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08 Dec 2012

Anti-Depressants causing major weight gain
Hi Doc

I DESPERATELY need your help.

I have been on mirteron 15mg daily since Jun/July - it has increased my appetite so much that every 2 or 3 hours I am ravenous. I have gained a lot of weight (I had already put on weight due to a change in lifestyle) and it is depressing me... I can''t stand the constant feeling of being ravenous and I know I shouldnt be as its not that long ago since I last ate.
If I try ignore the feeling and don''t eat then I get headaches, shaky feeling, nauseous and sometimes vomit.

What anti depressants DON''T increase your appetite? I have heard of valadoxin (??) but all the ones I''ve tried have made me nauseous (aropax, cipralex) I have just gottten past the nausea with mirteron (maybe once a week I wake up nauseous) that I am nervous to try a new one and go through that again, although I am now on a month''s leave so if I do change now would probably be the best time -

What do you suggest? I have plans to start gymming at least 2-3 times a week if not daily, I just struggle to get there as I feel tired (or and most often, hungry and then worry about exercising on an " empty"  stomach)

My husband is getting impatient with me sometimes as he feels I am always eating but he doesnt understand that if I don''t I feel absolutely terrible... he stil wants intimacy with me, but I have now a low self image as I am quite chubby for my size (I used to be nice and slim) - I hate the excess weight and I just don''t know what to do..

Answer 1,034 views

01 Jan 0001

I don't particularly favour Mirteron, and weight-gain is a recognized problem for SOME people taking it. THis annoying problem can be related to many current antidepressants, but we vary in how we respond, so a drug that makes you balloon up, may not bother someone else.
SOME newer antidepressants, like Agomaletine, do NOT seem to cause weight gain, and may be worth trying ( that's the Valdoxan you've heard of ).
Some of the SSRI family manage to make you nauseous AND gain weight !
Discuss this with your doc, who must obviously know about this and other newer drugs and their typical side-effects. Meantime, have you tried eating less fattening foods when feeling ravenous, like salads, etc ? They can at least reduce that empty stomach feeling ; similarly low-GI foods and breads can reduce that sensation
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