Is there a weight gain problem on venlafaxine?

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Hi all iv come off mirt & starting venlafaxine tomorrow . There was a massive problem with gaining weight with this.. but more so because of cravings..is it like this at all with venlafaxine? Thankyou.

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    I think it's completely different for everyone. I am on Mirtazipine and have no cravings at all. I had to come off Venlafaxine due to massive alcohol cravings.
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      Yes I actually thought I was going mad until I Googled "Venlafaxine alcohol craving" and found I was certainly not alone.
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      Oh my word iv got a 3yr old I can do without that.. would you say that was the only problem with it ..I'm. So scared of side effects
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      As an antidepressant it did the job when I got up to the 300mg dose. It was one of the stronger ones I've had in that I couldn't get emotional at all on it.

      It is quite difficult to come off as you'll read on these forums so if/when it comes to that make sure you taper off very slowly.

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      Thankyou so much for your input. Its made me feel more at ease now. I was told that about mirt (tapering) yet my phyciatrist told me to just come straight off it.. I went to see my doc a few days later he couldn't believe I'd come straight off it but said il be over the worst of WD now
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      It's amazing how many doctors tell people to stop Venlafaxine abruptly. It even says in the pack not to!

      I was a little ill for the first two days of Venlafaxine but fine after that.

      Good luck with it.

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    Hi I'm on 300mg and crave sweet things and sugar something I never liked before but I use my fitness pal app it has done well for depression
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      Hi dawn thankyou for replying I never ate sweet before either I so hope it doesn't happen again I lost the plot so bad on mirt because of it .
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    Hi I had no issues with weight gain. I stopped taking Ven about a month ago and Other than being short-tempered no issues.  I was on Ven for 12 months. 
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      Thankyou David I'm to start it today .. feel like I need a break after mirt my head feels like it's on fire inside all the time.. mirt made feel like a ticking bomb twards the end .
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      Hi staz

      I havnt started yet ..was ment to be yday.. not in a good place at the moment at all.. still getting WD from the mirt too.. sleep is impossible 😢

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      Sorry to hear that Sharon. My Pdoc has perscribed ven to be taken with the mirt as it's more effective than either med by themselves.

      Hang in there

      much love x

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      I just wanted off the mirt my head went with all constant battling in my head over cravings ..I really do lose it .. I just wanted to go on citrolpram as it gos well with lithium bt pdoc wouldn't have it .. who knows it may work .. thanks staz & you x
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