mirtazapine, Remeron, Soltab

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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.

PRESCRIBED FOR: Mirtazapine is used for the treatment of major depression. It is also used for treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder.

SIDE EFFECTS: The most common side effects of mirtazapine include drowsiness,

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 12/11/2014



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