Effexor XR and weight gain

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TammyGrl0528
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   Posted 5/6/2008 11:12 PM (GMT -7)   
So, I have been on Effexor XR for a good amount of months now, and have put on a considerable amount of weight.  Whenever I research weight gain being a side effect with this drug, I get different answers.
 
So, I was hoping my wonderful healingwell family here on the depression board might have an answer for me.    Has anyone experienced weight gain with this drug?
 
I am not doing anything different than normal.  I have weighed the same amount since after giving birth to my son 8 years ago, with no weight gain issues, until taking the Effexor. 
 
Any suggestions or thoughts would be great.
 
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   Posted 5/7/2008 3:17 AM (GMT -7)   

Hiya Tammy,

This is your healingwell brother speaking... you are not on your own. LOADS of people who take effexor (Either XR or standard) gain weight and unfortunately it is something that goes with a lot of anti-D's. The best thing to do is to eat healthy, exercise more and stay confident. The weight will come off... you may be lucky and it comes off slowly whilst still on the effexor (with lifestyle changes... it wont just come off on its own) or you may have to wait until you finish taking the meds but it will come off.

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   Posted 5/7/2008 9:14 AM (GMT -7)   
I keep being told the same thing as you. That effexor isn't suppose to cause weight gain. But I seemed to gain when they upped my dose. But I also have to take age into consideration. I am 49 and I guess that my metabolism has really changed. They say that the older that you get the harder it is to lose weight. I have been walking a lot and that seems to be helping some. I do watch what I eat too.

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   Posted 5/7/2008 3:17 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi guys, I take 300mg of Effexor Xr (big dose I know eyes ) but, I havent had any problems with weight gain.  Actually, I think it has helped me lose a few.  It is the first antidepressant I have ever been on that I havent gained weight from and I have been on it almost 3 yrs.

  


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   Posted 5/7/2008 3:35 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Elisha,

I take a high dose also. Dr has had me on 375mg a day for a few years. Says that is the highest dose and that I would have to take it for the rest of my life. I have gained weight as I said before, but I don't think that it is due to the effexor like I was, because it didn't cause weight gain in the beginning, I think it is age and due to having fibromyalgia.

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TammyGrl0528
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   Posted 5/8/2008 7:31 AM (GMT -7)   
Thank you guys so much for your answers! I appriciate everyones input on this. It has been frustrating!!! I can't stand getting told that it's not the Effexor, (by my p doc) when I feel it is, because like I said before, I have never had weight issues.

Anyway, I have started doing more to try to lose the extra weight. I am generally pretty active, but now, I am really active! And, I have changed my diet. I know I am the one who needs to do the work, but it sucks for me, because I have never had to work this hard before.

Guess I gotta take the good with the bad, eh?

Thanks everyone!
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   Posted 5/8/2008 10:11 PM (GMT -7)   

Hey Tammy, good for you, now can you bottle that energy and send some to me.  I am stuck and cannot seem to find the enthusiasm to get moving and exercise.  Not owrking anymore has really turned me into a stick in the mud.

I am so glad to see you posting and your positive outlook is wonderful.

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   Posted 5/9/2008 4:00 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi Tammy, What I have found from being someone who is depressed and having taken types of medications is that 95% of them do make a person gain weight.  This is my 9th antidepressant and as I said before the very first to not have negative effects in that direction.  But it does all depend on the persons body chemicals and how they are going to break down the meds or rather absorbe them.

Also, I have the stand point of working it the psychiatric community for many years.  I managed several residential skilled facilities for the chronically mentally ill so I have both patient care with medications and physicians experiance.  I have seen many psych docs prescribe medication for people/patients and tell them that it wouldnt have much effect on their weight when I knew darn well the data for that drug said different.  Such as Depakote and Zoloft. 

Clinically, I understand the doctors to a point.  They want their patients to at least try the medication without worrying if it is going to have the effects of weight gain which for any woman & yes guys is devastating.  It is difficult enough sometimes to even try to get some people to try to start on a medication and no less stay on it long enough to see if it is going to be effective.  But come on, at least the doctors could be up front and say "well you do have at least a 50% chance of weight gain of Effexor" because really even they dont know if you will gain weight or not.  They know what they know from the drug reps and the information they are given during any recertification requirements. Now if it is Zoloft they were giving you it would really be different and your chances of weight gain would be way higher IMO.


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TammyGrl0528
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   Posted 5/9/2008 1:50 PM (GMT -7)   
Kitt...here is sending you some energy and motivation...From me to YOU! Hope it finds its way to you!!!

Els, thank you for your thoughts! This antidepressant stuff can be pretty depressing sometimes, eh? LOL.

Thanks everyone!
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