepressants. It corrects the chemical imbalance in the brain thereby relieving the symptoms of depression.

Content on this page was last updated on 09 March, 2017, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)