I have taken both in the past. I've read so many reviews lately from people who say they have gained weight on effexor, and people who say they have gained weight on wellbutrin. I thought these were 2 of the antidepressants that are supposed to be "weight neutral"??? This gets so frustrating and adds to my anxiety! Lol
G mc, the phrase is actually *more weight neutral* meaning they are less apt to cause weight gain than some of the other AD's. Some people lose weight, some gain weight, some stay weight neutral. It's not the drugs, it's how you personally metabolize them.
Personally, I gained no weight on any of the drugs that didn't work for me. So now I've gained 10lbs on the ones that do work. For me, it's health and happiness over vanity.
BTW, both meds work well for most people as far as controlling depression and anxiety.
G mc; great answer from WildcatVet, THESE ones really don't cause a lot of weight gain they both say you can lose or gain which for most put them in the weight neutral zone I have been on both and did not gain one either one. But it also is a matter of how we respond and a bit of watching what we are eating but neither increased my appetite and are very good medications on or for anxiety and depression at one point I was taking both at the same time. But just make sure you bring your concerns to the doctor and decide what you would like to do.Good luck
I too have some concerns about weight gain. I've been on Wellbutrin 75 mg for about 8 days. I've notice a small change but nothing significant yet. I will see my psychiatrist in 30 days to see how meds are working. She stated depending on my response to Wellbutrin, she may add a Small dose of Effexor. After viewing this forum I'm concerned about adding Effexor and weight gained. However, I'am the type of person who will eat a healthy diet and excercise. But since the depression that's been hanging over me for a year, I was no longer motivated to do the things I use too. The depression cause me too eat, gain weight and I had difficulty participating in life. The last thing I want to do is gain more weight. I will not take meds that are going to make me gain weight. My blood pressure goes up with weight gain and quite simply who wants to be FAT! That will certainly mess with my psyche.
If weight gain becomes a problem then I will ask the Dr about a combination that does not cause a weight problem. Being overweight is another health issue that causes other health problems. It's not my intent to fix one disease that causes another. I will have to find other ways to manage my depression if I must. But weight gain is not an option for me any more. For those who have settled or are ok with bulging waist line etc., I understand and respect your decision. We all have to do what works best for us. But weight gain is part of my depression. My goal is to get my life back minus 20 pounds
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