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 293 149
Insomnia 273 173
Major Depressive Disorder 200 150
Anxious mood 44 30
Mild Depression 26 17
Sleep problems 22 13

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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 96
Moderate 114
Mild 107
None 149

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Mirtazapine

Side effect Patients
Weight gain 54
Increased appetite 34
Drowsiness 19
Sleepiness 19
Fatigue 12
Difficulty waking up 11

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Mirtazapine

Dosage Patients
15 mg daily 67
30 mg daily 37
45 mg daily 28
7.5 mg daily 13
60 mg daily 5
0.25 mg daily 1
0.75 mcg daily 1
1 tablet(s) daily 1
10 mg daily 1
15 mg twice daily 1

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Why patients stopped taking Mirtazapine

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Reason Patients
Side effects too severe 172
Did not seem to work 126
Doctor's advice 93
Other 36
Course of treatment ended 13
Personal research 7
Change in health plan coverage 4
Expense 4
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Duration

Currently taking Mirtazapine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 7
1 - 6 months 16
6 months - 1 year 22
1 - 2 years 32
2 - 5 years 39
5 - 10 years 29
10 years or more 10

Stopped taking Mirtazapine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 71
1 - 6 months 120
6 months - 1 year 38
1 - 2 years 38
2 - 5 years 36
5 - 10 years 9
10 years or more 3
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 367
Usually 70
Sometimes 15
Never taken as prescribed 14
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 26
Somewhat hard to take 26
A little hard to take 82
Not at all hard to take 332
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 3
$100-199 4
$50-99 8
$25-49 29
< $25 212
Not specified 210

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Mirtazapine after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Sertraline (Zoloft) 11
Trazodone (Desyrel) 11
Fluoxetine (Prozac) 9
Bupropion (Wellbutrin XL) 7
Citalopram (Celexa) 7

Show all 31 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Mirtazapine and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Trazodone (Desyrel) 5
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 4
Venlafaxine (Effexor XR) 4
Citalopram (Celexa) 3
Temazepam (Restoril) 3

Show all 20 treatments patients report switching to

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40 patient evaluations for Mirtazapine

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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

  • 0 helpful marks
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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MIKE GRIST
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MIKE GRIST
Gender: M
Data Quality: 1 star
Depression: 3
Mania: 1
Emotional: 3
Anxiety: 3
Compulsion: 4
External Stress: Overwhelming
56 M
Function: Low
Distress: High
I am: vb
I have:
Mild Depression

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Sep 6, 2015 (Started Sep 15, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Mild Depression)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Depressed mood)
  • Side effects
    Mild (Lightheadedness)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 30 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: unsure at present. need to evaluate later, have only recently re-started this medication. So far difficult to say if better or worse than Sertraline
Cost: < $25 monthly

Aug 15, 2015 (Started Sep 15, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Mild Depression)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Depressed mood)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (Lightheadedness)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 30 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

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