Re: Remeron for Anxiety/Depression
Here's a couple of abstracts from PubMed on Remeron (mirtazapine) and use for anxiety:
Mirtazapine in major depression with comorbid generalized anxiety disorder.
J Clin Psychiatry 1999 Jul;60(7):446-8
BACKGROUND: A high proportion of patients with generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) have comorbid depressive illness. The presence of anxiety in depression has significant prognostic implications. Because of mirtazapine's early anxiolytic effects, the present study was undertaken as a preliminary investigation in patients with a diagnosis of major depression with comorbid GAD. METHOD: Mirtazapine was administered to 10 patients with DSM-IV major depressive disorder and comorbid GAD in an 8-week open-label study. Mirtazapine was increased from an initial daily dose of 15 mg to a maximum daily dose of 45 mg. RESULTS: Patients were found to have significant reductions in Hamilton Rating Scale for Depression scores, Hamilton Rating Scale for Anxiety scores, and Beck Depression Inventory scores, with improvement noted after the first week of therapy and continuing improvement over the 8 weeks of study. CONCLUSION: These positive preliminary findings support the further investigation of mirtazapine's potential value as a treatment for generalized anxiety disorder in addition to its established efficacy as an antidepressant drug.
Mirtazapine: other indications.
J Clin Psychiatry 1999;60 Suppl 17:36-40; discussion 46-8
During the last decade, it became evident that antidepressants may represent a useful treatment option for a variety of primary psychiatric disorders other than depression. Improved understanding of both underlying etiology of these disorders and pharmacologic modes of action of available treatments has led to an improvement in conditions such as panic disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, posttraumatic stress disorder, and premenstrual dysphoric disorder. In addition, evidence is accumulating that some new antidepressants may be of therapeutic value in treatment of some subtypes of depressive disorder previously unresponsive to treatment or difficult to treat, such as seasonal affective disorder, depression with atypical features, and recurrent brief depression. Mirtazapine is an antidepressant with mode of action different from other currently available antidepressants. A review of currently available data of mirtazapine's use in indications other than depression and in some types of depressive disorder is presented.