GENERIC NAME: mirtazapine
BRAND NAME: Remeron, Remeron SolTab
DRUG CLASS AND MECHANISM: Mirtazapine is a tetracyclic antidepressant similar to maprotiline (Ludiomil) and tricyclic antidepressants, for example, desipramine (Norpramin). Depression is an all-pervasive sense of sadness and gloom. It is believed that in some patients with depression, abnormal levels of neurotransmitters (chemicals that nerves use to communicate with each other) may be the cause of their depression. Mirtazapine elevates mood by raising the level of neurotransmitters (norepinephrine and serotonin) in nerves of the brain. Mirtazapine also blocks the effect of histamine. Mirtazapine was approved by the FDA in 1996.
SIDE EFFECTS: The most common side effects of mirtazapine include drowsiness,
- dry mouth,
- weight gain,
- increased appetite, increased
- cholesterol and
- confusion, and
- abnormal dreams.
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