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Feels groggy after taking Mirtazapine for sleeplessness. It is antidepressant. Are they generic?

My husband complained of sleeplessness and his doctor gave him a presc. for Mirtazapine . He almost never takes it because it makes him groggy all day. I looked it up on the internet and it s an antidepressant! The pills also don t match the descriptiion given. Could this be because they are generic? They are round, peach-colored and imprinted with an italic E over 20.
Mon, 11 Mar 2013
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Mirtazepine is an atypical antidepressant. It also reduces anxiety. The main side effect is excessive sedation due to its antihistaminic action. However if the complaint is only insomnia (sleeplessness) & not anxiety or depression then Zaleplon, a non - benzodiazepine is preferable. This is more effective in insomnia and does not result in day time sedation and dizziness. Adult dose is 10mg at bed time.
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