Mirtazapine

Research Update

Comparison of GI Side Effects of Antidepressants

Topics: Antidepressants | Depression | Depressive Disorder | Free Articles | Mirtazapine | Side Effects | SNRIs | SSRIs

REVIEW OF: Oliva V et al, Prog Neuropsychopharmacol Biol Psychiatry 2021;109:110266 TYPE OF STUDY: Meta-analysis of placebo-controlled trials Antidepressants often cause gastrointestinal (GI) side effects, but it’s not clear which ones are the worst actors. A recent meta-analysis helps to clarify the picture. The investigators searched the li

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Two Negative Studies of Mirtazapine and Riluzole for PTSD in Veterans

Topics: Mirtazapine | PTSD | Randomized controlled trial | Research | Research Update | Riluzole | Trauma

Review of: Davis LL et al, J Clin Psychiatry 2020;81(6):20m13267; Spangler PT et al, J Clin Psychiatry 2020;81(6):20m13233 Type of Studies: Randomized, placebo-controlled trial; randomized controlled trial Medications for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) don’t have a great track record, particularly in combat-related trauma. Prazosin, risperid

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Optimal Antidepressant Doses in Major Depression

Topics: Antidepressants | Bupropion | Citalopram | Depression | Depressive Disorder | Escitalopram | Fluoxetine | Mirtazapine | Paroxetine | Pharmacology | Pharmacology Tips | Research | Research Update | Sertraline | SSRIs | Venlafaxine | Wellbutrin

Review of: Furukawa TA et al, Lancet Psychiatry;2019;6(7):601–609 Type of study: Systematic review and meta-analysis Most antidepressants do not have a linear response curve. In other words, the benefits level off as the dose goes up. If the dose gets too high, the side effects start to outweigh those diminishing returns. What’s not clear is whe

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Mirtazapine Augmentation: Running Low on Rocket Fuel

Topics: Antidepressant Augmentation | Antidepressants | Depression | Depressive Disorder | Mirtazapine | Pharmacology | Pharmacology Tips | Psychopharm Myths | Psychopharmacology | Psychopharmacology Tips | SSRIs | Treatment-Resistant Depression | Venlafaxine

Adding mirtazapine (Remeron) to a serotonergic antidepressant is a popular augmentation strategy. When added to venlafaxine, the combo was thought to possess a particularly potent synergy that Stephen Stahl called “California Rocket Fuel.” However, the strategy has failed in a handful of new studies, some of them much larger than the original data.

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