Please don't list the effects and side effects of the drug, already read it. I need to know who has taken it before and for over a year at a time, if it worked for them. The only side effect from experience(not what it says in the prescribing info) I want to know if that one causes weight gain too. Prestiq I was told is not covered by insurance, so the only antidepressent left to try is this one. I can't take care of my depression alone without a drug, but need one that will work permanetly, I don't want to be a guinea pig anymore.