will i gain weight with venlafaxine need good advice

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i have just been prescribed ven. but i am terrified of gaining weight as i have lost a lot of weight in the past i would appreciate your experiences regarding this topic thanks

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    Hi,thanks however I am currently on 150 venlafaxine...due to suffering severe panic disorder for over a year. I was prescribed diazapam before and became adaddicted which was also a nightmare to come off from but trough determination managed it as although they helped at first I got far worse as you can imagine. I feel the venlafaxine are working for my anxiety to some degree but I get angry very quickly and it's affected relationships. Don't know what to do as I'm scared coming off them will make my condition bad again and I simply could not cope with that again it makes me think about doing myself in..I hate it because I've always been happy in the past.it all started after a bad flight and a 2hr panic attack. I had had them before but this was different and left me a nervous wreck. ??? This post is only the tip of the iceberg as far as my confusion and feelings are concerned
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      Hi jim early stages then with ven. It really works differently with the individual as I was and low doses for 20 years. I gained weight but not sure if it was down to the meds or just comfort eating!!!!!! However the doc did warn me that I may gain some weight. I would suggest just keep talking to your GP but make sure it's one who is knowledgeable and understanding as some (especially young) seem to do the easy option with out the impact. I would also suggest that you ask the doc for counselling if it works for you as that's what got me over my issues and in a place to come off ven finally. It's been a struggle coming off but nothing like the struggle I have heard people have had on here.
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      Yes, it most certainly does make you gain weight!

      I've been on Ven for 6 months now after being on Duloxetine for many years. Dose is currently 150mg a day but am tapering down to nothing under medical guidance after I realised it truly was a horrible, horrible drug.

      I've put on a huge amount of weight in this time although I eat healthily and never exceed around 1,500 cals. a day. And I exercise regulalrly to the full extent my calorie intake will allow.

      Side effects for me have been depression (go figure!), memory loss, poor concentration, loss of libido, erectile dysfunction, chronic fatigue, insomia, visual disturbance, aching joints and muscles, and of course weight again.

      Withdrawal symptons added to the above now include brain zaps and really weird dreams (not all unpleasant!) but I also take Diphenhydramine HCl (Nytol or Boots Sleepeze in the UK) which I read online helps alleviate some of the withdrawal symptoms, which it does.

      I really don't understand how drug companies are allowed to sell drugs like these, and how doctors can continue to prescribe them although a raft of 'incentives' probably helps!

      And what's worse is that most doctors are also clueless as to how to come off them!

      So let's try and get this poison banned!

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      I started 75mg in may and have put on a substantial amount of weight already. sad I am in the process of being weened off and now i have a ton of work to do to get this weight off. To top it off I cant have gluten thats why I know this medication has caused me to gain. I also had depression, anxiety, memory loss just from walking from one room to another and I was extremely lazy or unmotivated I just couldn't get myself to do anything but go to work and come home. I feel like I have more side effects than benefits, it did help me fall asleep at night but that's about it.

      As for being weened my dr told me to take one every other day for 2 weeks and then one on Monday and Thursday on the 3rd week I a currently on day 5 of being weened off.

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      Call your doctor asap and get into see him. Explain to his nurse or secretary how bad you're feeling. I've been there before from medication and you need to get help right away. Take care.
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      Mine DID! Everyones experience is different. I had a weird sidea effect of sleep walking and i was eating while I was sleep walking. So yes, it can.
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      80% of weight loss (or weight gain) is determined by WHAT WE EAT!

      So perhaps you might consider that your eating habits are what is causing your weight gain and not the Effexor. I'm on 75mg - no weight gain but my I watch what I eat.

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    I have been on Venlafixine since April/May last year, due to a relationship break-up and post trauma !  I built up dosage gradually - now on slow release 150mg or is it 160mg, get mixed up between these and the propranalol !  I must say that both have been a God-send and helped me get through awful panic/anxiety attacks !  Pre taking these I could barely function, I had trialled others before these two and was all over the place emotionally !  Now though, almost a year later - I feel I want to come off, don't like being drug dependent to make me function " normally ", yeah- whatever normal is huh ?  Anyway, I am worried about withdrawal and panic/anxiety coming back but hopefully they can phase in some lesser medication that will make the transition a good one ?  
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    Hi, well I must say that I have noticed a lot of weight gain around my normally comfortable middle !  I now have excess flesh where once was quite flat, I can only attribute it to the meds, as I am a very disciplined eater !!  Going to see about coming off these and my other med soon, as have been on both almost a year !  My weight has not gone up at all but shifted to my waist area, and it is horrible !
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    Hiya all. I ve just stubbled across this site for information and reassurance. I too have been on venafaxine 150. i have put on 2 stone. I have been withdrawing for the last 3 weeks. The withdrawal has been awfull but hopefully nearly there. I have come off them as I was sweating terribly and am full of boils and spots in sweaty places. Been on fluoxetine for many years but this withdrawal from the venlafaxine has been the worst. Vomiting, dizziness, vertigo.  glad its nearly over and hope you are all managing ok. Definatley worked for the depression and anxiety but woud not use it again. The withdrawal was awfull and got no help as doctors said it was just a bug. After researching on the internet, i realised the withdrawal sypmtons are very common. x
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