I am taking antidepressants for 15 years and I am in a process of reducing and trying to be off but I am getting weight day by day.
I think so! I was on Effexor for about a year and a half, I dropped 20 lbs without trying & didn’t realize this was why until I was slowly weaned off the med because it did nothing for my depression. Unfortunately I gained it all back and a bit more, no change in eating or exercise. I think my metabolism was changed while on it. I just started Zoloft, a low dose, but unfortunately now this med is causing complete exhaustion.
I don't think this is a known side effect. Are you, perhaps, eating more or exercising less?
I didn’t do well on Effexor and to be honest I stayed on it in the beginning because, it helped me lose weight. Once, I stopped it I believed I was going to gain and never stop gaining weight. I went back on it. The doctor I had even though, she knew I didn’t do well on it she wouldn’t take me off of it just added more meds. I finally, stopped it for good after years of hell just to not gain weight. For about two or three weeks I wanted junk food. I am on a strict diet for kidney and tachycardia stuff. It was about three weeks before, I was able to function and maintain my dietary needs again. I have actually, lost even more weight since, I had stopped the medication. I used to smoke too. I didn’t want to quit because, I didn’t want the weight gain.
I quit I eat a little while and everything became more level and actually, my weight wasn’t up and down so much while I was on Effexor and smoking. You may gain weight you may not just It’s temporary. Also, people have different reactions to stress and such emotions it’s either people eat or don’t during stressful times. There are many things to consider when, it comes to what affects our bodies and minds...
I wish you well!
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