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 353 239
Depressed mood 331 190
Major depressive disorder 251 186
Anxious mood 51 45
Mild depression 27 25

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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 105
Moderate 135
Mild 123
None 203

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Mirtazapine

Side effect Patients
Weight gain 73
Increased appetite 33
Drowsiness 24
Sleepiness 22
Fatigue 14
Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) 12

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Mirtazapine

Dosage Patients
15 mg daily 55
30 mg daily 42
45 mg daily 36
7.5 mg daily 14
60 mg daily 4
30mg as needed 2
1 other daily 1
1.2 mg 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 192
Did not seem to work 144
Doctor's advice 109
Other 44
Course of treatment ended 14
Personal research 8
Expense 6
Change in health plan coverage 4
See all 363 patients who've stopped taking Mirtazapine

Duration

Currently taking Mirtazapine

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 19
6 months - 1 year 12
1 - 2 years 37
2 - 5 years 44
5 - 10 years 33
10 years or more 13

Stopped taking Mirtazapine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 78
1 - 6 months 137
6 months - 1 year 46
1 - 2 years 44
2 - 5 years 42
5 - 10 years 12
10 years or more 6
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 461
Usually 75
Sometimes 16
Never taken as prescribed 14
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 29
Somewhat hard to take 27
A little hard to take 87
Not at all hard to take 423
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 3
$100-199 5
$50-99 12
$25-49 27
< $25 250
Not specified 269

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Mirtazapine after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Trazodone (Desyrel) 20
Sertraline (Zoloft) 15
Citalopram (Celexa) 10
Escitalopram (Lexapro) 10
Fluoxetine (Prozac) 10

Show all 36 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Mirtazapine and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Trazodone (Desyrel) 10
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 9
Venlafaxine (Effexor XR) 6
Amitriptyline (Elavil) 4
Citalopram (Celexa) 4

Show all 34 treatments patients report switching to

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40 patient evaluations for Mirtazapine

Apr 6, 2018 (Started Jun 15, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for mild depression)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for insomnia)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for decreased appetite)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 15 mg Daily

Aug 29, 2016 (Started Jun 15, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for decreased appetite)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for mild depression)
  • 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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