What are the effects of mirtazapine and trazodone?

Updated: Mar 28, 2019
  • Author: Jerry L Halverson, MD; Chief Editor: David Bienenfeld, MD  more...
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Mirtazapine is a potent antagonist at 5-HT2, 5-HT3, alpha2-, and histamine (H1) receptors and, thus, can be very sedating and frequently causes weight gain. Adverse effects such as drowsiness may tend to improve over time and with higher doses. Trazodone is very sedating and usually is used as a sleep aid in small doses (ie, 25 to 50 mg) rather than as an antidepressant.


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