Mirtazapine weight gain issues

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I've been on ADs for a good few years now but more recently (around 4 months ago) my GP suggested I change meds over to Mirtazapine. Since then I have gained over 2st in weight. My appetite is all over the place and I crave carbs like you wouldn't believe. I'm fairly fit, 6' 3\", I walk around 14 miles a week, cycle (mountain bike) a good 15 hard miles but this weight gain is really getting me down. Been back to the GP who says that, basically, it's \"par for the course\".

I'm getting desperate now - I can't put any more weight on as I'm already 16.5st (was 14.5st).

Any help or advice would be really helpful.

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    |know exactly how you feel. Ive been on mrtazapine just over a week and a half. I have put on nearly 3 quarters of a stone. I am permanently eating. It is a nightmare. I am going back to see gp tomorrow. I am also getting very snappy with my moods at times. I a going to see if I can go on another medication as at this rate I will be 25 stone by summer!!!

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    Well, I had a scheduled hospital appointment with the endocrinology department and after only two minutes I've been prescribed Orislat (Alli to the rest of us) in a last ditch attempt to bring my weight under control. I've got my fingers crossed that this will work. I'm also coming off these damn Mirtazapine tablets as their doing more harm than good.
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    Went to gp yesterday. Shes taken me of the mirtazapine and suggested exercise daily! I thought to myself what a nitemare. I get put on medication which increases my weight and then get told to exercise. Thank goodnes Im of them. Ive also been referred for cbt as I have a lot of anxiety.
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    [quote:71ba1fec58=\"bev1 \"]Hi

    |know exactly how you feel. Ive been on mrtazapine just over a week and a half. I have put on nearly 3 quarters of a stone. I am permanently eating. It is a nightmare. I am going back to see gp tomorrow. I am also getting very snappy with my moods at times. I a going to see if I can go on another medication as at this rate I will be 25 stone by summer!!![/quote:71ba1fec58]hi there,i also have been on more antidepressants than i can remember.now 15mg mirtazapine.thought they really helped with my depression and anxiety,but like yourself being on them for months now,put on nearly 2 stone.even though i had been dieting for about 2 month i just continued putting on weight.after reading others were suffering the same.i suddenly stopped a few days ago as i want to get back to my normal weight.unfortunately the withdrawel is horrific.must get to my docs first day i can.im just glad im not alone in this.thanks.

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    [quote=\"Phill \"]Hi.

    I've been on ADs for a good few years now but more recently (around 4 months ago) my GP suggested I change meds over to Mirtazapine. Since then I have gained over 2st in weight. My appetite is all over the place and I crave carbs like you wouldn't believe. I'm fairly fit, 6' 3\", I walk around 14 miles a week, cycle (mountain bike) a good 15 hard miles but this weight gain is really getting me down. Been back to the GP who says that, basically, it's \"par for the course\".

    I'm getting desperate now - I can't put any more weight on as I'm already 16.5st (was 14.5st).

    Any help or advice would be really helpful.

    Hi, I have also experienced weight gain (bout 2st) whilst on Mirt, my pysc has recently increased my dose of Venlefaxine with the intent of taking me off Mirt. I am hoping that I will lose the weight once I have completely stopped them. I have been chasing 'the black dog' with loads of exercise but with NO results. V v frustrating and as if am not feeling enough of a failure!

    If I where you I would ask your gp if there is something else you could try or if your doc is not helpful - who doesn't sound helpful - see someone else. I have been v lucky as my gp has been fab except he has just retired & I am now to 'start' again with a new one.

    Good luck.

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    been reading all the stories on here over the past week as i was put on mirtazapine 5 weeks ago, i to have gained weight but nothing worth worrying about at the moment, these are the first tablets i have tried for the depression and anxiety, i think they are working but i have a very fuzzy head most days and struggle to get motivated luckily my husband is out of work at the moment so has been doing the school run etc. one thing i am worried about is all the talk of hard time coming off them as my doctor told me these ones are not addictive and dont need much to come off them which is one of the reasons i choose these ones!
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    I had been on Venlafaxine for more than 8 yrs and felt they weren't doing me much good any longer so I changed to Mirtazapine. Although I read the leaflet and it said possible weight gain I thought I could handle it and be extra careful. I put 7lbs on in ten days and this only added to my depression. Luckily I still had some Venlafaxine so I stopped the Mirtazapine and carried on taking the Vanlafaxine. Doctor will probably tell me off! Now I am struggling to lose the weight I put on.
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