How do/did you deal with the weight gain on Mirtazapine?

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I’ve been on for a little over 2 months, and I gained 15 kg (or 33lbs). To be fair, right before I went on I did lose a lot of weight (13 lbs) just because of my depression, so overall I guess it’s 20 lbs. Anyway, it’s getting warmer here now and I don’t feel very comfortable with my body. I’ve started excercising etc and so far lost 10 lbs, but it’s quite difficult because I constantly feel hungry and eat at least twice as much as I used to. I know weight gain is a common side effect of Mirtazapine, so I was wondering how others deal with it? Like did you just ignore it and lost the weight when you went off, or did you exercise and count calories? Are there any tips, like any snacks or foods that make you feel full for longer so that you eat less overall? 


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    Hi Angela

    Ive been on Mirtz for 6 months. I have put on about 2 stones. I craved carbs all the time..... Im coming off mirtz now and only having it every other night and ive started excercising... Not lost anything yet. Others on the site say they lost the weight when they came off but I think if you are going to stay on Mirtz then stick to low fat foods. each time i felt hungry i eat a yogurt. 

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    I noticed that you constantly crave carbs.  I did when I was on it.  I did watch my weight whilst taking exercise particularly running a lot.  I've never been overweight in my life before I took this drug.  It slows down the metabolism and is given to people with eating disorders.

    I stopped it and the weight just dropped off.  I'll never take a drug like that again

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    Hi Angela, like you I've put on weight & I'm not happy with my size. However I have went back on low CARB diet, so I can eat as much as I like of the correct foods & avoid carbs. So instead of potatoes beef & veg, I miss out the potatoes. Anymore than 40 carbs a day is stored as fat, keep under that & you will lose. 👍

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