People who are seriously depressed depend upon their medication to get through challenging times. Without a reliable medication they can fall back into a dark depression. This reader shares the frustration of generic Remeron pills.
Q. Please let the FDA know that there is a problem with generic mirtazapine. It is not exactly the same as the brand name antidepressant Remeron.
I was on Remeron for many years without any trouble. I had to switch to the generic because the brand is so expensive.
After two weeks on this drug I am having a bad response. The consequences are serious for people like me who depend on the drug.
A. Other visitors to our website have also reported problems with mirtazapine (generic Remeron). We suggest that you report this problem to the FDA directly through www.fda.gov/Safety/MedWatch.
Other Generic Remeron Reports from readers:
Ernie shared a similar experience:
“I have been taking Remeron for insomnia and depression for several years, with good results. The medication resolved my insomnia completely with no side effects.
“When I became aware that there was a generic Remeron (mirtazapine), I began taking it due to its cost savings. I took the generic for a few months also with good results.
“Suddenly, about two years ago, the generic stopped working. The insomnia returned full force. I thought I might have gotten a bad batch of generic meds, so I tried purchasing the medication from several different locations, but continued getting the same bad results.
“After a couple of months I returned to purchasing the name brand Remeron, at triple the price of the generic. Since taking the name brand Remeron once again I’ve been experiencing excellent results. The generic DOES NOT WORK THE SAME.”
F.S. added a scary story:
“After switching to the generic mirtazapine I began to have excruciating nighttime headaches and very bizarre dreams. I requested the name brand Remeron and got the prescription in the white bottle from the manufacturer. That helped.
“Then last month, I picked up the supposedly name brand Remeron. It was in the brown, round plastic bottle that generics come in. The label said Remeron, not mirtazapine, the generic. After taking this medicine, I begin to sink into a deep depression; the headaches and dreams came back and it would take me almost two hours in the morning just to get out of bed, even though I was awake.
“Had it not been for a good family, I would have ended it. Six days ago, I switched to a different pharmacy, got the prescription in the manufacturer’s bottle and have progressively felt better each day. No headaches, no dreams and able to get up and live life as I should. My fear is for the people who don’t have the support that I do. It is a matter of life and death.”
We have no idea what is going on with some generic Remeron formulations. Anyone who experiences a problem should report it to the FDA. Ask both the prescribing physician and the pharmacist to also report the problem directly to the FDA’s Medwatch program.
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