I have been taking Lexipro for a year now and although it has helped with my anxiety it has also caused me to gain 10 pounds. I’ve asked my doctor if there’s a medicine that doesn’t cause weight gain and she recommended Pristiq, and mentioned that it might cause weight loss. As a slim guy I can’t afford to lose too much weight, but at that the same time I certainly don’t want to gain any more weight.
2 May 2013
Less serious side effects of desvenlafaxine may include:
**loss of appetite;**
tightness in your jaw;
mild nausea, constipation;
sleep problems (insomnia); or
decreased sex drive, impotence, or difficulty having an orgasm.
Gastrointestinal side effects including nausea (up to 41%), dry mouth (up to 25%), diarrhea (up to 11%), constipation (up to 14%), and vomiting (up to 9%) have been reported. Postmarketing reports have included decreased appetite.
6 May 2013
I have been taking the generic version of Lexapro since December 14th, 2012 when my anxiety levels reached unmanageable levels. Since then I have put on 10 pounds and I am not eating anything different. I only take 5 mg daily. I will begin to taper off as the excess weight gain in my stomach, legs and hips is causing additional stress. I am also chronically lethargic and nearly impossible to wake up on time in the mornings and I take it at approximately 8 pm every night.
27 May 2013
Neither. I was on PRISTIQ for seven months for circumstantial depression. It had no effect on my weight, was easily tolerated, and the only side effect I noticed (not reported elsewhere, that I have seen) was canker sores on my tongue. These diminished as the dosage decreased to wean off the drug. No loss of libido, either.
16 Jun 2013
Pristiq caused weight gain for me. I was on Pristiq for almost one year, I gained a little over 22 lbs. It effected my appetite to the point all I wanted to eat were carbs and sweets. I had no control over my appetite at all, it felt like my brain was telling my body to eat, comparable to an addiction problem. It also caused me to have terrible TMJ, the pain was unbearable and I also got hot flashes. The longer I was on Pristiq, the greater my cravings became and also the greater the pain of my TMJ. However, on Pristiq, I felt wonderful (beside the side effects), it did exactly what it is was supposed to do for depression. The side effects for me were not tolerable, so I decided to discontinue using it.
14 Oct 2014
nope it does not cause weight gain, I lost 8 to 12 pounds first few weeks. Lost libido first week, then everything was fine. Dont know about the problem of having orgasms, it has always taken me a long time which I learned how to do on purpose at a young age. After two weeks, I was fine having an orgasm when I was ready.
24 May 2015
I am currently in the process of weaning off Pristiq. I have gained over 20lbs. I can not sleep, sex life shot. I have a husband that have needs. This regimen is not working for me. I've lost my job and about to lose my husband. This never help my anxiety. Tried Zoloft, Cymbalta, now this. Back to the MD
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