Mirtazapine, Mirtazapine Odt
Generic Remeron Soltab, Remeron
Mirtazapine (mir TAZ a peen) is a generic medication prescribed for depression in adults. Mirtazapine belongs to a group of drugs called antidepressants.
Medically reviewed by Patricia Weiser, PharmD on May 11, 2023
Written by Sarah Lewis, PharmD
This article describes mirtazapine’s uses, side effects, and more. Below you’ll also find some coupon options to help save on the cost of mirtazapine.
Mirtazapine comes as an oral tablet that you swallow and an orally disintegrating tablet (ODT) that dissolves in your mouth. This article doesn’t provide coupons for all forms of mirtazapine. To find out more about mirtazapine ODT, see this article.
Boxed warning: Risk of suicidal thoughts and behaviors
Mirtazapine has a boxed warning about the risk of suicidal thoughts and behaviors in people ages 24 years and younger. Boxed warnings are the most serious warnings from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
For details, see the “Interactions and warnings for mirtazapine” section below.
Side effects of mirtazapine
Mirtazapine may cause mild or serious side effects. More common mild side effects of mirtazapine and its serious side effects are listed below. This article doesn’t include all possible side effects of the drug. Side effects can vary based on your age, overall health, and any other medications you take.
To learn more about mirtazapine’s side effects, see this article or ask your doctor or pharmacist. You can also read the prescribing information* for mirtazapine.
* To view mirtazapine’s prescribing information, see the “Article resources” section below.
Mild side effects
More common mild side effects reported with mirtazapine are listed below. This article doesn’t include all possible mild side effects of the drug.
With many drugs, mild side effects may go away within a few days or a couple of weeks. If the side effects are bothersome, tell your doctor or pharmacist. They may be able to suggest ways to manage them.
Mirtazapine’s mild side effects include:
- increased appetite
- weight gain
- mild allergic reaction*
* For details about this side effect, see the “Interactions and warnings for mirtazapine” section below.
Serious side effects
Serious side effects of mirtazapine are listed below. This article doesn’t include all possible serious side effects of the drug.
With many drugs, serious side effects are possible but not common. If you have serious side effects from this drug, call your doctor right away. If you’re having severe symptoms or a medical emergency, call 911 or a local emergency number.
In general, mirtazapine’s serious side effects include:
- mania (episodes of very high energy)
- discontinuation syndrome (side effects that can happen when you stop mirtazapine, especially when you stop it suddenly)
- high levels of cholesterol and triglycerides (certain kinds of fats in your bloodstream)
- increased liver enzyme levels, which can be a sign of liver problems
- low sodium (salt) level
- long QT syndrome (changes in the heart’s electrical signals, which can lead to serious and life threatening heart rhythm problems)
- serotonin syndrome (too much of the chemical serotonin, which can be life threatening)
- severely low levels of white blood cells, which results in reduced immune system activity
- boxed warning: risk of suicidal thoughts and behaviors in young adults*
- severe allergic reaction*
* For details about this side effect, see the “Interactions and warnings for mirtazapine” section below.
If you or someone you know is in crisis and considering suicide or self-harm, please seek support:
- Call the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline at 988.
- Text HOME to the Crisis Textline at 741741.
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- Call 911 or your local emergency services number if you feel safe to do so.
If you’re calling on behalf of someone else, stay with them until help arrives. You may remove weapons or substances that can cause harm if you can do so safely.
If you are not in the same household, stay on the phone with them until help arrives.
Common questions about mirtazapine
Below you’ll find answers to a few commonly asked questions about mirtazapine.
Can mirtazapine be used for sleep or anxiety?
Possibly. Mirtazapine isn’t approved for sleep problems or anxiety. But doctors may choose to prescribe it for these purposes, especially if you have depression. It’s called an off-label use when doctors prescribe a drug for a condition other than its approved uses. Mirtazapine is approved for depression treatment.
It’s important to note that mirtazapine can cause sleepiness as a side effect, so doctors usually recommend taking it at bedtime.
Talk with your doctor if you’d like to learn more about taking mirtazapine for sleep or anxiety.
What brand names are available for mirtazapine?
Mirtazapine oral tablet is available as the brand-name drug Remeron. The mirtazapine orally disintegrating tablet is available as the brand-name drug Remeron SolTab.
If you’re interested in the brand-name versions of mirtazapine, talk with your doctor or pharmacist.
Is mirtazapine safe for older adults?
Yes, but there are precautions for older adults (ages 65 years and over) taking mirtazapine.
In older adults, sleepiness caused by mirtazapine can lead to confusion and being overly sleepy. Older adults also tend to have reduced kidney function and other changes in organ function. This can lead to a higher level of mirtazapine in the body and other problems.
Due to these risks, doctors usually start with a low dose of mirtazapine in older adults.
If you’re concerned about taking mirtazapine because of your age, talk with your doctor or pharmacist.
Does mirtazapine cause withdrawal symptoms?
Yes, mirtazapine can cause withdrawal symptoms, also called discontinuation syndrome. These are symptoms that can occur if you stop taking a drug your body has become dependent on. Suddenly stopping the drug increases the risk of these symptoms.
Withdrawal symptoms can include:
- abnormal dreams
- anxiety or agitation
- electric shock sensations or other strange feelings
- fatigue (low energy)
- nausea and vomiting
- shaking you can’t control
Do not stop taking mirtazapine without talking with your doctor. They can answer any questions about stopping the drug and how to do it safely.
How does mirtazapine work? And how long does it take to start working?
Mirtazapine is thought to work by balancing chemical messengers in the brain. These chemical messengers are called neurotransmitters. The ones that mirtazapine affects likely play a role in your mood. Balancing them can help to treat depression.
When you start mirtazapine, some of your symptoms may ease within 1–2 weeks. Like other antidepressants, it can take several weeks to feel the full effect of mirtazapine.
Talk with your doctor or pharmacist to find out more about what to expect with mirtazapine.
Is mirtazapine similar to trazodone?
Yes, mirtazapine and trazodone are similar. They’re both antidepressants that affect similar chemical messengers in the brain. Their side effects and warnings are also similar. But the drugs do have some differences, such as their dosing.
If you have questions about trazodone and how it compares with mirtazapine, talk with your doctor or pharmacist.
Interactions and warnings for mirtazapine
Below, you’ll find information about mirtazapine’s possible interactions and warnings.
Interactions of mirtazapine
For some medications, certain things may affect how the drug works. These include getting vaccines, consuming alcohol or certain foods, or taking the drug with other medications. This effect is called a drug interaction.
Before you take mirtazapine, ask your doctor to check for possible interactions. Be sure to tell them about any of the following you take or use:
- prescription drugs
- over-the-counter medications
- vitamins, herbs, or supplements
To learn about drug-condition interactions, see the “Warnings for mirtazapine” section just below.
Warnings for mirtazapine
Some people should not take mirtazapine, and others should take it cautiously.
Boxed warning: Risk of suicidal thoughts and behaviors
Mirtazapine has a boxed warning about the risk of suicidal thoughts and behaviors in certain people. Boxed warnings are the most serious warnings from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
With antidepressants such as mirtazapine, there is an increased risk of suicidal thoughts and actions in children, teenagers, and young adults (ages 24 years and younger). The risk is highest during the first few months of treatment and during dosage changes.
Keep in mind that depression can also cause suicidal thoughts and behaviors. Doctors prescribe mirtazapine for depression.
Due to this risk, mirtazapine is not approved for use in people younger than age 18 years. Your doctor will monitor for any new changes in your mood, behavior, thoughts, or feelings during mirtazapine treatment. Your doctor will also ask your family or caregivers to watch for these signs.
To learn more, talk with your doctor or pharmacist.
Mirtazapine could cause harm to people with certain health conditions. This effect is called a drug-condition interaction. Other factors can also affect whether mirtazapine is a safe option for you.
Ask your doctor about specific warnings for mirtazapine, and be sure to tell your doctor about your:
- current health, including any allergies to medications
- past health conditions or surgeries
Mirtazapine can cause an allergic reaction in some people. Severe allergic reactions are rare but possible.
If you’ve had an allergic reaction to mirtazapine or any of its ingredients, your doctor will likely not prescribe mirtazapine. They can tell you about medications that are safer options for you.
A mild allergic reaction may cause the following symptoms:
A severe allergic reaction may cause the following symptoms:
- severe skin rashes that may blister and peel
- swelling under your skin, usually in your hands, feet, eyelids, or lips
- swelling of your mouth, throat, or tongue, which can cause breathing problems
If you have an allergic reaction to mirtazapine, call your doctor right away. If you have severe symptoms, call 911 or a local emergency number.
Pregnancy or breastfeeding and mirtazapine
Information about mirtazapine, pregnancy, and breastfeeding is described below.
Mirtazapine and pregnancy
It’s not known whether mirtazapine should be taken during pregnancy. If you’re planning a pregnancy or can become pregnant, talk with your doctor before taking this medication.
If you take mirtazapine during pregnancy, you could consider joining the drug’s pregnancy registry. Pregnancy registries help gather information about how certain drugs affect pregnancy. To learn more or sign up, you can call 866-961-2388 or visit the registry website. You can also talk with your doctor.
Mirtazapine and breastfeeding
It’s not known whether mirtazapine should be taken while breastfeeding. If you’re currently breastfeeding or planning to do so, talk with your doctor before taking this medication.
Uses of mirtazapine
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approves prescription drugs such as mirtazapine for certain conditions. Mirtazapine’s approved use is described below.
Use for depression
Doctors may prescribe mirtazapine for treating depression. It’s used for this purpose in adults. It’s usually prescribed as a long-term treatment.
With depression, you have changes in the way you feel, think, and act. Symptoms can include:
- feelings of hopelessness, sadness, or worthlessness
- increased sleeping or other sleep problems
- lack of energy
- loss of interest in activities
- low appetite
Doctors may not prescribe mirtazapine in certain situations, such as for people who also take monoamine oxidase inhibitor drugs.
Dosage of mirtazapine
The dosage of mirtazapine your doctor prescribes may vary based on your condition and certain other factors. Talk with your doctor about the dosage you should follow.
You should swallow mirtazapine oral tablet. Mirtazapine oral disintegrating tablet is taken by putting it on your tongue and letting it dissolve.
Take mirtazapine once a day, preferably in the evening or at bedtime. Both forms of mirtazapine can be taken with or without food.
Your doctor will talk with you about how to take mirtazapine. They’ll explain how much to take and how often. Always follow your doctor’s recommendation.
Overdose of mirtazapine
You should not take more mirtazapine than your doctor prescribes. For some drugs, doing so may lead to serious side effects or overdose.
If you think you’ve taken too much mirtazapine, call your doctor or pharmacist right away. Or you could call 800-222-1222 to speak with someone at America’s Poison Centers. You can also use its online resource. If you have concerning symptoms, call 911 or a local emergency number immediately. You can also go to the closest emergency room.
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What to ask your doctor
This article describes mirtazapine’s uses and dosage, ways to save on cost, and more. Let your doctor know if you have questions about mirtazapine or would like more details about it.
Here’s a list of some possible questions you may want to ask your doctor:
- Can mirtazapine cause sexual side effects?
- What is the best time of day to take mirtazapine?
- Is mirtazapine safe for me, given my other medical conditions and medications?
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Drugs like this one have raised the chance of suicidal thoughts or actions in children and young adults. The risk may be greater in people who have had these thoughts or actions in the past. All people who take this drug need to be watched closely. Call the doctor right away if signs like low mood (depression), nervousness, restlessness, grouchiness, panic attacks, or changes in mood or actions are new or worse. Call the doctor right away if any thoughts or actions of suicide occur. This drug is not approved for use in children. Talk with the doctor.
What is this drug used for?
It is used to treat low mood (depression). It may be given to you for other reasons. Talk with the doctor.
What do I need to tell my doctor BEFORE I take this drug?
If you are allergic to this drug; any part of this drug; or any other drugs, foods, or substances. Tell your doctor about the allergy and what signs you had. If you are taking any of these drugs: Certain drugs used for anxiety, sleep, or other health problems like alprazolam or diazepam. If you have taken certain drugs for depression or Parkinson's disease in the last 14 days. This includes isocarboxazid, phenelzine, tranylcypromine, selegiline, or rasagiline. Very high blood pressure may happen. If you are taking any of these drugs: Linezolid or methylene blue. This is not a list of all drugs or health problems that interact with this drug. Tell your doctor and pharmacist about all of your drugs (prescription or OTC, natural products, vitamins) and health problems. You must check to make sure that it is safe for you to take this drug with all of your drugs and health problems. Do not start, stop, or change the dose of any drug without checking with your doctor.
What are some things I need to know or do while I take this drug?
Tell all of your health care providers that you take this drug. This includes your doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists. It may take several weeks to see the full effects. Do not stop taking this drug all of a sudden without calling your doctor. You may have a greater risk of side effects. If you need to stop this drug, you will want to slowly stop it as ordered by your doctor. Avoid driving and doing other tasks or actions that call for you to be alert until you see how this drug affects you. Some people may have a higher chance of eye problems with this drug. Your doctor may want you to have an eye exam to see if you have a higher chance of these eye problems. Call your doctor right away if you have eye pain, change in eyesight, or swelling or redness in or around the eye. Low white blood cell counts have rarely happened with this drug. This may lead to a higher chance of getting an infection. Tell your doctor if you have ever had a low white blood cell count. Call your doctor right away if you have signs of infection like fever, chills, or sore throat. An unsafe heartbeat that is not normal (long QT on ECG) has happened with this drug. Sudden deaths have rarely happened in people taking this drug. Talk with the doctor. This drug may cause high cholesterol and triglyceride levels. Talk with the doctor. Have blood work checked as you have been told by the doctor. Talk with the doctor. Avoid drinking alcohol while taking this drug. Talk with your doctor before you use other drugs and natural products that slow your actions. If you are 65 or older, use this drug with care. You could have more side effects. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, plan on getting pregnant, or are breast-feeding. You will need to talk about the benefits and risks to you and the baby.
What are some side effects that I need to call my doctor about right away?
WARNING/CAUTION: Even though it may be rare, some people may have very bad and sometimes deadly side effects when taking a drug. Tell your doctor or get medical help right away if you have any of the following signs or symptoms that may be related to a very bad side effect: Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing, swallowing, or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat. Signs of low sodium levels like headache, trouble focusing, memory problems, feeling confused, weakness, seizures, or change in balance. Signs of a very bad skin reaction (Stevens-Johnson syndrome/toxic epidermal necrolysis) like red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin (with or without fever); red or irritated eyes; or sores in the mouth, throat, nose, or eyes. Redness or irritation of the palms of hands or soles of feet. Flu-like signs. Mouth irritation or mouth sores. Restlessness. Fast or abnormal heartbeat. Very bad dizziness or passing out. Joint pain. A severe and sometimes deadly problem called serotonin syndrome may happen. The risk may be greater if you also take certain other drugs. Call your doctor right away if you have agitation; change in balance; confusion; hallucinations; fever; fast or abnormal heartbeat; flushing; muscle twitching or stiffness; seizures; shivering or shaking; sweating a lot; severe diarrhea, upset stomach, or throwing up; or very bad headache.
What are some other side effects of this drug?
All drugs may cause side effects. However, many people have no side effects or only have minor side effects. Call your doctor or get medical help if any of these side effects or any other side effects bother you or do not go away: Feeling dizzy, sleepy, tired, or weak. Constipation. Dry mouth. More hungry. Weight gain. Strange or odd dreams. These are not all of the side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, call your doctor. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-332-1088. You may also report side effects at https://www.fda.gov/medwatch.
How is this drug best taken?
Use this drug as ordered by your doctor. Read all information given to you. Follow all instructions closely. Take at bedtime if it causes sleepiness. Take with or without food. Keep taking this drug as you have been told by your doctor or other health care provider, even if you feel well.
What do I do if I miss a dose?
Take a missed dose as soon as you think about it. If it is close to the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your normal time. Do not take 2 doses at the same time or extra doses.
How do I store and/or throw out this drug?
Store at room temperature protected from light. Store in a dry place. Do not store in a bathroom. Keep all drugs in a safe place. Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets. Throw away unused or expired drugs. Do not flush down a toilet or pour down a drain unless you are told to do so. Check with your pharmacist if you have questions about the best way to throw out drugs. There may be drug take-back programs in your area.
General drug facts
If your symptoms or health problems do not get better or if they become worse, call your doctor. Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else's drugs. This drug comes with an extra patient fact sheet called a Medication Guide. Read it with care. Read it again each time this drug is refilled. If you have any questions about this drug, please talk with the doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider. If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.
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