Effexor - long term use

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   Posted 9/6/2005 4:13 PM (GMT -6)   
I have been on Effexor for over three years - 225 mgs.  In the first two years, I actually lost weight or was stable.  In the past year, I seem to be quickly gaining weight despite little change in eating and exercise habits.  I'm curious if anyone else on Effexor long term has experience this?

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   Posted 9/7/2005 11:22 AM (GMT -6)   
Wish I could help you. I have only been on it for a year and have noticed very little change in my weight.
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   Posted 9/9/2005 10:46 PM (GMT -6)   
.. Hi Cassman & Randy----tho i've recently dx as BP 2----i am on
Effexor -37.5 mg/day....as well as Seroquel.     Anyway----tho i've only been on Effexor for, like 17 days----i've been doing lottsa searches on it---& reading all kinds of horror stories about getting off of it.      This has me scared!     My wife says i shouldn't read these posts as the only people who write on these....are people who have bad experiences with it.        Anyway----only things i've noticed are some headaches...& a decrease in sex drive.     But, these horror stories about weaning off------is Effexor that bad????      I'd like to hear something positive.    Thanks---Robert

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   Posted 9/22/2005 5:55 PM (GMT -6)   
hi, i have also been on effexor 225mg for over 3 years.
i lost weight, too. i lost about 20 pounds w/out even
trying! it was great.  just like you, i have gained weight
and it's harder to lose it.  i have stayed on it because i
don't have any side affects.  it has not been working
lately, i have been really depressed, completely apathetic
and hopeless.  i have started taking neurontin, i got it
from my mom, not my docter (shhhhh). the doseage i am
taking is 400mg 3x a day. for the first week i felt great.
not depressed at all. now it seems it's not working as well.
i really don't want to stop effexor and try something
completely different.  i am really trying to motivate myself
to exercise because it makes me feel better.  of course
that's what's so hard about depression, getting motivated!
it seems inevitable that any medication stops working.
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