Clin Psychopharmacol Neurosci.  2017 Feb;15(1):73-75. 10.9758/cpn.2017.15.1.73.

Mirtazapine Is Effective in Steroid Withdrawal Syndrome Related Depression: A Case Report

  • 1Department of Psychiatry, ICARE Institute of Medical Sciences and Research, Haldia, India.


Steroid withdrawal syndrome (SWS) following steroid dependence is becoming a common clinical condition. It may be associated with body image disorder. Though selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are found to be effective SWS associated depression, data for this clinical condition is limited. We present a case of SWS associated with body image disorder which improved with mirtazapine. Mirtazapine might be better option than SSRIs in this subgroup of patients for its noradrenergic property and better gastrointestinal profile. More research should explore its efficacy in this clinical condition.


Mirtazapine; Steroid withdrawal; Depression; Steroid dependence
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