Mirtazapine is the general form of the branded antidepressant Remeron, which is used to treat depression and other diseases.
In some patients, depression may be associated with abnormal levels of neurotransmitters, brain chemicals that nerve cells use to communicate with each other.
Remeron (mirtazapine), which belongs to a class of drugs known as tetracyclic antidepressants, can treat depression by reducing the level of neurotransmitters in the brain.
Antidepressants, such as Mirtazapine, are also prescribed for the treatment of other conditions, such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and other anxiety disorders.
The drug is also prescribed as an appetite stimulant. One of the most common side effects is weight gain.
Mirtazapine was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use as an antidepressant in 1996. His patent expired in 2004, and now general versions of the drug are available.
Like many antidepressants, the FDA requires Mirtazapine to keep a warning because of the increased risk of suicide.
Before you start using Mirtazapine, tell your doctor about your family’s medical history, including any mental disorders or history of attempted suicide.
If you are using Mirtazapine, tell your doctor immediately if you notice a worsening of depression or other psychiatric conditions or any unusual behavioral changes, especially if you are under 25 years old.
This includes possible suicidal thoughts, new or worsening anxiety or panic attacks.
You should also tell your doctor if you have trouble sleeping, you are easily irritated or begin to take impulsive actions.
Be especially attentive to these symptoms when you start taking this medication or when changing the dose.
Your doctor also needs to know if you have liver or kidney disease, any type of cramps, high cholesterol, heart disease, or if you have ever had a heart attack or stroke.
Mirtazapine and sleep
Some doctors prescribe Mirtazapine or other antidepressants for the treatment of sleep disorders, such as insomnia.
Talk with your doctor about using Mirtazapine or other medications to treat sleep disorders.
Anecdotal reports show that some people used Mirtazapine to “get the most”, mainly because of its sedative effects.
Recreational use of this drug can lead to serious side effects and death, especially when combined with alcohol or other drugs.
Withdrawal from Mirtazapine
Do not stop using Mirtazapine without first discussing it with your doctor.
If Mirtazapine stops suddenly, you may experience withdrawal symptoms such as dizziness, headache, nausea and mood changes.
You may experience withdrawal symptoms, even if you miss several doses, so it is recommended to gradually reduce the dose of Mirtazapine when therapy stops.
Pregnancy and Mirtazapine
There have been no significant studies on the use of Mirtazapine by pregnant women, and it is not known whether Mirtazapine can pass through the mother’s breast milk to an infant.
Several studies have related to the use of antidepressants during pregnancy with a higher overall risk of stillbirth and newborn death.
Other, more recent studies show that risk can not be justified.
If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, you and your doctor should determine whether the benefits of using Mirtazapine exceed the potential risks.
Mirtazapine for cats and dogs
Veterinarians can prescribe Mirtazapine as an appetizer stimulant.
Drowsiness is the most common side effect in pets.
Give this drug to your cat or dog only as directed by your veterinarian and inform your veterinarian of any other remedies that your pet can take.