Hi guys, how many pounds did you gain for taking mirtazapine approximately?
Mirtazapine - mirtazapine and weight gain?
Question posted by Katerina390 on 8 Feb 2022
Last updated on 23 March 2023 by June77
Mirtazapine made me so hungry that I couldn’t stop eating! Constant nervous eating! I went off of this medication…
I just started at a low dose (7.5mg) two weeks ago and I’m already feeling much better overall. I actually wasn’t depressed but really anxious and struggling with insomnia. Mostly though, I took it with the intent to gain weight because I have anorexia nervosa and the malnutrition was making me super sick. In the 2 weeks, I’ve gained about 5 lbs. I’ve also been able to increase my overall daily intake and am no longer skipping meals. The increase is my hunger and appetite is comfortable, I’m not insatiable but I do finally taste (and enjoy) my food again. I’m needing to gain about 10 more pounds and am hopeful that this will help.
You’ll see a lot of posts saying it changes your metabolism etc. A pill isn’t going to just magically do that. If you’re needing to gain some weight like me, it will subtly boost your appetite so you can do so. If you’re wanting to avoid weight gain this pill cannot change your metabolism so if you feel an appetite increase, just eat healthy foods like whole grains, fruits, veggies, lean proteins, yogurts and you’ll do fine.
I didn't gain an ounce. Even though it may not sound like it from the comments only about 12% of users experience weight gain. It does increase appetite in some people so watch your diet.
I took Mirtazapine for four months. Initially I was taking 15mg at bedtime. Over the course of two months I increased to 45mg at bedtime. I didn’t experience any significant weight gain. In fact I didn’t have any trouble with side effects. Unfortunately, it didn’t help with my mood either so I switched to Trintellix. Mood is better but side effects are worse on the Trintellix. I did resume taking 7.5mg of Mirtazapine at bedtime to help with sleep. Weight is still stable.
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