What should I know before my child uses Remeron?

Before your child takes the antidepressant Remeron (mirtazapine), you should know why his doctor is prescribing it and its potential benefits and risks to your child.

You should know that, like other antidepressants, Remeron may bring on suicidal thoughts in children and adolescents. The drug’s packaging carries a “black box warning” -- required by the Food and Drug Administration -- alerting parents and caregivers to watch carefully for changes in their child's mood, feelings or actions. These are most likely to occur in the first few months your child uses the medicine or after the dose is changed.

You should also know that Remeron's safety or effectiveness has not been tested specifically in children. Many drugs are not studied in children, though, and this does not mean your child can't or shouldn't take the drug if a doctor prescribes it.

Remeron has been shown to increase appetite and cause weight gain, so your child's doctor may watch your child's height and weight closely during treatment. It may also cause side effects, such as drowsiness, dizziness, unusual dreams, dry mouth, constipation, nausea or vomiting. If your child experiences any side effects from taking Remeron, call his doctor. Your child shouldn't stop taking Remeron until you talk with his doctor. Stopping Remeron suddenly may cause withdrawal symptoms.

Remeron may interact with other medications, so tell his doctor about all medicines (prescription and nonprescription), supplements and herbal remedies that your child takes. Once your child is taking Remeron, check with his doctor before he takes any new medication or supplement. As with all medications, your child should take Remeron as directed by his doctor.

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