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 321 210
Depressed mood 315 179
Major depressive disorder 227 170
Anxious mood 48 42
Mild depression 26 22

Show all 132 reasons taken


  • 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 123
Mild 118
None 186

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Mirtazapine

Side effect Patients
Weight gain 63
Increased appetite 31
Drowsiness 23
Sleepiness 19
Fatigue 13
Difficulty waking up 11

Show all 179 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Mirtazapine

Dosage Patients
15 mg daily 64
30 mg daily 46
45 mg daily 32
7.5 mg daily 17
60 mg daily 4
0.25 mg daily 1
0.75 mcg daily 1
1 other daily 1
1 tablet(s) daily 1
1.5 capsule(s) daily 1

See all 16 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Mirtazapine

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Reason Patients
Side effects too severe 184
Did not seem to work 132
Doctor's advice 100
Other 40
Course of treatment ended 13
Personal research 8
Change in health plan coverage 4
Expense 4
See all 335 patients who've stopped taking Mirtazapine

Duration

Currently taking Mirtazapine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 2
1 - 6 months 19
6 months - 1 year 28
1 - 2 years 33
2 - 5 years 52
5 - 10 years 26
10 years or more 14

Stopped taking Mirtazapine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 71
1 - 6 months 132
6 months - 1 year 42
1 - 2 years 40
2 - 5 years 36
5 - 10 years 10
10 years or more 6
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 425
Usually 71
Sometimes 16
Never taken as prescribed 14
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 27
Somewhat hard to take 29
A little hard to take 87
Not at all hard to take 383
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 3
$100-199 5
$50-99 12
$25-49 29
< $25 237
Not specified 240

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Mirtazapine after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Trazodone (Desyrel) 16
Sertraline (Zoloft) 13
Fluoxetine (Prozac) 10
Citalopram (Celexa) 9
Bupropion (Wellbutrin XL) 8

Show all 34 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Mirtazapine and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 8
Venlafaxine (Effexor XR) 7
Trazodone (Desyrel) 6
Citalopram (Celexa) 4
Amitriptyline (Elavil) 3

Show all 27 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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