Review: could Mirtazapine cause Drug screen positive?
Summary: Drug screen positive is found among people who take Mirtazapine, especially for people who are male, 60+ old, have been taking the drug for 1 - 6 months, also take medication Temazepam, and have Sleep disorder.
We study 17,088 people who have side effects while taking Mirtazapine from FDA and social media. Among them, 43 have Drug screen positive. Find out below who they are, when they have Drug screen positive and more.
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Mirtazapine has active ingredients of mirtazapine. It is often used in depression. (latest outcomes from 17,940 Mirtazapine users)
Drug screen positive
Drug screen positive has been reported by people with depression, pain, stress and anxiety, gastrooesophageal reflux disease, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. (latest reports from 4,208 Drug screen positive patients)
On Jan, 15, 2015: 17,080 people reported to have side effects when taking Mirtazapine. Among them, 43 people (0.25%) have Drug Screen Positive.
Time on Mirtazapine when people have Drug screen positive * :
|< 1 month||1 - 6 months||6 - 12 months||1 - 2 years||2 - 5 years||5 - 10 years||10+ years |
|Drug screen positive||25.00%||50.00%||25.00%||0.00%||0.00%||0.00%||0.00% |
Gender of people who have Drug screen positive when taking Mirtazapine * :
|Drug screen positive||46.15%||53.85% |
Age of people who have Drug screen positive when taking Mirtazapine * :
|Drug screen positive||0.00%||0.00%||4.26%||12.77%||17.02%||23.40%||17.02%||25.53% |
Top conditions involved for these people * :
- Sleep disorder (8 people, 18.60%)
- Depression (6 people, 13.95%)
- Bipolar disorder (5 people, 11.63%)
- Insomnia (2 people, 4.65%)
- Drug abuser (2 people, 4.65%)
Top co-used drugs for these people * :
- Temazepam (14 people, 32.56%)
- Diazepam (12 people, 27.91%)
- Oxycodone hcl (11 people, 25.58%)
- Trazodone hcl (9 people, 20.93%)
- Clonazepam (9 people, 20.93%)
* Approximation only. Some reports may have incomplete information.
** Reports from social media are used.
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I have found that I can no longer drink wine or spirits because they now taste awful however I can still tolerate certain brands of beer. I also no longer enjoy drinking cola.
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