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.