Compare Remeron vs. Oleptro

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

Remeron
(mirtazapine)

Oleptro
(Trazodone)

Improves mood. Remeron (mirtazapine) improves your mood and helps you sleep better, but can cause more weight gain than any other antidepressant.Improves mood and helps you sleep. Oleptro (Trazodone) works well as a sleep aid, but has more side effects when used at higher doses for treating depression.
Reviews & ratings
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4.46Remeron
Reviews for Remeron
45%
of people (All ages) say Remeron is worth it
39%
say it works well
26%
say it's a big hassle
152 reviews
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Reviews for Oleptro
73%
-28% worse vs. Remeron
49%
-10% worse vs. Remeron
24%
-2% worse vs. Remeron
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Side effects
RemeronOleptro
  • Back pain 1%
  • Swelling in limbs 1%
  • Muscle pain 1%
  • Tremor 1%
  • Confusion 2%
  • Urinary frequency 1%
  • Abnormal thinking 2%
  • Abnormal dreams 3%
  • Flu syndrome 2%
  • Dizziness 4%
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  • Incoordination 2%
  • Ejaculation disorders 2%
  • Decreased libido 2%
  • Hypotension 4%
  • Diarrhea 3%
  • Syncope 4%
  • Musculoskeletal Aches/Pains 2%
  • Tremors 1%
  • Weight Gain 3%
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How it works
RemeronOleptro
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.Oleptro (Trazodone) is a serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SRI) antidepressant. It increases serotonin activity in the brain, which regulates mood.
Type of medication
RemeronOleptro
Prescription onlyLower-cost generic availablePrescription onlyLower-cost generic available
Available as
RemeronOleptro
  • Pill
  • Dissolving tablet
  • Pill
  • Extended release
Used for
RemeronOleptro
Risk factors for serious side effects
RemeronOleptro
  • 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 »
  • Age 24 years or younger
  • History of seizures
  • Alcoholism
  • Eating disorder
  • Higher dose
Detailed Oleptro (Trazodone) risks & warnings »
Pregnancy

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.

Interactions
RemeronOleptro
  • Prescription medications can interact with Remeron (mirtazapine). Let your doctor or pharmacist know if you're on prescription medications currently or within the past 14 days.
No interactions related info.
Sleep
RemeronOleptro
  • Remeron (mirtazapine) can make you sleepy. It is best to take at bedtime.
  • Can help you fall asleep if you have trouble sleeping.
  • Makes you more tired than other antidepressants.
No sleep related info.
Weight
RemeronOleptro
  • Remeron (mirtazapine) can raise your appetite and cause you to gain weight. Remeron (mirtazapine) can also raise your cholesterol.
  • Remeron (mirtazapine) can increase your appetite and cause to you to gain weight.
  • Good option if you are underweight or frail, because it can help you gain weight.
  • More likely to cause minor weight gain (1-5 pounds) and raise cholesterol than any other antidepressant.
No weight related info.
Upsides and benefits
RemeronOleptro
  • Effective at relieving some depression symptoms.
  • Starts to work more quickly than most antidepressants.
  • Can help you fall asleep if you have trouble sleeping.
  • Can also help relieve anxiety.
  • Good option if you are underweight or frail, because it can help you gain weight.
  • Available as a generic.
  • Commonly used in lower doses to help treat sleep problems (insomnia).
  • Safer sleep medication than others (benzodiazepines or Unisom) for people age 65 and older.
  • Fewer sexual side effects than many other antidepressants.
  • Has been used for sleep and depression for a long time. There's a lot of information available about how it works and how safe it is.
  • Comes as a generic medication and is cheaper than many other sleep aides.
  • Six out of ten people who use an antidepressant for the first time find that it works for them.
Downsides and risks
RemeronOleptro
  • Makes you more tired than other antidepressants.
  • More likely to cause minor weight gain (1-5 pounds) and raise cholesterol than any other antidepressant.
  • Not as effective as other medications for depression.
  • More sedating than other antidepressants.
  • Causes more side effects when used at higher doses for depression. Includes sleepiness, dizziness, upset stomach, and irregular heartbeat.
  • 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
RemeronOleptro
  • Remeron (mirtazapine) can make you sleepy. It is best to take at bedtime.
  • Remeron (mirtazapine) can increase your appetite and cause to you to gain weight.
  • You should not abruptly stop Remeron (mirtazapine) as this could cause serious side effects.
  • Prescription medications can interact with Remeron (mirtazapine). Let your doctor or pharmacist know if you're on prescription medications currently or within the past 14 days.
  • Remeron (mirtazapine) should be protected from light. Keep it in it's original package until ready to use.
  • Remeron (mirtazapine) can cause dry mouth. Try using sugar-free gum or candy to help with dry mouth.
  • Makes you sleepy. Take at bedtime.
  • Can cause temporary dry mouth and upset stomach.
  • Seek medical attention for unwanted, persistent erection.
  • Tell your doctor if you notice sudden mood changes or unusual thoughts.
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