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 281 141
Insomnia 250 161
Major Depressive Disorder 180 133
Anxious mood 42 30
Mild Depression 25 14
Sleep problems 20 12

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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 90
Moderate 105
Mild 105
None 136

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Mirtazapine

Side effect Patients
Weight gain 54
Increased appetite 35
Drowsiness 19
Sleepiness 17
Restless feeling in legs 12
Difficulty waking up 11

Show all 155 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Mirtazapine

Dosage Patients
15 mg daily 47
30 mg daily 28
45 mg daily 21
7.5 mg daily 9
60 mg daily 6
0.25 mg daily 1
0.75 mcg daily 1
10 mg daily 1
900 mg daily 1
6,525 mg daily 1

Why patients stopped taking Mirtazapine

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Side effects too severe 164
Did not seem to work 124
Doctor's advice 89
Other 33
Course of treatment ended 12
Personal research 7
Change in health plan coverage 4
Expense 4
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Duration

Currently taking Mirtazapine

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 14
6 months - 1 year 13
1 - 2 years 27
2 - 5 years 38
5 - 10 years 16
10 years or more 8

Stopped taking Mirtazapine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 69
1 - 6 months 117
6 months - 1 year 37
1 - 2 years 34
2 - 5 years 33
5 - 10 years 9
10 years or more 3
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 345
Usually 65
Sometimes 14
Never taken as prescribed 12
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 24
Somewhat hard to take 22
A little hard to take 76
Not at all hard to take 314
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 2
$100-199 4
$50-99 8
$25-49 26
< $25 202
Not specified 194

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Mirtazapine after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Trazodone (Desyrel) 10
Sertraline (Zoloft) 9
Citalopram (Celexa) 7
Fluoxetine (Prozac) 7
Venlafaxine (Effexor XR) 6

Show all 26 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Mirtazapine and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Trazodone (Desyrel) 5
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 4
Escitalopram (Lexapro) 3
Venlafaxine (Effexor XR) 3
Amitriptyline (Elavil) 2

Show all 19 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: mild
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: 3 stars
Depression: 3
Mania: 1
Emotional: 3
Anxiety: 4
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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