This medicine is an antidepressant.
It is used to treat conditions such as:
It may be given to you for other reasons. Do check with your doctor what you are taking this for.
Potential side effects
All medicines may cause side effects. However, many people do not experience them.
Most of the side effects listed here will improve with time. Speak with your doctor or pharmacist if they persist, become bothersome or worsen.
Do not drive or operate any machinery until you have experienced how this medicine affects you.
Discuss with your doctor if you can take your medicine at a different time of the day.
Serious side effects
Seek medical help as soon as possible if you have any of the following signs or symptoms.
Take note that the side effects listed here are not exhaustive. Do seek medical attention if you have other symptoms that you think may be related to this medicine.
What do I need to tell my doctor before I take this medicine? Inform your doctor if you have:
Oral disintegrating/dispersible tablet
Take this medicine exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Follow the instructions on the medicine label or as advised by the pharmacist.
Mirtazapine may be taken with or without food. Place the tablet on the tongue. This medicine dissolves once you place it inside your mouth and can be swallowed without water.
How to remove the tablets from the blister pack
1. Make sure your hands are dry before handling the tablets as it dissolves when in contact with water.
2. Cut out a square containing a tablet, along the dotted line.
3. Peel off the backing of the blister pack, starting from the corner as indicated by an arrow. Do not push against the tablet pocket to prevent crushing the tablet.
4. Consume the tablet as soon as possible. Do not remove the tablets too early from the blister pack.
This medicine may not have an effect immediately. It may take up to a few weeks before it can exert its full effects. Continue taking it regularly to benefit from it.
Do not stop taking the medicine even after you feel better. Your symptoms may return if this medicine is stopped too early. Check with your doctor on the duration of treatment that is suitable for you.
Do not stop taking this medicine abruptly or change the dose without consulting your doctor. You may experience unpleasant side effects if this medicine is stopped suddenly. Stopping this medicine suddenly after taking it long for a long time may lead to symptoms such as nausea, headache, insomnia, anxiety.
Avoid taking alcohol while you are on this medicine. This medicine may impair your ability to perform tasks that require alertness such as driving and operating machinery.
Contact your doctor immediately should you or your child (patient) experience new or worsening thoughts of self-harm, increased anxiety, aggressive behaviour or other changes of mood.
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. However, if it is close to the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take the next one at your usual timing.
Do not take 2 doses at the same time or extra doses.
If you have taken more doses then prescribed by your doctor, consult a healthcare professional immediately.
Discard any unused or expired medicine. If unsure how to safely dispose of your medicine safely, consult your pharmacist or doctor.
What are the things I need to know or look out for while on this medicine?
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