I have taken Remeron for about 5 years along with Lamictal and it has brought my depression to an acceptable level. However, the side affects of gaining weight by always wanting to eat and decreased sexual desire and capability are having a negative impact on my life. I would like to find an alternative without these side affects. Please help!
Mirtazapine - What is a good alternative to Remeron for depression?
Question posted by Ln6368 on 28 July 2009
Last updated on 21 August 2017 by dneitzel
You need to talk to your doctor about changing Remeron. There are number of other anti-depressant drugs that may be used that will help your depression without the unwanted side-effects that you mention eg Venlafaxine.
What is a good alternative to Remeron ?
Hi there. I might suggest one of the cyclic anti-depressants. Vivacril (Protriptyline), is known not for gaining weight on. Its an older drug, still prescribed, generally as far as side effects are concerned, fairly well accepted. Dry mouth, dizziness and so on. But, no weight gain. Best of wishes, pledge
elavil is a good change from remeron
I have been taking mirtazapine for three years and have gained 35 lbs. I understand that it slows the metabolism and I find it nearly impossible to lose any weight. I have cut the 45 mg. in half and feel just as good. But no weight loss. I have been suggested to try Cymbalta. Maybe I will. Otherwise, mirtazapine is the best antidepressant in 15 years. I will let you know if I can.
Remeron is an SNRI antidepressant and you'd probably need another drug from this group. I also take Lamictal along with the SNRI antidepressant Effexor XR--(I gained 30 pounds on Remeron!).
I think I'll never give up searching for a depression cure in a bottle. My depression is still a force to reckon with, but these two drugs help me the most so far.
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