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Mirtazapine for recreational use (+ 3 tips)

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The current blogspot will focus on the uses of mirtazapine other than its purpose medicinal use. We will discuss the recreational use of mirtazapine  and abuse of mirtazapine. We will also learn how recreational use of the drug mirtazapine has effects on our health in the long term.

What is the recreational use of mirtazapine?

Mirtazapine is a form of antidepressants. It belongs to the class of tetracyclic antidepressant drugs. It is sold under the brand name of romeron. The drug is usually prescribed to treat a number of psychological conditions including major depressive disorder, social anxiety disorder and generalized anxiety disorder.

The drug is usually prescribed for a period of over 40 weeks to have its maximum benefit. It acts on the central nervous system by balancing the neurotransmitters of the brain’s central nervous system.

What are the common effects if using mirtazapine?

Mirtazapine’s recommended dosage is 15mg/day.  The drug is usually associated toi the following effects among its consumers :

  • Enhanced mood quality
  • Improved feelings of well-being
  • Improved quality of sleep
  • Improved eating patterns
  • Decreased levels of nervousness
  • Low anxiety

The side effects accompanied to the use if mirtazapine are as follows :

  • Tendency to gain weight
  • Feelings of drowsiness
  • Complains related to abdominal pain
  • Disturbances in gastrointestinal system
  • Vomiting
  • Somatic complaints
  • Diarrhea
  • Vivid dreams
  • Low concentration
  • Constipation

In rare cases, the following negative effects have been reported by people who use the drug in its initial phase :

  • Increased suicidal risk
  • Suicidal ideation
  • Increased odd behaviors
  • Increased feelings of depression
  • Increased feelings of agitation
  • Increase in panic attacks
  • Serotonin disorder 

The abuse of mirtazapine drugs or being addicted to the drug is further related to many other side effects. Though the mirtazapine drug in itself is not related to producing high state or extreme feelings of euphoria, it has often been reported to be used along with other drugs and alcohol for recreational purposes.

What is the recreational use of mirtazapine

Mirtazapine is used by individuals to experience the calming and mood boosting effects that it tends to produce among the psychiatric patients.  Many individuals tend to take the mirtazapine drug in higher quantities to experience the fast effects of the drugs. 

Often mirtazapine is also used for recreational purposes in a way to reduce the effects produced by other recreational drugs like cocaine.

One other way of using the mirtazapine drug for recreational use is to use it with monoamine oxidase inhibitors.combined use of mirtazapine and monoamine oxidase tends to produce stronger sedating effects and has a strong impact on the adversities caused by both the drugs.

Why is mirtazapine used for recreational purposes?

Mirtazapine is usually used for recreational purposes due to a number of reasons. 

The reasons behind mirtazapine’s recreational use vary from one person to another. One reason can be that someone just wants to experience how high one might get from using mirtazapine for recreational purposes. Another reason can be the increased dose of mirtazapine as the individual was unable to feel the same effects of medicine from the previously prescribed dose.

The state of euphoria caused by recreational use of mirtazapine is usually low and not as intense as other drugs like alcohol and cocaine. Often the euphoric effects of mirtazapine drug are not observed by taking in the conventional way through the oral route. Hence, there is a high tendency that individuals who want to use mirtazapine for recreational effects switch to the option of snorting the medicine to have its intense effects.

Snorting mirtazapine has its own adversities. Mirtazapine is designed in a way to break down the digestive system. For snorting the mirtazapine tablets, the tablets are usually powdered and inhaled through the nasal passage. In such a process there are high chances of getting negative effects of mirtazapine on the nasal passage leading to breathing problems.

What  is mirtazapine addiction?

Mirtazapine in itself is not related to causing addiction among its individuals. It is a non addictive anti depressant drug. However, its prolonged use or an increased dose tends to produce physical dependence on the drug among its users.

If an individual wants to quit using mirtazapine after using it for long or after using a relatively high dose of mirtazapine, the individual is most likely to experience withdrawal effects to the medicine. Hence the uncomfortable withdrawal effects of mirtazapine push the individual to keep taking the medicine despite a need to quit the medicine.

The withdrawal symptoms associated to mirtazapine include the following :

  • Depression
  • Irritability
  • Nausea
  • Dizziness 
  • Vomiting 
  • Nightmares
  • Headache
  • Paresthesia

The physical dependence to the drug, the recreational effects of the drug in the form of calm and relaxed mind along with the withdrawal symptoms make it difficult for an individual to stop taking the mirtazapine drug. Hence the individuals usually develop a loop of addiction and dependence to the mirtazapine drug. As a result individuals develop tolerance to the current dose and take an increased dose of the drug to meet their need of physical dependence to the drug. In this way the individuals prevent themselves from the negative symptoms associated with drug withdrawal.

What are the symptoms of mirtazapine addiction?

Mirtazapine addiction among the individuals is portrayed through the following conditions:

  • Taking the mirtazapine drug for longer than prescribed by the doctor
  • Taking increased quantity of drug to produce the same effects
  • Spending most time of the day thinking about taking more mirtazapine and how to prolong the effects of the drug.
  • A potential inability to stop the drug use
  • Faking the symptoms to get prescribed with more drug
  • Sudden behavioral and mood changes
  • Intense cravings for drug intake
  • Losing track of routine activities to get intake of drug and experience its effects

What are the chances of overdose in mirtazapine recreational use?

If mirtazapine is used for a prolonged time to have a positive feeling and calm body or if it is used for recreational purposes to contradict the cocaine use or have relaxed feelings, there are potential threats of mirtazapine overdose. 

Mirtazapine overdose can result in the following symptoms :

  • Cardiac arrest
  • Low blood pressure
  • Seizures
  • Respiratory depression leading to death
  • Chest pain
  • Hallucination
  • Slurred speech
  • Extreme drowsiness

When an individual tends to combine mirtazapine with other drugs for recreational use, the symptoms of overdose get further complicated. If an individual uses mirtazapine in combination with alcohol or benzodiazepines,  the combination often leads to extreme feelings of drowsiness  and respiratory depression. 

Despite the fact mirtazapine drug is often used by individuals in combination with alcohol and benzodiazepines to experience greater intoxication effects of the drug.

How can mirtazapine abuse be treated?

There are various strategies and psychological interventions for treating the abuse of mirtazapine drug : 

  • Detoxification of body from the mirtazapine drug
  • Maintaining  the body’s regular homeostasis
  • Assessing and evaluating the observable changes in behavior and mood
  • Psychological interventions to learn healthy coping strategies for overcoming any triggers that might lead to relapse 


The current blogspot answered the question “what is the recreational use of mirtazapine?”. We learned that the mood lifting and anxiety decreasing effects often make mirtazapine a suitable drug for recreational use. The drug is usually taken for long or with an increased dose to experience the euphoric effects.

Frequently asked questions?

What are the side effects of mirtazapine?

The side effects accompanied to the use if mirtazapine are as follows :

Tendency to gain weight
Feelings of drowsiness
Complains related to abdominal pain
Disturbances in gastrointestinal system
Somatic complaints
Vivid dreams
Low concentration

Is mirtazapine a strong antidepressant?

Mirtazapine is an antidepressant that produces both serotonergic and noradrenergic effects. It is effective in treating mild to severe forms of depression.

Why is mirtazapine usually taken at night?

Mirtazapine is usually related to increasing the sleep quality that is why it is recommended to take mirtazapine at night before bedtime.

How long does it take mirtazapine to kick in for sleep?

After taking mirtazapine for the initial 2 weeks, prominent positive changes are observable in sleep and appetite.


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