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Does Effexor (venlafaxine) XR cause weight loss or weight gain?

Does Effexor (venlafaxine) XR cause weight loss or weight gain?

Yes: All of the ssri cause weigh gain...Sorry but it is true. The drug companies say no but the expérience says yes! ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Losing Weight (Definition)

Many people resolve to lose weight in the New Year for different reasons. For those who are overweight or obese, there are many health benefits to losing weight. It can help decrease your chances of developing diseases including diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, osteoarthritis, and even certain types of cancer. Low-calorie diets combined with increased physical activity are thought to be most effective long term. The healthiest weight loss regimen, therefore, is one that consists of making lifestyle changes that incorporate a balanced diet ...Read more


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Which antidepressant causes weight loss? I've been on many and last one was Effexor (venlafaxine) XR as others make me tired. I put on weight. Am depressed grieving

Which antidepressant causes weight loss? I've been on many and last one was Effexor (venlafaxine) XR as others make me tired. I put on weight. Am depressed grieving

Depressed & grieving: Active grieving of a loss needs support more than medication. If the grief has become depression with poor self esteem, ongoing vegetative signs (changes in sleep, energy, appetite etc), & worthlessness etc antidepressants may help. Wellbutrin (bupropion) does not reliably cause weight loss, but it's less likely to cause weight gain than some others. Lexapro may be relatively weight neutral also. ...Read more

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Taken 375mg of Effexor (venlafaxine) for 2+ yrs. Lost 33 lbs. Can weight loss effect the drug or does it make 0 diff. In effectiveness? Want to lower my mg if so

Taken 375mg of Effexor (venlafaxine) for 2+ yrs. Lost 33 lbs. Can weight loss effect the drug or does it make 0 diff. In effectiveness? Want to lower my mg if so

Talk to your doctor : Your are on a hefty dose of Effexor (venlafaxine). Talk with your doctor before making any changes. I have seen some patients lose weight on their medicine. If you and your doctor determine that this is the maintenance dose required to manage your symptoms, then don't change. If your weight loss continues and poses a health risk, then you may need a dose adjustment or med change. Best wishes! ...Read more

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Hi there, I am on 400mg of Lamictal as of last week and now take 450mg of Effexor (venlafaxine) on top. I am worried about my liver but It helps my weight loss woes?

Hi there, I am on 400mg of Lamictal as of last week and now take 450mg of Effexor (venlafaxine) on top. I am worried about my liver but It helps my weight loss woes?

The pill dilemma: We must acknowledge the perspective of individual biology and the issue that some people come from heavy families. Kindness required. That said, if you don't eat it you can't wear it. If you take pills to address the problem you are choosing to accept risks in exchange for choosing to come at the problem this way. There is no free ride, as was revealed in the phen/fen debacle. ...Read more

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Currently taking 200mg Zoloft. Effexor (venlafaxine) XR started 07/01/14. Since Effexor (venlafaxine) Iam losing weight.went from 297 to 280. Is this a cause for concern?

Currently taking 200mg Zoloft. Effexor (venlafaxine) XR started 07/01/14. Since  Effexor (venlafaxine) Iam losing weight.went from 297 to 280. Is this a cause for concern?

No: losing weight is possible on these medications but you need to check with your provider to see if you should be on two drugs in the same family which could cause some problems like serontonin syndrome Please check with provider but I do see weight loss with some antidepressants (sometimes they gain weight) ...Read more

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My dr said seroquel and Effexor (venlafaxine) cause. Weight gain. Am i able to lose weight if i exercise and eat right?

My dr said seroquel and Effexor (venlafaxine) cause. Weight gain.   Am i able to lose weight if i exercise and eat right?

Of course you can: Yes that is the right spirit. Let your dr know your concerns and plan of action. That is very positive and constructive attitude. It is true that those meds may cause weight gain, but not always will; diet and exercise should be helpful. Best wishes. ...Read more

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How can I lose weight when I have to take effexor, (venlafaxine) neurontin, flexeril, mirapex etc for fibromyalgia?

How can I lose weight when I have to take effexor, (venlafaxine) neurontin, flexeril, mirapex etc for fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia: The use of medications to control fibromyalgia can also lead to the unwanted side effects of weight gain due to fatigue and water retention.. The main treatment for fibromyalgia is exercise and once you are able to exercise because the medications are helping you control your pain, then you will start to see progress. The initial phase of treatment may not lead to weight loss. ...Read more

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2years ago lost my mum tragically.Was on many antidepressants. Last one was Effexor (venlafaxine) xr. Been off them butnow depression kicked in. Which med weighloss?

2years ago lost my mum tragically.Was on many antidepressants. Last one was Effexor (venlafaxine) xr. Been off them butnow depression kicked in. Which med weighloss?

Loss of mother: I'm sorry to hear of your loss. Antidepressants do not typically cause weight loss, but wellbutrin (bupropion) is less likely to cause weight gain than others. Psychotherapy would also be very important for working through a loss like this, so i hope this is part of your treatment. Be well. ...Read more

Dr. Chad Levitt
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Lose Weight (Definition)

Many people resolve to lose weight in the New Year for different reasons. For those who are overweight or obese, there are many health benefits to losing weight. It can help decrease your chances of developing diseases including diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, osteoarthritis, and even certain types of cancer. Low-calorie diets combined with increased physical activity are thought to be most effective long term. The healthiest weight loss regimen, therefore, is one that consists of making lifestyle changes that incorporate a balanced diet ...Read more


Dr. Krishna Kumar
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Venlafaxine (Definition)

It belong to classification of snri antidepressant also help anxiety start slow go slow its approved for depression and anxiety disorder there are some common side effects important never stop suddenly always taper slowly if you ever ...Read more