Changed from Fluoxetine to Mirtazapine

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Does Mirtazapine really give you an appetite , I have just changed from fluoxetine 40 mg to Mirtazapine 15 mg and after taking the first dose I never thought I was going to waken up . I slept all night and practically all day after taking just 15 mg. 

I must say I have not stopped thinking about sweets etc and eventually ate lots of chocolate . I keep saying to myself I have a big enough weight problem without gaining any more . So I'm going to really try and get this thinking of food out of my head . Has anyone managed to do this ????? 

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    Mirtazapine will make you eat like a horse and then some more.  I have always been skinny never been able to put weight on my whole life - im 27 now.  Within 3 months i put on a stone and my stomach looked swollen and it felt like water weight.  Might be different for others but for me mirtazapine raised my appetite through the roof - which was a good thing for me !  That was one of the good results of mirtazapine for me although the bad side effects were unbearable
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    Mirtazapine didn't increase my appetite in fact I ate less! All it did was make me feel so tired all day and it took all my motivation away so i had to come off it, now on venlafaxine and I no longer have the horrible sedated zombie feeling, 
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    Yes it will increase your appetite, especially for sweet things, and the chances are you may put on a few extra pounds, you have to decide if the Mirtazipine is helping your Depression, anxiety or whatever, enough to put up with this.

    It will settle down after a while if you stay on it, but you may have to keep an eye on what you eat from now on

    all the best

    Paddy

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      I have a problem with eating for comfort as it is , so if Mirtazapine is going to make it worse I dread to think of what I will be like.the worst thing is that I read all the side effects and then think am I craving sweets or is it just my mind :-( 
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    It didn't give me an appetite. Thats what I was put on it. Everybody is different though. 
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      I'm another one where mirtazapine didn't give me and appetite, I lost weight while I was taking it. Make sure you have plenty of healthy foods around if you think it's making you want to eat! 
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