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Date Joined Aug 2006
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   Posted 10/18/2006 12:29 PM (GMT -6)   
hi every one my doctor has perscribed me mirtazapine for depression and anxiety but i am very concerned about the common side effect of putting on weight,i would like to here any bodys opinions on this,THANKS

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Date Joined Jun 2004
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   Posted 10/18/2006 3:30 PM (GMT -6)   
I take mirtazapine (generic Remeron) and generic Celexa. I am already sort of heavy but did not gain anymore weight from taking these drugs. I take the Remeron at night, it lets me sleep. If you are concerned about weight gain I think you should just exercise several times a week and watch what you are eating. If it is too bothersome for you then talk to your doctor about it.

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Date Joined May 2005
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   Posted 10/21/2006 11:14 AM (GMT -6)   
I have been on Remeron (Mirtazapine) for a little over a year. I feel it is an excellent antidepressant and it pulled me out of the most severe depression I have ever had in a matter of three to four days. I was in the hospital for a major depressive episode when the Psychiatrists put me on it. I have not had any side effects from it except for weight gain (and some swelling of my feet and ankles at times). I have put on 15 pounds in a year and it has caused me great concern and to the point where I am not dating anymore because of my weight gain.

However..when I was in the hospital, they performed many blood tests at 5am but they did not test my thyroid (??), and I just found out I have an underactive thyroid which can cause weight gain and depression. Have you had your thyroid tested? It is a simple blood test (TSH test). The Psychiatrist told me that millions of people have an untreated (overactive or underactive thyroid) and have they have been misdiagnosed with depression and put on antidepressants.
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