Effects of MirtazapineStudies have shown mirtazapine to be effective in treating depression in adults. People who took the drug showed more improvement in their symptoms when compared to people not taking it. Also, long-term studies have shown that fewer people taking the drug have a relapse (their depression comes back) than people not taking it.
When and How to Take ItGeneral considerations for when and how to take mirtazapine include the following:
- The medication comes in tablet form. It is taken by mouth once a day, usually at bedtime, because it often causes drowsiness.
- For people who have trouble swallowing tablets, mirtazapine also comes in an orally disintegrating tablet (Remeron SolTab®). These tablets will rapidly dissolve on your tongue, with no need to drink water.
- Do not cut the disintegrating tablets. Also, to avoid crushing them, do not try to push them through the foil blister. Peel back the foil to remove the tablet.
- Mirtazapine should be taken at the same time each day to maintain an even level in your blood.
- For the medication to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed. Mirtazapine will not work if you stop taking it.
Dosing InformationThe dose of mirtazapine your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending on a number of factors, including:
- Your age
- Other medical conditions you may have
- Other medications you are currently taking.
As is always the case, do not adjust your dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
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