differeance please ?
Mirtazapine is a prescription medicine used for the treatment of depression (also known as major depression or clinical depression).
It is not entirely clear how mirtazapine works, since no other medications work exactly like it. The drug blocks several different kinds of receptors, including serotonin, norepinephrine, histamine, alpha, and muscarinic receptors.
It is thought that the antidepressant effects of this drug are due to its actions on serotonin and norepinephrine. These are chemicals used to send messages in between nerves. However, if serotonin or norepinephrine levels become unbalanced, it can cause a variety of conditions, including depression. Mirtazapine's actions on other types of receptors may cause some of its side effects, such as drowsiness or low blood pressure.
Certain receptors decrease the levels of serotonin and norepinephrine released by the nerves. Mirtazapine blocks these inhibitory receptors, causing more to be released. This may help to relieve the symptoms of depression.
Xanax is a prescription medication that is used to treat the following conditions: Anxiety and or Panic disorder.
Xanax is part of a group of medicines called benzodiazepines. These drugs have several effects on the body, including: Reducing anxiety; Causing sleepiness; Relaxing muscles; Stopping seizures; Impairing short-term memory.
All medicines in this category can have these effects to some degree, depending on the specific benzodiazepine that is being taken. They work in the brain by enhancing the effects of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), a chemical that is naturally calming. GABA can slow down or stop certain nerve signals in the brain. This is why Xanax and other benzodiazepines are known as mild tranquilizers, sedatives, or central nervous system depressants (CNS depressants).
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No, Mirtazapine and Xanax are not the same thing. I take them both, for different reasons. Xanax for anxiety and Remeron (Brand) for PTSD and depression. They each work differently in the brain. Xanax helps with Anxiety, not so much for depression while Remeron helps with depression, not so much with anxiety. This is what I have found to be true of both meds after 8+years on both.
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