Mi have been on sertraline for 2 years, I have just weaned off them on the advice from the doctor and she has prescribed me venlafaxine. I was wondering if anyone had experienced weight gain or loss with this AD? Sertraline caused a huge weight gain and ideally I want an AD that isn't known to cause weight gain. Any advice would be much appreciated. Thanks.
Effexor XR - Venlafaxine and weight gain/loss?
- 17 Oct 2015 by Sj2204
- 2 Dec 2015
- effexor, effexor xr, obesity, sertraline, venlafaxine, weight, doctor, prescription, mitral insufficiency
Sj2204; Good Morning; IN the side effects Effexor Xr says Loss of appetite and weight loss. I have been taking this one for around 7 years and that is the way I feel and my weight stay around the same.I REALLY don't think you should have a problem with that on this one. Of course you do have to try and change some habits in the choices you make with what you eat if your trying to loose some weight and do some walking Because I know i was overweight also when I started this medication I found that it also helped to stay stable Please remember if you get the feeling of loss of appetite remember no matter what you can't miss meals I have done this and you get pretty weak. Very Important to have a balanced diet.I WOULD NOT EVEN WORRY ABOUT THE WEIGHT with this one and once I started the medication the few side effects I got went away after a few weeks and now I don't even feel like im taking anything except im not in the slump I was in So this is my experience and also facts from the drug side effects hope this helps you. Have a great weekend Chuck1957
Sj2204 I'M sorry just want you to remember this is also one of the medications that when your start in most cases you continue to take and the doctor may increase it as you go slowly and the same with coming off of it And I have found you don't want to miss a dose or you well feel it.soon And take this medication just as the doctor prescribes it.Take about the same time each day really helps. And remember some don't notice a lot of change right off but it is one of the medications that can take 6 weeks to reach the correct blood level.AND remember if you have the normal side effects that many do when you start they get better and pretty much go away in 7 to 10 days.so try not to worry about it.Unless they are just to much and let your doctor know. Chuck1957
I personally experienced weight loss when I started this med. This may at least partially due to wanting to live life actually do things. However about a decade later and the effects seemed to reverse when we upped my dosage due to it not being effective any more. I have gained a ton of weight in a short amount of time.
Also please be aware of the effects of trying to stop this medication. I am so miserable right now. I would say try some other options first. This med did change my life for the better- it's great at what it does when it works. But if you're in the middle of the three ring circus that is trying to find the med that works for , try to put this one near the end of your list
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