Remeron- FAQ

Major depressive disorder (MDD), a condition that sees an imbalance of chemicals that affects mood, is often treated by health care professionals by prescribing Remeron to their patients. Remeron, sold generically as mirtazapine, is a tetracyclic antidepressant (TeCA) drug that was introduced to the United States in 1996. It has several properties in addition to its being an antidepressant – anxiolytic, sedative, antiemetic and appetite stimulant. Because of these additional properties, Remeron is sometimes used to manage off-label conditions such as anorexia (for weight gain only), insomnia, nausea, and several anxiety disorders.

Remeron does not carry many of the more serious side effects of other drugs in its class, however, because this is a drug that acts on the brain, serious side effects need to be watched for. These include confusion, excessive sweating, dilated pupils, insomnia, strange dreams, dizziness, constipation and sexual dysfunction. Less serious side effects of Remeron use include weight gain and drowsiness.

While not physically addictive, Remeron can be abused, as can happen with any mood-altering drug. An individual may feel the need to achieve a better state of well-being and increase their dosage on their own. This will not produce a euphoric effect like those seen with narcotic misuse. Instead, the body will develop a tolerance to the higher level of the drug and more will be needed to achieve the same sense of well-being. As the user becomes reluctant to stop using the drug or decrease the dose back to what was recommended out of concern for feeling worse, a psychological addiction has likely developed.

You may have questions about what can be done if you or somebody you know has become reliant on using Remeron. To learn more, contact a representative at The Recovery Village or check out our frequently asked questions about Remeron or to learn about options for recovery.