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 349 230
Depressed mood 329 186
Major depressive disorder 249 181
Anxious mood 51 44
Mild depression 26 23

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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 103
Moderate 135
Mild 120
None 194

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Mirtazapine

Side effect Patients
Weight gain 72
Increased appetite 32
Drowsiness 24
Sleepiness 22
Fatigue 13
Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) 12

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Mirtazapine

Dosage Patients
15 mg daily 65
30 mg daily 52
45 mg daily 42
7.5 mg daily 15
60 mg daily 5
1 other daily 1
1 tablet(s) daily 1
1.5 mg daily 1
3.5 mg daily 1
4.95 mg daily 1

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Why patients stopped taking Mirtazapine

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Reason Patients
Side effects too severe 191
Did not seem to work 140
Doctor's advice 106
Other 42
Course of treatment ended 15
Personal research 8
Expense 5
Change in health plan coverage 4
See all 356 patients who've stopped taking Mirtazapine

Duration

Currently taking Mirtazapine

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 14
6 months - 1 year 23
1 - 2 years 46
2 - 5 years 55
5 - 10 years 33
10 years or more 14

Stopped taking Mirtazapine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 78
1 - 6 months 134
6 months - 1 year 43
1 - 2 years 42
2 - 5 years 43
5 - 10 years 12
10 years or more 6
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 450
Usually 72
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 86
Not at all hard to take 410
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 3
$100-199 5
$50-99 12
$25-49 27
< $25 245
Not specified 260

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Mirtazapine after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Trazodone (Desyrel) 20
Sertraline (Zoloft) 15
Citalopram (Celexa) 10
Venlafaxine (Effexor XR) 10
Escitalopram (Lexapro) 9

Show all 35 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Mirtazapine and switched to:

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

Show all 32 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

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