Effexor and eating disorders

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My thyroid labs are normal, and I'm otherwise very healthy with the exception of needing effexor for mild anxiety/depression. I do not believe that the effexor is in any way the problem since I've only been on it for a year, and my problems go back way longer than that. My only other medications are mirena (levonogestrel IUD), multivitamin, calcium, omega-3, and occasional NSAIDs for ankle pain. What are my options? What do you suggest for my situation?
I have been off effexor for about a week and a half and have already lost about 10-15 pounds. i'm back down to what i was when i graduated high school and started taking the meds.
Maybe you really need just an adjustment in the effexor up or down ? I've tried Paxil, Zoloft, and Prozac, and I know effexor is tough to start, and tough to stop, but maybe you need it. My daughter had problems cutting back on zoloft when she was pregnant, but she was able to take a lower dose all the way to the last two weeks, and both her and baby are fine. I hope you feel better, if you need to talk, I'm here to listen.
But animal products contain the most complete protein, and are the only reliable source of B12, which is essential for energy and emotional wellness. Fish is a good source for that. Try eating all organic, and only naturally raised animals and wild fish, not farm raised. You have a hard road. My life was ruined by a very weird and rare reaction to quitting Paxil, so I understand what it's like to have a hard life. Keep working at this and educating yourself. Good luck.
Hi, I have been on Effexor XR for 3 years and I have gained about 40-50pounds, most when my dose was increased to 225, now I am on 75mg b/c I'm getting ready to wean off the medicine in a couple of weeks,and I haven't lost anything yet. My eating habits have not changed and I exercise. I have always been underweight and I could eat whatever I wanted...I'm only 26 years old...I know my metabolism has changed some, but not enough to pack on 40 pounds.
I was on effexor for a year and yes I did gain about 30 lbs. I also lost my desire to have sex and could not even reach an orgasm at all. The worst part of this medication is trying to get off of it. The withdrawals are horrible. I switched to wellburtin xl and it works just as good for me and has no side effects, at lest to me. Everyone is different. Maybe talk to your doctor and see what he says. I wish you the best of luck!
I thought I was tough and could handle going off effexor - nope! Called the emergency room and asked the nurse one night and she just said "oh darlin' why'd you do something so stupid, no one should just stop." The pharmasist told me to take benadryl - it helped a lot. It took me about 2 weeks to feel better. I got stuck out of state and out of ins so I kinda had go off cold turkey - Not a great idea. I think my husband has been scarrrrred forever.
I am currently starting the withdraw from Effexor. I told my doctor that's what I wanted to do and she offered no advice to me. She did give me a sample pac of Effexor which has 75 mg. in it and 37 mg in it. I was taking 150mg. So I have started taking the 75 mg and will decrease to the 37 mg. Please tell me what I need to do in addition to that. I take calcium blockers for high blood pressure.
It's funny that there seems to be a correlation with my weight/appetite and eating habits and panic attacks. I have my panic attacks usually when I haven't had enough to eat or drink that day. Xanax actually brought my appetite back. Ensures are good, but you know what my saving grace has been? Turkey and cheese lunchables!!! lol, they are packed with protein and so easy on your stomach...so usually if I have no appetite or don't feel well I just eat one of those and I feel better.
The doctor that put me on it was a joke - he tried other stuff, finally putting me on Effexor and when it showed signs of working, he just kept increasing my dosage. Not knowing enough to advocate for myself (and half admitting that I was feeling better), I ended up on 300ml/daily. That was almost 3 1/2 years ago.
I have been on Effexor xr for 4 1/2 wks. It has done nothing for my anxiety and actually feel worse now agoraphobic. They had me up to 150mg which made me feel unreal and out of it so they put me back down to 75mg. I know its not right for me the side effects are too bad. My question is how to get off I am so scared of the withdrawl symtoms. I have had every s/e on it including confusion muscle tension dizziness insomnia agitation to name a few so will the withdrawl symtoms be worse.
i have been on 225 of effexor and it has helped me alot but the weight gain has been horrible. i crave carbs and feel hungry alot. but i tried goin off the effexor and had bad bad withdrawls. i took my time too. any ideas?
You might want to switch off of the xr and just use effexor..it will be easier to cut the dose and also be easier to wean yourself in general. I would go with your first hunch here, the effexor withdrawal. I would not suggest trying to substitute other medications for this process...it will only confuse the picture.
Another medication in its family is venlafaxine (Effexor) and it CAN cause weight gain, and large increases in blood pressure.
I am feeling myself slipping into a worse depression because of the weight issue and being constantly in pain and wonder would I be better off without them all together and lump it? I have battled eating disorders in the past and see myself heading down that path if I can't find some sort of relief. Any thoughts or feedback would be greatly appreciated.
Even with being on Topamax and Effexor I did Nutri System and only lost 16 lbs in a whole year!! I recently went off everything except the one medication for depression that does not cause weight gain and can help compulsive disorders like eating, smoking etc. Wellbutrin. It even helps with weight loss. I've lost two pounds.
The real turning point was when I realized that the eating disorders were the result of the disfunction that had gone on in my life and by stuffing and purging, I managed to stuff and purge my feelings at the same time. Drugs, diets, none of it will work unless you get right with what's going on inside of you. Good luck.
You're not in the same situation as I'm in. Don't be so judgemental. I have an Eating Disorder as well, and if you know anything about that, I'm terrified about gaining weight. I'm just trying to get info. from patients to hear about their experiences so I can make the best decision I can.
He has been taking effexor and is on 150 mg. now. Also we have added Lexapro 10 mg. He was taking concerta 36mg, then the teacher last year said she didn't see improvement in his behavior, so they doubled the concerta, which exelerated his anxiety. That's when they added the Lexapro, and switched the concerta to strattera. (which did nothing) Now he's on no ADD medicine. My child's doctor isn't very proactive with our situation. I feel like things are getting worse.
i've had friends with panic disorders as well, and while i was working mine out, bit by bit on my own, they turned to meds and it really changed their personalities, and until now, they still haven't overcome the problem. i know everyone's different, but whenever i can discourage using medication, i will... especially with anything related to your moods or temperment. i've also worked overseas in "conflict zones".
Back in the end of January, I was sitting at home relaxing after eating a pizza and a rootbeer when all of the sudden, my heart takes off. Feels like its going very fast. It goes away for a second or two and then takes off again. I have had heart problems before and thought I was having or about to have a heart attack. I drive myself to the E.R. I remember lying there and my heart rate would take off and I would feeling tingling in my hands, feet and somtimes in my face.
I agreed it was a great idea BUT would not tolerate any weight gain as I have had issues with eating disorders in the past and still had about 4 pounds left to go to get back to my pre-pregnancy weight. So that pretty much just left Wellbutrin as an option because most antidepressants cause weight gain but this one is know IN GENERAL to either remain weight neutral or cause you to lose -- everyone reacts differently to it but it was a better bet for me.
//www.moodgym.anu.edu.au/welcome There is evidence that many people who develop eating disorders as teenagers have an imbalance of serotonin. This could be why tramadol which contains a serotonin reuptake inhibitor is particularly attractive for you. Coming off tramadol also commonly causes rebound depression and/ or anxiety. Everyone else's suggestions are very worthwhile but it is also possible that your brain is naturally low in serotonin & may benefit from some enhancement.
I don't know for sure, but I believe it is because even a little bit of adrenaline added to my already over-abundance of adrenaline shoots me through the roof. I'm on effexor and hope that it will help me with these issues. Thankfully, my kids don't even flinch anymore. They think I'm full of hot air.
5 mg of effexor to see how i would react and i had barley any sypmtoms so she uped it to 75 and im now at 150 mg and i feel no anxiety i have not had a panic attack since.
I am 26 and take 0.5 klonopin every night for sleep. I was taking 3 a day and managed to get down to 1. I have been trying to stop this medicine for over 9 months but have found it very hard I have gotten myself down to 1 every night but after a few weeks it's the same withdrawns can't sleep pounding heart shaking & nervousness-panic attacks. I have tried to stop cold turkey that is impossiable. I found out that I was 5 weeks pregnant and recently had a miscarriage.
I am alergic to Latex and we were using latex based paint but I wasn't eating it and it wasn't all over my hands and feet. Not sure if it was some weird alergic reaction or something else. However, it happened 2 days in a row, only while painting the bathroom. I am having some tests on my liver as some bloodwork came back with some need to test my liver... not sure if that has anything to do with that.
He is stealing from me and lying, complains of headaches, and he can't stop binge eating. He says his arms are numb, his speech is slurred and he walks like a drunk. This is the most devastation I have ever had in my life, I don't know what to dol I want to get him help but he has to want to be helped. By reading all these posts, it sounds hopeless. Is this a death sentence for him? PLEASE HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I sorry to hear what happened to you and it would be very tough to know what caused your mental memory problems. I was on effexor and it killed my sex drive and helped end a relationship and made my mind fuzzy. I'm glad I off of it as I know it made me slower and now only take a small dose of welbutrin. I was off everything for a while but needed extra help with stopping smoking.
I never had a chance to be hungry. I was always eating something, and topomax took away that habit. Im on my second try with Topamax. By itself 5th week, minus 25lbs. I havent had a soda in 5 weeks, and as far as the side effects go. Remember the side effects are possible side effects. The could happen to some, all or none. Its the chance we all take to get well.
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