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Re: Effexor + Wellbutrin + 75lbs.

Posted by Nancy on April 6, 1999, at 18:13:13

In reply to Re: Effexor + Wellbutrin + 75lbs., posted by mila on April 6, 1999, at 16:39:50

Scientists don't know by what specific mechanisms the vast array of psychotropics pile the pounds onto patients.

Personal experience? I knew a female bodybuilder who was 10% body fat (for years) before taking high doses of lithium and an AD for a severe, rapid cycling bipolar disorder. Within 6months, she had gained 70Lbs. She's lived with bipolar disorder for many years and she never gains weight from the illness. It's only when she takes meds. That's why she stopped taking them years ago. She just thought that she'd give the meds another try.

Now, she's on different meds (after trying 40-50 other kinds) that don't make her so "bloated".
So, maybe your new AD won't give you the same problems with weight gain that the effexor did.

It is true that you should reduce the dose of EFFEXOR no faster than 75mg per week. This means, if you're taking 300mg a day, then, for one week you'll be taking 225mg a day.

> I took effexor for about a year. The withdrawal symptoms can be severe. I went cold turkey off 400mg of effexor. I was very ill for two weeks, I experienced flu like symptoms, in fact I though i had the flu until I found out that effexor can cause this. Also I gained 15 pounds in two weeks after taking the drug. It had made me lose 10 pound while I was on it. Since you were on it for a longer time then me, perhaps that is why you ended up gaining so much weight on it. However, I have generally heard that effexor casuse weight loss. In any event, the lesson here is to taper off with the drug rather then go cold turkey. Hope this helps.




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