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
Depressed mood 300 160
Insomnia 283 182
Major Depressive Disorder 213 158
Anxious mood 45 33
Mild Depression 26 20
Sleep problems 23 17

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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
Severe 98
Moderate 113
Mild 111
None 164

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Mirtazapine

Side effect Patients
Weight gain 57
Increased appetite 36
Drowsiness 20
Sleepiness 19
Fatigue 13
Difficulty waking up 11

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Mirtazapine

Dosage Patients
15 mg daily 75
30 mg daily 37
45 mg daily 35
7.5 mg daily 14
60 mg daily 7
0.25 mg daily 1
0.75 mcg daily 1
1 tablet(s) daily 1
10 mg daily 1
22.5 mg daily 1

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Why patients stopped taking Mirtazapine

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Reason Patients
Side effects too severe 177
Did not seem to work 131
Doctor's advice 95
Other 38
Course of treatment ended 13
Personal research 7
Change in health plan coverage 4
Expense 4
See all 324 patients who’ve stopped taking Mirtazapine

Duration

Currently taking Mirtazapine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 33
6 months - 1 year 23
1 - 2 years 35
2 - 5 years 41
5 - 10 years 32
10 years or more 11

Stopped taking Mirtazapine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 71
1 - 6 months 125
6 months - 1 year 40
1 - 2 years 39
2 - 5 years 36
5 - 10 years 9
10 years or more 6
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 387
Usually 70
Sometimes 15
Never taken as prescribed 14
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 27
Somewhat hard to take 27
A little hard to take 83
Not at all hard to take 349
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 3
$100-199 5
$50-99 8
$25-49 30
< $25 221
Not specified 219

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Mirtazapine after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Trazodone (Desyrel) 14
Sertraline (Zoloft) 12
Fluoxetine (Prozac) 10
Citalopram (Celexa) 9
Bupropion (Wellbutrin XL) 8

Show all 32 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Mirtazapine and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 7
Trazodone (Desyrel) 6
Venlafaxine (Effexor XR) 6
Citalopram (Celexa) 3
Escitalopram (Lexapro) 3

Show all 24 treatments patients report switching to

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41 patient evaluations for Mirtazapine

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firefly84
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firefly84
Data Quality: 3 stars
  • Gender: F
  • Age: 32
Condition: Autonomic Neuropathy 25 additional condition(s)
Quality of life:
  • Mental: Mild
  • Physical: Moderate
I am: b
I have:
Autonomic Neuropathy

See firefly84's full Mirtazapine history

Aug 29, 2016 (Started Jun 15, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Mild Depression)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Loss of appetite)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for Insomnia)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 15 mg Daily

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ozzieartist
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ozzieartist
Sex: M
Data Quality: 2 stars
On
Mouth/throat: moderate
Arms: mild
Chest: mild
Legs: moderate
I am: g
I have:
Parkinson's

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Apr 25, 2016 (Started Nov 01, 2003)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 45 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Jun 29, 2012 (Started Nov 01, 2003)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for Anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 30 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I have been advised to stop taking as it may conflict with a new drug which I can only take after stopping this drug - 5 weeks clean out.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Feb 6, 2010 (Started Nov 01, 2003)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for Anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 30 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: It gives me comfort in knowing I wont experience anxiety attacks or depression
Cost: < $25 monthly

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Dawn Angel
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Dawn Angel
Sex: F
Data Quality: 3 stars
On
Mouth/throat: none
Arms: none
Chest: none
Legs: mild
I am: n
I have:
Parkinson's

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Dec 7, 2015 (Started Nov 13, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Tremor in legs)
  • Side effects
    Mild (Headaches, Dry mouth)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 7.5 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Finally able to get to sleep and stay asleep, as it prevents night tremors (when levodopa is low) from being bothersome.  I have been able to reduce daytime levodopa use from 14 grams carbidopa-levodopa 25-100 equivalent to 10.5 grams.  HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
Cost: < $25 monthly

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