Remeron

(mirtazapine)

3.3/ 5 average rating with 152 reviewsforRemeron
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Remeron (mirtazapine) improves your mood and helps you sleep better, but can cause more weight gain than any other antidepressant.

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Quick facts about Remeron
  • Drug class: Mental health
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (mirtazapine)

Upsides

  • 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.
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Downsides

  • Makes you more tired than other antidepressants.
  • More likely to cause minor weight gain (1-5 pounds) and raise cholesterol than any other antidepressant.
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How it works

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.

Quick facts about Remeron
  • Drug class: Mental health
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (mirtazapine)

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Dosage forms

  • Pill
  • Dissolving tablet
People’s experience with Remeron

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What to expect when you take Remeron (mirtazapine) for Depression

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  • Possible side effects
  • Drowsiness
  • Increased appetite
  • Dry mouth
  • Constipation
  • Weakness
  • Dizziness
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Side effect rates for Remeron (mirtazapine)

From 814 clinical trials of Remeron when taken for depression (5 - 60 mg/day)
  • Sleepiness
    54%54%
    18%18%
  • Dry mouth
    25%25%
    15%15%
  • Increased appetite  
    17%17%
    2%2%
  • Increased appetite
    17%17%
    2%2%
  • Constipation
    13%13%
    7%7%
  • Weight gain
    12%12%
    2%2%
  • Lack of energy
    8%8%
    5%5%
  • Dizziness
    7%7%
    3%3%
  • Flu syndrome
    5%5%
    3%3%
  • Abnormal dreams
    4%4%
    1%1%
  • Abnormal thinking
    3%3%
    1%1%
  • Back pain
    2%2%
    1%1%
  • Swelling in limbs
    2%2%
    1%1%
  • Muscle pain
    2%2%
    1%1%
  • Tremor
    2%2%
    1%1%
  • Confusion
    2%2%
  • Urinary frequency
    2%2%
    1%1%
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Where we got our data »

The placebo bar shows how common a side effect was for people taking a sugar pill instead of Remeron.

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Risks and Warnings for Remeron (mirtazapine)

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    • Higher risk if:
    • Age 24 years or younger

    Remeron (mirtazapine) may raise the risk of suicidal thoughts or behavior, especially in younger adults. If your mood worsens or you notice any unusual changes in mood or behavior, especially during the first few months of treatment or when the dose changes, let your doctor know right away. Remeron (mirtazapine) should not be used if you are younger than 18 years of age.

    This is a black box warning. The FDA requires this warning when there is a significant risk of serious or life-threatening effects that anyone taking the drug should consider.

Means that some groups have a high risk of experiencing this side effect

Pharmacist Q&A

Remeron (mirtazapine) questions for

Frequently Asked Questions

This medication treats depression.

Who is this drug for?

This medication treats depression.

Common concerns from people taking Remeron (mirtazapine)

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Interactions
  • 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.
Pain
  • Not worth it
    Reviewed mirtazapineon 10/15/2017Worked for 3 months 30mg taken at night but after 3 months anxiety overtook me 24 hours daily - chest pains, blood pressure variations. Dropped down to 15mg which uinitially brought quick relief but after 2 weeks anxiety returned. so stopped completely - after 4 weeks withdrawal effects seem to be mostly gone but a lot of anxiety/panic
    60
    Man
    A few months
    Anxiety
Sleep
  • 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.
  • Worth it
    Low hassle
    Reviewed Remeronon 8/20/2017Take it and sleep like a log, don't worry about side-effects, for most people, there are none.
    33
    Man
    A year or so
    Depression
  • Worth it
    Low hassle
    Reviewed Remeronon 9/1/2016A few sideffects but overcame these within a few weeks - great for anxiety in combo with diazepam/clonazepam. Taking 45mg every night. Sleepiness was only noticeable when I was taking 15mg on the way up to my current dose thankfully :)
    21
    Man
    Depression
  • Worth it
    Some hassle
    Reviewed Remeronon 8/30/201615mg in morn,15mg at night.occasionally drowsy.anxiety a million times better.now learning to drive again(terrified before)Now over my bad needle phobia .no more night terrors or insomnia.also take Bach rescue remedy as needed helps alot
    29
    Woman
    Depression
Weight
  • 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.
  • Not worth it
    Reviewed Remeronon 9/30/2017Took for about 9mos w/NP in BR, NP w/O's. Weight gain was the dealbreaker. Join a gym or prepare to gain15-20lbs. You'll never be full! It's nuts! Cured my insomnia tho & in conjunction w/an SSRI the result was impressive. Helped a bit with my social anxiety & enabled me to re-engage in life for a while. But,at barely 5'1" - an extra 20lbs does NOT work in my favor. That took care of my sex drive, sex life and 190lbs of BF. Withdrawal & weight loss weren't bad at all tho.
    28
    Woman
    A few months
    Depression
  • Worth it
    Some hassle
    Reviewed Remeronon 8/18/2017You will gain weight, you will be hungry at night. I think it causes binge eating. It is also the best antidepressant I have ever taken.
    40
    Woman
    A year or so
    Depression
  • Not worth it
    Big hassle
    Reviewed Remeronon 9/30/2016Side effects awful weight gain and they suddenly stop working but you still get withdrawal
    32
    Woman
    Depression