Is remeron like xanax?

When it comes to medication, people tend to confuse two distinct drugs with entirely different mechanisms and effects. Both have anxiolytic properties but that’s the extent of their similarities. It is essential to understand what each drug does before considering its intake. In this article, we will be demystifying the differences between Remeron and Xanax.

What is Remeron?

Remeron bears the generic name Mirtazapine; a tetracyclic antidepressant used for major depressive disorders or clinical depression (it sounds serious, I know). The drug has serotonergic properties that can alter neurotransmitter (chemicals responsible for nerve communication) balance in your brain by increasing noradrenergic activity- causing you to feel less anxious, more hungry, drowsy or even increase libido (a double-edged sword if you ask me!).

So ‘iffen’ you wanna sleep like a baby…

Well then…this could be for you! One of the significant side effects of Remeron/Mirtazapine is sedation which means falling asleep using this would make waking quite challenging (not ideal if morning person vibes flow through your veins).

Let’s look at some possible benefits

Remerion may help ease symptoms such as:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder OCD

I guess that’s enough about Mirtazapine/Lunesta-Dream Extender/ Uncle Sleeptica/a.k.a REMERON(decided to give it a few new names since well,it deserves them!) Let’s move on over….


Alprazolam generically known as Xanax; belongs in benzodiazepines class(a fancy term for “calming agents”). In simple terms,Xanax slows down nervous system activity; therefore, making the user feel more relaxed and less anxious. It is commonly used to treat anxiety disorders (we all have that one friend) and panic attacks.

Common uses

Xanax is primarily used for short-term management of anxiety symptoms unless you want to walk around trippin’ balls (not recommended).

If you are wondering how Xanax will make you feel after popping a bar or two!

  • Calm
  • Tired/sleepy
  • Relaxed BUT NOT ACTUALLY HAPPY(So if happiness was what you were hoping for …. sike!)
  • Feel like a larry bird oops..if ‘biniditional symptom relief gotten right”is your desire


Confused about which medication is suitable for your needs? Below we’ve compared Remeron and Xanax using different criteria:


Medication Primary use
Remeron Major depressive disorder (MDD)
Xanax Anxiety treatment

What can I say? Quiapo has somebody’s back!


Drug classification refers to how similar substances are clustered based on their physical or chemical composition, the mechanism of action (MOA), among other factors.

Being in specific groups may determine the drugs’ potential interactions with other medications, adverse effects, strengths and weakness here are examples:
Mirtazapine belongs in these drug classes:
Alpha2-adrenoreceptor antagonists
noradrenergic antagonist
Serotonin Reuptake Antagonist/Serotonin Adrenergic Antagonist


Alprazolam(colloquially known as Zanzibar/recreational, for short) belongs to the Benzodiazepines class, a cluster of drugs that have similar effects on your brain.


It’s important to be aware of possible medication downside just like every story has two sides these medications come with their own set of challenges…


Remeron side effects may include;
Weakness and drowsiness (just what an insomniac needs)


The following are some of the common Alprazolam side effects:
– Dizziness
– Fatigue
– Numbness


Proper administration is vital when it comes from wonky chemistry companions…..

In treating anxiety disorders or panic attacks, alprazolam(Xanax) dosages can range from 0.25 mg to 0.5 mg up to about ten days (beware this drug also known as girl interrupted shouldn’t be used for more than 4 months ). While Remeron dosage starts at 7.5mg before being gradually increased based on medical assessment; children below age eighteen should not take either drugs without proper consultation/ guidance.


So is Remeron like Xanax? Although they may bear similarities when it comes to mild sedation(we see you lounging on our couch contemplating whether Netflix & chill counts as cardio!) that’s where it ends…

When deciding which one is ideal for you; consider both their usage purposes plus possible allergic reactions or underlying health conditions(don’t want anybody keeling over now do we?)before discussing with your doctor……

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