It works by increasing the amount of mood-enhancing chemicals called noradrenaline and serotonin in your brain.
Mirtazapine is only available on prescription. It comes as tablets, tablets that dissolve in your mouth or as a liquid that you swallow.
- Mirtazapine usually takes about 4 to 6 weeks to work.
- Common side effects include headaches, dry mouth and feeling sick. They're usually mild and go away after a couple of weeks.
- If you and your doctor decide to take you off mirtazapine, your doctor will probably recommend reducing your dose gradually to help prevent extra side effects.
- Mirtazapine is not a sleeping tablet but it can make you feel sleepy. This can be helpful if you have depression and difficulties getting to sleep.