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 305 171
Insomnia 294 196
major depressive disorder 219 163
Anxious mood 46 38
mild depression 26 22
Sleep problems 24 22

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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 99
Moderate 119
Mild 115
None 172

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Mirtazapine

Side effect Patients
Weight gain 61
Increased appetite 36
Drowsiness 21
Sleepiness 19
Fatigue 13
Difficulty waking up 11

Show all 177 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Mirtazapine

Dosage Patients
15 mg daily 78
45 mg daily 38
30 mg daily 35
7.5 mg daily 16
60 mg daily 5
0.25 mg daily 1
0.75 mcg daily 1
1 tablet(s) daily 1
1.5 capsule(s) daily 1
10 mg daily 1

See all 17 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Mirtazapine

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Reason Patients
Side effects too severe 180
Did not seem to work 131
Doctor's advice 96
Other 38
Course of treatment ended 13
Personal research 7
Change in health plan coverage 4
Expense 4
See all 327 patients who've stopped taking Mirtazapine

Duration

Currently taking Mirtazapine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 3
1 - 6 months 30
6 months - 1 year 17
1 - 2 years 37
2 - 5 years 49
5 - 10 years 33
10 years or more 14

Stopped taking Mirtazapine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 71
1 - 6 months 127
6 months - 1 year 41
1 - 2 years 39
2 - 5 years 36
5 - 10 years 9
10 years or more 6
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 405
Usually 70
Sometimes 16
Never taken as prescribed 14
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 27
Somewhat hard to take 27
A little hard to take 86
Not at all hard to take 365
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 3
$100-199 5
$50-99 8
$25-49 30
< $25 226
Not specified 233

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Mirtazapine after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Trazodone (Desyrel) 15
Sertraline (Zoloft) 12
Fluoxetine (Prozac) 10
Citalopram (Celexa) 9
Bupropion (Wellbutrin XL) 8

Show all 33 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Mirtazapine and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 7
Trazodone (Desyrel) 5
Venlafaxine (Effexor XR) 5
Citalopram (Celexa) 4
Amitriptyline (Elavil) 3

Show all 24 treatments patients report switching to

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41 patient evaluations for Mirtazapine

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

  • 0 helpful marks

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

  • 0 helpful marks

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

  • 0 helpful marks
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