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having had a horrendous experience on and coming off venlafaxine which was prescribed experimentally for a physical condition and not depression i was put onto zispin for depression because of my bad reaction to venlafaxine...go figure!
within a week of taking zispin i had gained 10lbs in weight (so rapid it stretched my stomach, a very uncomfortable feeling) - it actually wasnt true weight gain just massive water retention. i also lost all sense of reality.
my reaction to this stuff (or coming straight off one onto the other?) was so bad i was put on a psych ward for a few days but no admission from the doctors that the drug flipped me out - yes the drug was causing the weight gain but no the psych episode was all me. they kept me on it, i did settle down eventually although the weight wouldnt shift.
i've now taken myself off it completely by tapering for two months - halving the crumbly soltabs isnt very easy. (incidentally im sure that the soltab fizzy version of the drug causes the bloating and the mirtazepine non-branded tablets dont) anyway im all clean now, from this at least. havent told the doc yet that im off it. i've lost over a stone in a fortnight so im underweight again - i told them it was fluid!! the weight by the way didnt seem to have anything to do with how much i did or didnt eat. i have to say even with a reasonably rapid withdrawal i experienced no really nasty withdrawal effects from the drug. the weight gain sucks...what are they thinking giving this to depressed people! Do bear in mind thought that you may well lose it when you eventually stop the drug - i definitely have, and very quickly. after this and venlafaxine i will refuse any anti depressant medication i may be offered. it just isnt worth the side effects and the withdrawal has to come eventually. as for what they're meant to do i didnt notice any difference in mood but if i consider how this all started im pretty sure i dont need medicating for depression. so for me the intended effect was negligible, side effects were awful and withdrawal was ok
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