What is Mirtazapine?

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Mirtazapine is a type of oral antidepressant that may be used to treat major depressive disorder. 

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Insomnia 368 253
Depressed mood 344 204
Major depressive disorder 258 191
Anxious mood 51 46
Mild depression 29 31

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations Percentage
Severe 110
Moderate 137
Mild 127
None 216

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Mirtazapine

Side effect Patients Percentage
Weight gain 73
Increased appetite 34
Drowsiness 27
Sleepiness 24
Fatigue 15
Difficulty waking up 12

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Mirtazapine

Dosage Patients Percentage
15 mg daily 50
30 mg daily 22
45 mg daily 22
7.5 mg daily 14
60 mg daily 5
1 tablet(s) daily 1
1.1 mg daily 1
10 mg daily 1
7.5 mg twice daily 1
90 mg daily 1

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Why patients stopped taking Mirtazapine

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Reason Patients Percentage
Side effects too severe 197
Did not seem to work 149
Doctor's advice 113
Other 47
Course of treatment ended 17
Personal research 9
Expense 7
Change in health plan coverage 4
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Duration

Currently taking Mirtazapine

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 3
6 months - 1 year 11
1 - 2 years 21
2 - 5 years 41
5 - 10 years 27
10 years or more 15

Stopped taking Mirtazapine

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 78
1 - 6 months 140
6 months - 1 year 52
1 - 2 years 47
2 - 5 years 44
5 - 10 years 13
10 years or more 7
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 481
Usually 75
Sometimes 17
Never taken as prescribed 17
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 30
Somewhat hard to take 26
A little hard to take 88
Not at all hard to take 446
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 3
$100-199 5
$50-99 12
$25-49 28
< $25 257
Not specified 285

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Mirtazapine after stopping:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Trazodone (Desyrel) 22
Sertraline (Zoloft) 16
Venlafaxine (Effexor XR) 14
Citalopram (Celexa) 11
Escitalopram (Lexapro) 11

Show all 38 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Mirtazapine and switched to:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Trazodone (Desyrel) 14
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 9
Venlafaxine (Effexor XR) 7
Sertraline (Zoloft) 5
Zolpidem (Ambien) 5

Show all 38 treatments patients report switching to

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42 patient evaluations for Mirtazapine

May 30, 2019 (Started Aug 15, 2018)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia))
  • Effectiveness
    None (for complex post-traumatic stress disorder)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (sleepiness, excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence))
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 15 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I think this is the main reason I have less nightmares. I wake up without having rested the same as before but at least the nights are less stressful. Something you should have in mind (even though it may be different for each person): this causes excessive sleepiness especially the next 8-9 hours after taken, so better take it right after dinner instead of waiting to bedtime (for example I wake up at 6am so I take it at 9pm) Due to sleepiness increasing as temperature does, I have now decided to only take this on weekends, otherwise I would fall asleep right before dinner.

  • 0 helpful marks

Apr 6, 2018 (Started Jun 15, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for decreased appetite)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for insomnia)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for mild depression)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 15 mg Daily

Aug 29, 2016 (Started Jun 15, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for decreased appetite)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for insomnia)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for mild depression)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 15 mg Daily

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Mar 30, 2017 (Started Jun 15, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for insomnia)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Cost: < $25 monthly

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