Remeron is a tetracyclic antidepressant that primarily affects the neurotransmitters serotonin and norepinephrine. This causes a decrease in symptoms of depression and anxiety. It may take several weeks to feel the full effect of this medication.
Remeron is used for the treatment of major depressive disorder and sleep disorder. It is also used sometimes to treat post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety disorder, panic disorder and chronic fatigue. It is often prescribed in drug and alcohol rehabilitation centers for dual diagnosis treatment. It is used to help treat substance-induced sleep disorders, especially after detox. Insomnia is a common disorder that occurs during withdrawal and following withdrawal until the brain has returned to normal functioning.
This medication should not be taken if you suffer from the following conditions:
- Blood vessel disease
- History of heart disease
- Mania or hypomania
Remeron may cause side effects. These include:
- Flulike symptoms
- Sore throat
- Rapid heartbeat
- Chest pain
- Blurred vision
- Shortness of breath
Notify your doctor if these side effects do not go away or are severe.
Some less common but more serious side effects are:
- Unusual dreams
- Uncontrolled anger or aggression
- Increased sensitivity to touch
If you experience any of these symptoms, call your doctor immediately.
As with other antidepressants, many people experience withdrawal symptoms when stopping Remeron use. Consult your doctor before stopping Remeron, as symptoms are decreased by slowly tapering off this medication. While these withdrawal symptoms are not life-threatening, they may be quite uncomfortable. They include:
- Anxiety or panic attacks
- Decreased appetite
- Irritability or agitation
- Insomnia and tiredness
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