Is Remeron Similar To Elavil?


Asked by Jan Jones

Is Remeron Similar To Elavil?

Is remeron similiar in makeup to elavil?


From what I've read - no, the two work in different ways and belong to two different chemical groups - elavil (amitriptyline) is a tricyclic, and remeron (mirtazapine) is a tetracyclic. Elavil has been around since 1961 and is considered one of the most effective antidepressants. However, as I can say from experience, its most famous side-effect is dry mouth - there are lots of common side effects with most antidepressants and weight gain is also on elavil's list. Remeron also has a good reputation for helping with major depression and is supposed to work well in combination with most of the other antidepressants. It's also supposed to have somewhat less pronounced side effects - though weight gain is not only common, the drug is actually prescribed for this purpose.

I hope you check with a specialist (i.e. a psychiatrist) about these drugs and discuss side effects very carefully. They vary in everyone.

Good luck -


Answered by John Folk-Williams