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|Mirtazapine 15 mg 28 tabl.||£54.27||Start consultation|
|Mirtazapine 30 mg 28 tabl.||£57.83||Start consultation|
|Mirtazapine 45 mg 28 tabl.||£62.01||Start consultation|
What is Mirtazapine?
Mirtazapine is a tetracyclic antidepressant. It works in the brain where it enhances the effect of the naturally occurring chemicals noradrenaline and serotonin. This improves communication between nerve cells, which enhances the mood-lightening effect of any noradrenaline and serotonin that is released.
What is Mirtazapine used for?
Mirtazapine is used to treat depression. Depression is a condition characterised by persistent low mood, lack of energy and loss of interest (apathy). It may also be accompanied by symptoms such as sleeping problems, nervousness or headache. Mirtazapine normalises the level of noradrenaline and serotonin in the brain, which helps relieve depression.
How to use Mirtazapine
Mirtazapine tablets should be swallowed whole without chewing, either with or without food. It is best to take this medicine at bedtime to prevent sleepiness or drowsiness during the day. However, if you are taking a high dose you should spread it evenly throughout the day.
Mirtazapine typically takes a few weeks to reach full effect. If your symptoms have not improved in two to four weeks, talk with a doctor about alternative drug options.
Mirtazapine is available in tablets of 15 mg, 30 mg and 45 mg. Strength, length of treatment and daily dose must be determined by a doctor. In adults, the general recommended dose is:
- 15 to 30 mg, once a day.
The doctor may adjust this dose according to your body’s response to the medicine. The doctor may prescribe a different dose for elderly people. Mirtazapine is not suitable for children under the age of 18. Read the package leaflet before use.
Like all medicines, antidepressants may cause side effects. The following are some of the side effects that are known to be associated with Mirtazapine:
- Sleepiness, drowsiness;
- Dry mouth;
- Increased appetite and weight gain.
Most side effects are usually only temporary and will disappear within about a week once the body adjusts to the medicine. Consult a doctor if the side effects are severe or if you have side effects that are not listed above. For a complete list of possible side effects, see the package leaflet.
When not to use Mirtazapine
This medicine is not suitable for everyone and should not be used if:
- You are allergic to the active ingredient mirtazapine or any other ingredient in this medicine;
- You are currently taking or have recently taken a type of medicine called a monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI).
Consult a doctor on the use of Mirtazapine if you have epilepsy, diabetes or any other health condition. It is also important to tell the doctor what medicines you are already taking before you start treatment with Mirtazapine to make sure the combination safe.
Mirtazapine should not be used during pregnancy and while breastfeeding without consulting a doctor first.
Mirtazapine may affect your ability to react. If you feel dizzy, drowsy or sleepy you should avoid potentially hazardous tasks such as driving.
Limit or stop drinking alcohol while taking this medicine as this is likely to trigger or worsen the side effects.