Depression and Weight Issues - Effexor?

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04-16-2014, 04:48 PM
Anyone else on Effexor having problems losing weight? I am doing everything I can (counting calories, drinking tons of water, working out at least 20-30 minutes every day) and nothing is helping. My doctor just keeps saying "You'll see results; keep it up" but I am getting more depressed because I'm not seeing much success.

05-01-2014, 03:11 AM
Hello! I just saw this post and wanted to say that I am also on Effexor, along with other meds that make me weight loss resistant. I recently got blood work done because of the meds, and my thyroid levels came back low. At my pleading, my doctor put me on the smallest dose of thyroid medication there is, but it has already helped me to not be so weight loss resistant. I, too, have been knocking myself out to lose weight and couldn't lose A POUND. It is sooooooooo frustrating and ~ yes ~ depressing. But, in the past two months, I have lost 9 pounds, and I think it is because my thyroid levels have balanced out. I am not saying that this is the case with you, but it might be worth having your thyroid levels checked if this EXTREME weight loss resistance continues despite prolonged SERIOUS attempts to lose weight. Best of luck to you! :)

05-06-2014, 06:11 PM
I just recently stopped taking Effexor and noticed that I did, in fact, have a much harder time losing weight than now! I never had my thyroid checked out like IBelieveInMe2, but maybe her advice would work! If anything, possibly switching to a different SNRI would work also, though I don't really recomend it. I wish you the best of luck!

01-11-2015, 03:08 PM
I just came across this post. I also was on Effexor for almost 2 years and gained 80 pounds. My doc Judy switched me to something else to hopefully aid with the excessive weight loss. Have you found anything more helpful than others? Diets, exercise , changes in medication?