Generic Name: Mirtazapine
Brand Name: Remeron, Remeron SolTab
Mirtazapine is an antidepressant. The way this medication works is still not fully understood. It is thought to positively affect communication between nerve cells in the central nervous system and/or restore chemical balance in the brain. Mirtazapine is used to treat major depressive disorder. Mirtazapine may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.You should not take mirtazapine if you are also taking tryptophan (sometimes called L-tryptophan). Do not use mirtazapine if you have used an MAO inhibitor in the past 14 days. A dangerous drug interaction could occur. MAO inhibitors include isocarboxazid, linezolid, methylene blue injection, phenelzine, rasagiline, selegiline, tranylcypromine, and others.Do not give this medicine to anyone younger than 18 years old without the advice of a doctor. mirtazapine is not approved for use in children. Drinking alcohol can increase certain side effects of mirtazapine.
Side effects: severe sedation, constipation, drowsiness, increased serum cholesterol, weight gain, fatigue, insomnia, increased appetite, xerostomia, and decreased appetite, dizziness, increased serum triglycerides, tremor, dyspepsia, hot flash, palpitations, vertigo, abnormal dreams, bitter taste, decreased libido, and diaphoresis. See below for a comprehensive list of adverse effects.