will the weight drop off?

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[b] been on 45mg mirtazpine 4 about 14 months now .just started cutting my pill in half ,not told my doc .just sick of the weight gain i put on 2 stone , which is making me feel more depressed .does anyone know if i will lose the weight by grdually cutting down please .dont generally feel unwell yet as this is only my 2nd night of doing it.no probs sleeping as i take zopiclone as well.but have felt excessively tired this afternoon and spaced out feeling hard 2 explain

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    hi kitty

    i stoped taking mirt last sunday and now gone onto venalaxine as i was the same i put on 3 stone i would get up in the night and eat crips ect and it was like i had no control over it

    this week i not been sleeping so well but i stoped the crap and i do feel as the weight is starting to come off but i would talk to your gp about it and see if you can change anit depressant as u dont want the depression to come back

    hope you get on ok

    stefen x

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    hi kitty

    The weight gain issue seems to occur with all doses from 7.5mg to 45mg

    It's the anti-histamine in the drug causing the hunger,not the anti-depressant properties

    It can be controlled if you stick to a normal calorie intake of 1500 calories a day though.

    Has it helped though with depression?

    If if does then just stay away from sweets,and all the bad stuff

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    Hi Kitty. I took Mirtazapine for 3 weeks before I just couldn't handle it anymore. I was on Venlafaxine at the time which helped a lot with my depression but as soon as Mirtazapine was introduced it made my depression much much worse, gave me bad rage, and I put on 3 stone in that 3 weeks which I have found incredibly hard to loose since no matter how clean my diet is and how much I reduce my calorie intake. I am on no medication at all anymore so there shouldn't be a reason for me not to be able to loose weight like I used to before I look any of this medication. My advice to anyone worried about weight gain is to stay well clear of this medication.
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    I am confused about this weight gain problem. I have been on Mirtazapine since last Oct 09 and at that time I was very overweight. I have since lost 6stone 3lb with Slimming World. For the first time in 18yrs I was able to stick to a healthy eating plan and my guess is that the meds did help me think more logically and clearer. Also the Slimming World plan allows lots of free healthy food so I eat loads of veg, fruit lean meat etc. So for me I guess the weight gain may come with an increase in appetite but if you fill up on healthy foods it should not be a problem. I still get bad episodes of depression but the one constant in my life at the moment is losing loads of weight.
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