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What is Remeron (Mirtazapine) prescribed for?
While many people tend to feel sad or depressed at times, for most it is a normal reaction to the struggles of life. But then there is when intense feelings of sadness, including helpless, hopeless, and worthless feelings, and you may feel exhausted or generally very tired, and when it lasts for many days to weeks, you may have clinical depression, which is a treatable condition.
If you have any of these symptoms for at least two weeks, then you may want to speak with your doctor regarding you mental wellness. The symptoms are as follows; A depressed mood during most of the day, especially in the morning, you feel tired or have a lack of energy almost every day, you feel worthless or guilty almost every day, you have a hard time focusing, remembering details, and making decisions, you can’t sleep or you sleep too much almost every day, you have almost no interest or pleasure in many activities nearly every day, you think often about death or suicide (not just a fear of death), you feel restless or slowed down, you’ve lost or gained weight.
This medication is used to treat depression. When taken it improves mood and feelings of well being. Mirtazapine is an antidepressant. And it works by restoring the balance of a natural chemical, known as a neurotransmitter, in the brain.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding this medication, consult with your doctor or pharmacist on the matter. Take this medication directly has prescribed, and make sure to read the instructions on the prescription label. And if you have any concerns, speak with your medical professional.
This medication is to be taken by mouth, with or without food, usually once a day at bedtime. Remember the dosage is based on your medical condition and your response to the treatment and therapy.
Use this medication regularly in order to get the most benefit from it. Remember to use it at the same time each day. It may take between 1-4 weeks to notice improvement in your symptoms. Therefore, do not increase your dose or take it more often than prescribed.
Before taking this medication, it is best to advise your doctor if you are allergic Mirtazapine; or to any other medications or allergies in general. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems.
Before taking this medication, it is for the best to inform your doctor of your Medical history, especially if you have ever had the following; history or family history of psychiatric disorders (e.g., bipolar/manic-depressive disorder), history or family history of suicide attempts, liver disease, kidney disease, seizures, high blood cholesterol or triglyceride levels, heart disease (e.g., recent heart attack, angina), stroke, severe loss of body fluids (dehydration), low blood pressure, personal or family history of glaucoma (angle-closure type).
Mirtazapine may cause a condition that affects the heart rhythm (QT prolongation). QT prolongation can rarely cause serious (rarely fatal) fast/irregular heartbeat and other symptoms (such as severe dizziness, fainting) that need medical attention right away.
The risk of QT prolongation may be increased if you have certain medical conditions or are taking other drugs that may cause QT prolongation. Before using mirtazapine, tell your doctor or pharmacist of all the drugs you take and if you have any of the following conditions: certain heart problems (heart failure, slow heartbeat, QT prolongation in the EKG), family history of certain heart problems (QT prolongation in the EKG, sudden cardiac death).
Low levels of potassium or magnesium in the blood may also increase your risk of QT prolongation. This risk may increase if you use certain drugs (such as diuretics/"water pills") or if you have conditions such as severe sweating, diarrhea, or vomiting. Talk to your doctor about using mirtazapine safely.
What happens if I suddenly stop taking this medication?
There may be a relapse in symptoms as well as side effects. You should speak your doctor before stop taking this medication.
What is the best dosage to take?
The diagnosis with your doctor will be able to determine the best dosage for your treatment. Work with your doctor closely for dosage and dosing schedules.
What happens if I miss a dose?
You should take the missed dose as soon you realize you have forgotten. If the forgotten dose is closer to your next scheduled dose, take the next schedule dose to avoid overlapping in dose.
What is the best way to store this medication?
This medication is stored at room temperature, and should be kept away from children and pets. Do not throw away this medication in the wastebasket. If you are uncertain how to dispose of this medication speak with your pharmacist for help in safely disposing of this medication.
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