Remeron

Even though the drug doesn’t belong to the serotonin or norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors, it can increase the level of serotonin and norepinephrine by a distinct mechanism of action. By enhancing the level of serotonin in the brain, the drug improves the patient’s mood, thus relieving them from depression


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Description

Drug Description

Remeron is an antidepressant drug that includes noradrenergic (organic chemical that acts in the brain and body as a neurotransmitter) and serotonergic (neurotransmitter) activities.

Even though the drug doesn’t belong to the serotonin or norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors, it can increase the level of serotonin and norepinephrine by a distinct mechanism of action. By enhancing the level of serotonin in the brain, the drug improves the patient’s mood, thus relieving them from depression

Use

Remeron is mostly used for the treatment of diseases caused by depressive disorder or mood swings. In terms of effectiveness, this drug surpasses all the SSRI’s, bupropion (the drug for quitting smoking), serotonin norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRI’s) and reboxetine (antidepressant for the treatment of unipolar depression).

Apart from depression, it can be also used for the treatment of panic attacks, migraine, sleeplessness and social anxiety disorder. You should inform the doctor if you suffered from suicidal tendencies before starting the treatment.

How to take the drug?

Remeron drug comes in the form of oral pills. The initial dose is 15mg. The dose depends on the severity of your disease, but don’t exceed 45mg.

The effect of Remeron lasts for about forty hours. The medicine should be taken at night and the patient taking this pill shouldn’t swallow it. It is better to dissolve the drug to make it more efficient.

It may take you from one to three weeks to achieve the maximum effect. Don’t stop taking Remeron without your doctor’s approval.

Adverse effects

Adverse effects usually happen when the drug is not taken as necessary. The most common adverse effects caused by the use of Remeron are:

constipation,
decreased libido,
sleep disorders,
weight gain caused by the increased appetite,
dryness in the mouth.

These sings must be treated at once. If left untreated, they may aggravate the condition and cause suicidal tendencies. It is advisable to use Remeron only on prescription to prevent complications caused by the overdose.

Warnings

Before starting the treatment,

inform your physician if you have allergy to Mirtazapine or any other medications.
tell your doctor about all the prescription and over-the-counter drugs you’re taking, particularly diazepam (Valium) and vitamins. Avoid taking Mirtazapine if you use MAO inhibitors or tranylcypromine (Parnate); you should stop taking these drugs two weeks before starting the treatment with Remeron.

inform your doctor if you suffer from heart attack, hypotension, heart diseases or liver dysfunction, PKU, or increased level of cholesterol.

inform your physician if you’re pregnant, planning a pregnancy, or are lactating. If you get pregnant during the treatment, tell your doctor as well.

if you’re having an operation (even dental surgery) inform your doctor that you’re using Remeron.
you must know that Mirtazapine may cause drowsiness. Avoid driving or operating heavy machinery until you find out your reaction to the drug.
keep in mind that alcohol can make you even more drowsy.

Drug interactions

The drugs interacting with Remeron include:

Drugs for blood pressure
Pain killers
Antifungal agents
Anti-convulsants
Antidepressants, such and Zoloft / Prozac

Both the generic and the brand form of Remeron interacts with other medications in a similar manner. Therefore, you should consult your physician before starting the treatment with this drug.

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