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Mirtazapine, sold under the brand name Remeron, is an atypical antidepressant that increases levels of serotonin, norepinephrine, and noradrenaline in the brain. It is used to treat major depressive disorder (MDD), but it can also be helpful for panic disorder. Its benefits include improved mood and sleep quality.
✓ Relieving symptoms of depression
Ongoing medication management costs $55/month
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What is mirtazapine?
Mirtazapine, or Remeron, is an antidepressant that treats major depressive disorder and panic disorder. It’s thought to work by affecting levels of serotonin and norepinephrine in your brain, two chemicals that help regulate emotions and sleep. The medication comes in tablet form and may be used alone or in combination with other medications.
How does mirtazapine work?
Like many other antidepressants, mirtazapine increases levels of serotonin and norepinephrine. It acts on specific receptors for both of these neurotransmitters in parts of your brain involved in mood and anxiety regulation. Mirtazapine likely works similarly to other antidepressant medications that increase serotonin and norepinephrine.
What are the side effects of mirtazapine?
Side effects may include drowsiness, dry mouth, nausea, vomiting, and constipation. Tell your provider if any of these side effects are severe or do not go away.
How do I take mirtazapine?
Mirtazapine comes in tablet form to be taken orally. It is usually taken once a day, typically before bedtime. Mirtazapine may be taken with or without food. Take this medication as directed by your provider.
Can I take mirtazapine with other medications?
Do not take mirtazapine with medications that cause drowsiness. Tell your provider about any medications, vitamins, or supplements that you are taking, including blood thinners, migraine prescriptions, and other medications for anxiety or depression. Always ask your provider or pharmacist about possible interactions between different medications before taking them together.
Are there any risks when taking mirtazapine?
People who suffer from low blood pressure or heart, kidney, or liver disease, should inform their provider prior to taking mirtazapine, as it may cause significant problems for these conditions. Also, anyone who is currently breastfeeding, pregnant, or planning to become pregnant should tell her provider. Avoid alcohol while taking mirtazapine, as it can add to the drowsiness caused by this medication. Since mirtazapine can cause drowsiness, do not drive or operate machinery.
How quickly does mirtazapine work?
It can take up to six weeks for your body to adjust to mirtazapine, after which time you may start to feel the full benefits of this medication. Some people may see an improvement in their symptoms after one week. Your provider may start you on a low dose and gradually increase your dose.
How does Nurx work?
Nurx is a telehealth platform offering easy online access to doctors and seamless delivery of medications. No more time-consuming trips to the clinic and no more frantic pharmacy runs. We put you in control of your own health, empowering you to get the care you need, when you need it. From diagnosis to delivery of prescriptions, we make every part of getting healthy and staying healthy, better.
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