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    Information about Mirtazapine

    Mirtazapine uses

    Mirtazapine is used in the treatment of depression.

    How mirtazapine works

    Mirtazapine is an antidepressant. It works by increasing the levels of chemical messengers (serotonin and noradrenaline), natural substances in the brain that help maintain mental balance.

    Common side effects of mirtazapine

    Sleepiness, Dryness in mouth, Increased appetite, Headache, Weight gain
    Content Details
    Written By
    Dr. Swati Mishra
    Reviewed By
    Dr. Varun Gupta
    MD (Pharmacology), MBBS
    Last updated on:
    16 Oct 2019 | 01:31 PM (IST)
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    Expert advice for Mirtazapine

    • Mirtazapine starts to work more quickly than other antidepressants.
    • Avoid driving or operating dangerous machinery as it may decrease alertness.
    • Avoid consuming alcohol when taking the Mirtazapine, as it may cause excessive drowsiness and calmness.
    • If your doctor asks you to stop Mirtazapine, you should reduce the dose slowly over 4 weeks. You should not discontinue it abruptly.
    • Notify your doctor immediately if you develop a sore throat or fever or stomatitis during treatment with Mirtazapine.

    Frequently asked questions for Mirtazapine


    Q. Is Mirtazapine an SSRI/ MAOI/opiate/ narcotic/ benzo/tricyclic antidepressant?

    Mirtazapine is a tetracyclic antidepressant. It is not SSRI/ MAOI/opiate/narcotic

    Q. Is Mirtazapine addictive?

    No, Mirtazapine is not addictive. Patient should follow the advice of the doctor regarding its use

    Q. Is Mirtazapine safe?

    Mirtazapine is safe if used at prescribed dose and duration as advised by your doctor

    Q. Can I take Mirtazapine forever?

    No, patient should take Mirtazapine for the given duration as advised by your doctor

    Q. Can I take mirtazapine for sleep with citalopram?

    No, Patient should not take mirtazapine with citalopram because it may cause serious side effects. Always consult your doctor regarding its use

    Q. Can you take Mirtazapine for sleep?

    Mirtazapine is specifically used to treat major depressive disorder. Patient should follow the advice of the doctor regarding its use

    Q. Can I take mirtazapine with sertraline/ citalopram/ fluoxetine/ antibiotics/ zopiclone/ amitryptline/ tramadol/ diazepam/ ambien/ Xanax?

    Taking other medicines may alter the effects of mirtazapine. Always consult your doctor for the change of dose regimen or an alternative drug of choice that may strictly be required

    Q. Does Mirtazapine cause weight gain/memory loss/ insomnia/ make you eat more/ make you constipated?

    Mirtazapine may cause these side effects. However, consult your doctor if you experience any of these symptoms

    Q. Does Mirtazapine treat anxiety/lower seizure threshold?

    Mirtazapine may be used to treat anxiety but not to lower the seizure threshold. Care should be taken in patients with seizures

    Q. Does Mirtazapine contain benzodiazepine?

    No, it does not contain benzodiazepine.

    Content on this page was last updated on 16 October, 2019, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)