Compare Pamelor vs. Remeron

Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.

Pamelor
(nortriptyline)

Remeron
(mirtazapine)

Improves your mood. Pamelor (Nortriptyline) is a good option for treating depression, especially for people who also have problems with persistent nerve pain.Improves mood. Remeron (Mirtazapine) is okay for treating depression and good for sleep. More likely to cause weight gain than any other antidepressant.
Reviews & ratings
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5.47Pamelor
Reviews for Pamelor
79%
of people (All ages) say Pamelor is worth it
79%
say it works well
21%
say it's a big hassle
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Reviews for Remeron
45%
+34% better vs. Pamelor
39%
+40% better vs. Pamelor
26%
+5% better vs. Pamelor
152 reviews
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Side effects
PamelorRemeron

We haven’t found good data for Pamelor side effects.

FDA side effect reports for Pamelor »
  • Drowsiness 36%
  • Dry mouth 10%
  • Increased appetite 15%
  • Constipation 6%
  • Weight gain 10%
  • Muscle weakness 3%
  • Dizziness 4%
  • Flu syndrome 2%
  • Abnormal dreams 3%
  • Thinking abnormal 2%
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How it works
PamelorRemeron
Pamelor (Nortriptyline) is a tricyclic antidepressant (TCA). It helps improve your mood by altering the levels of serotonin, norepinephrine, and other similar chemicals in your brain.Remeron (Mirtazapine) is an atypical antidepressant. It stimulates your body to make certain chemicals in the brain, such as serotonin and norepinephrine, which regulate mood.
Type of medication
PamelorRemeron
Prescription onlyPrescription only
Available as
PamelorRemeron
  • Pill
  • Liquid
  • Pill
  • Dissolving tablet
Used for
PamelorRemeron
Risk factors for serious side effects
PamelorRemeron
  • Age 24 years or younger
  • Age 65 years or older
  • Stopping Pamelor (Nortriptyline) suddenly
  • Using other medications that affect serotonin
  • History of heart disease
Detailed Pamelor (nortriptyline) risks & warnings »
  • Age 24 years or younger
  • Using other medications that affect serotonin
  • History of heart problems
  • History of liver problems
  • Higher dose
Detailed Remeron (mirtazapine) risks & warnings »
Pregnancy

The FDA hasn’t classified this medicine’s effects on unborn babies. Talk with your doctor about this medicine if you’re pregnant or planning on it.

Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

Food
PamelorRemeron
  • Take it with food and/or at bedtime to decrease the potential side effects.
No food related info.
Weight
PamelorRemeron
No weight related info.
  • Remeron (Mirtazapine) can increase appetite and cause you to gain weight.
  • Can increase appetite and weight.
  • More likely to cause minor weight gain (1 to 5 pounds) and raise cholesterol than any other antidepressant.
Upsides and benefits
PamelorRemeron
  • Helpful with treating certain types of pain, like migraines or nerve-related pain.
  • Generally well tolerated and has fewer side effects than other medicines in the same class of drugs.
  • Effective at relieving some depression symptoms.
  • Starts to work more quickly than most antidepressants.
  • Might be a good option for people who have insomnia with their depression, because it can make you very sleepy.
  • Good option for people who are underweight or frail, because it can help you gain weight.
  • Six out of ten people who use an antidepressant for the first time find that it works for them.
Downsides and risks
PamelorRemeron
  • Side effects are usually manageable, but can be annoying.
  • Increases the risk of falls, especially when used in the elderly.
  • There's an increased chance of it causing heart problems, especially in people with a history of heart problems.
  • Not as effective as other medications for depression.
  • More sedating than other antidepressants.
  • More likely to cause minor weight gain (1 to 5 pounds) and raise cholesterol than any other antidepressant.
  • Like most antidepressants, can cause higher risk of suicidal thoughts and behavior for people age 24 and younger.
  • The first antidepressant you try doesn't always work or it can cause side effects you really don't like. You might need to try a few different medications until you find one that works for you.
Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
PamelorRemeron
  • Needs to be taken every day for 1 to 2 weeks to start feeling better, and for 6 to 8 weeks to see the full effect of the medication.
  • It's important to keep taking Pamelor (Nortriptyline) even when you feel your symptoms are getting better.
  • Take it with food and/or at bedtime to decrease the potential side effects.
  • Tell your doctor if you notice sudden mood changes or unusual thoughts.
  • If you decide to stop taking Pamelor (Nortriptyline), work with your doctor to slowly get off this medicine to avoid getting withdrawal symptoms.
  • Makes you sleepy. Take at bedtime.
  • Can increase appetite and weight.
  • Takes 8 to 12 weeks to see full effects on mood.
  • Stop taking slowly to avoid withdrawal symptoms.
  • Tell your doctor if you notice sudden mood changes or unusual thoughts.
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