Mirtazapine - A hit and miss 'cure?'

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   Posted 12/21/2013 9:59 AM (GMT -6)   
I've been traversing the world of the internet for information about Remeron/Mirtazapine after my chemist told me it can have a hand in fixing acid reflux. Everyone seems to have different opinions of it. Some say it does help their symptoms, while others report their symptoms get WORSE on the drug. It's highly confusing, so I thought I'd ask your expert opinions about it.

When my chemist mentioned that info to me, I felt horribly depressed. I thought my symptoms might have been to do with stress - and therefore might have been curable in a way - but hearing such information made me feel like I've been artificially hiding my symptoms instead of improving them. So here's the main question. Since Mirtazapine isn't like SSRIs or other antidepressants, could it be "masking" my burning throat symptoms instead of helping me progress towards curing them?

(Hope that isn't too confusing; although like I said I am very confused, so... :p )

EDIT: Just found this post from somewhere else on H.Well. How much credibility is there in the possibility of stress causing my symptoms, even if the medication masks them?

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   Posted 12/21/2013 10:18 AM (GMT -6)   
I don't really have an answer- just my own experience. I definitely find that stress exacerbates my symptoms, but, at least for me, stress is not the root cause.

One point of interest: I had oral surgery in June and took Tylenol with Codeine, and for four beautiful days while on the meds, I didn't feel any burning at all. Go figure. I don't know if antidepressants are comparable to painkillers, but I suspect it operates on a similar principle with feel-good brain chemicals.

That being said, if you suffer from clinical diagnosed anxiety or depression (I do not), then the drugs may indeed be helping you out. If not, I would be skeptical, and would want to make sure that there is not masked damage going on in the meantime.


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   Posted 12/22/2013 8:36 PM (GMT -6)   

Yes, stress can cause reflux. Stress can actually kill.

Getting your stress or anxiety under control could help you out a lot.

Take care,
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