Weight Loss on Mirtazapine

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Hello Everyone,

I am wondering if anyone has had success losing weight on Mirtazapine. My doctor has advised it slows down Metabolism.

I have gained 2 pounds, however I think that was from binge eating. I have started a new low carb diet and I started B Complex. I will let everyone know my progress, however if anyone could share if they've had success please message.

Some positive encouragement would be appreciated!!

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    I hate to tell you this but I have gained 30 lbs and now have high cholesterol. I am actually eating much healthier and less I ever have. I was diagnosed with celiacs, anxiety, panic disorder and depression. All this hit out of the blue almost 4 years ago. I wish you well on remeron. It gives you great sleep but the weight gain is horrible.

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    not sure if slowing down metabalism is correct or not, and i dont think theres much difference between the anti depressants for weight gain. put on 3 stone over a few years on seroxat, lost it in 3 months, when it stopped working, and i got depressed. been on ven for last year, and mirt added for last 6 weeks. i have kept the weight off, with active yoga, and an extremely healthy diet. when im less anxious on an anti depressant, i have much more control. if a persons medication isnt working fully, and you are more anxious or depressed, then you lose self control, as weight gain isnt your priority. when i gained weight previously, was because seroxat hadnt been working for a long time, and i just didnt care about myself. when it comes down to it, weight gain is mostly down to a lack of self control. the person should be asking themselves why this is the case?

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      Thanks for your response. I was on Cipralex and was able to lose weight no problem. You're correct when I am stressed I binge it. Hopefully, being on this medication I will feel healthier and make better lifestyle chooses.

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    put on 30 lbs and dangerously high cholesterol. trying very hard to get off it now

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      sounds just like me. Trying to wean off also. What dose are you down to and how are you feelilng? Good luck. I hate this drug. The doctor is trying to put me on statins for high cholersterol but I refuse to take them.

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      hello, if you are trying to get off mirt, have you asked your dr whether you can switch to prozac, and then try to come off the prozac? some people have used this method, because its easier to come off prozac, than most other anti depressants. i dont know whether its suitable for you, ask your dr about it?

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      I have read that before. I will ask when I go back. I wish I could get off everything, but I have tried and the panic attacks came right back. Lordy, they are scary. No matter how many I have had, every time I have one, I think I am dying.

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      hi

      i am just about to drop to 9mg on sunday have come down from 45mg. it has been ok but since getting under 15mg it has got harder. i am on venlaflaxine as well.

      we have a mirt withdrawal support group if you want to join ?

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    Good Morning,

    I take effexor and was taking mirtazapine.I gained a lot of weight.Just bought a book called Serotonin Power Diet.A diet that hepls people who are taking anti depressants.I need to read it and then make a plan of action.All this weight is hard on my artificial knee and hips. Do not ger discouraged, I ealise I need to exercise more also.Good Luck.

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      your post is spot on. they can all cause weight gain. will look up that book. my diet now is extremely healthy, only way i can manage my weight. chatting to a friend earlier, mentioned i feel full up and bloated a lot. have half a loaf of brown bread or brown pittas per day, he mentioned gluten issues, hadnt thought of that causing bloating, just thought id eaten too much. bloating really got me down, thought id put on weight, felt fat and heaving walking around. if you feel like that regularly, could see why you wouldnt care if you put on weight, when you mistakenly believe you are fat or overweight. thanks for the book pointer.

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      Hello Sarah.

      I have only been off mirt for one week, so hard to tell because, I have other issues.I am still on my effexor which I take in the morning, I am having anxiety attacks not sure if it is getting off the mirt or not...I guess it takes a while to get our of system, also having headaches, could be withdrawals,,,I get so frustrated..a wait and see game.take care and have a great day.

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      did a bit of reading on weight gain while on anti depressants. cant copy link, but reputable medical source. VERY USEFULL stuff is towards end.

      ​1. Before starting on the medication, get weighed and report the number to your physician. Most psychiatrists do NOT have scales in their offices. Be sure your weight is recorded so when you return for follow-up visits and claim that you have gained weight, there is no dispute.

      ​2. Learn to tell the difference between being hungry and having an appetite. Hunger is when you must eat immediately and just about any food will satisfy you. Appetite is when you feel like eating but without the urgency of hunger. Your medication will increase your appetite and leave you with the nagging feeling that you want to eat more but won't really make you hungry. A good test of the difference between hunger and appetite is whether you are willing to eat something you really don't like that much. If the answer is yes, you are hungry. If the answer is no, then it is your appetite calling to you. My test food is a protein bar. When I am really hungry, I will gobble it down. When I only have an appetite, I won't even nibble on.

      ​3. Does the medication cause your stomach to produce too much acid? Some medications will do this and the feeling is similar to being hungry. A simple test is to take Tums, or some other over-the-counter preparation, to reduce stomach acidity. If the hungry feeling goes away, then you will know it is a side effect of the medicine on your stomach. Speak to your physician about long-term treatment of this

      .​4. Make more serotonin. This will immediately turn off your appetite, vanquish your cravings and leave you feeling satisfied. The feeling is similar to having your thirst vanish after you drink enough water

      .​5. Serotonin is made after you eat any carbohydrate except the sugar in fruit (fructose). When a starchy or sweet food is digested, the brain receives tryptophan, an amino acid that is used by the brain to make serotonin. Eat about 30 grams of a sweet or starchy food such as breakfast cereal, pretzels, popcorn, rice or soy crackers, graham crackers or Twizzlers.

      ​6. Eat the carbohydrate on an empty stomach or at least two hours after you have eaten protein. Protein foods like turkey, chicken, beef, fish, cheese, yogurt and eggs interfere with the ability of tryptophan to get into the brain. If you combine protein foods with carbohydrate, as in a turkey sandwich, no serotonin will be made.

      1. Choose carbohydrates that contain very little fat. Fat slows digestion and adds unnecessary calories. Chocolate, cookies, ice cream, cake, pie crust, French fries, and chips are NOT good serotonin-producing snacks

      ​8. Avoid eating protein at dinner time if your medications make you snack all evening. By eating only a starchy carbohydrate, like pasta or a large baked potato along with vegetables for dinner, your brain will make enough serotonin to keep you satisfied and full until bedtime.

      ​9. Do not, under any circumstance, go on a high protein, low carbohydrate diet. This is a diet for disaster as it prevents serotonin from being made and will only increase your urge to eat and maybe binge

      .​10. Exercise. The increase in serotonin brought about by eating serotonin-producing carbohydrates will increase your energy. Take advantage of this and increase your physical activity, even by a few minutes each day. The combination of no longer feeling an urge to eat and the exercise will allow you to lose weight easily or prevent you from gaining it at all

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      Thanks Nigel. My vice is Crunchy Nut Cornflakes before i go to bed. Ive given up alcohol, caffeine and cigarettes to help with anxiety but it's my only vice left 😉

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      took the advice about having complex carbs only for first food of the day, and have had a large bowl of ready brek with skimmed milk as first meal on an empty stomach. also had another 1 or 2 bowls during the day, and had normal diet in afternoons and evenings. felt fully satisfied all day, sometimes couldnt eat another morsel, yet ive lost weight in 1 weak. its a strange feeling, i never felt hungry, felt id eaten too much at times, yet ive lost weight. for usa, ready brek is ground up oatmeal. its more quickly digested, so you get satisfied feeling more quickly. give it a go and see for yourself.

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