I am a 21-year-old female who just started Effexor XR. I have suffered from depression since I was 11 or 12. It runs in the family. (history of depression, alcoholism, and suicide on both sides of my family, how nice). I was on and off meds in high school (prozac, paxil, zoloft, trazodone), but never took anything very long term. I hadn't taken anything in over 2 years, then I took Wellbutrin for one day in April, but the dumbass psychiatrist started me at 300mg and I felt horrible and manic so I never took it again. My depression has only seemed to continue to worsen, so I'm attempting meds again as a last resort. My family practice doctor just put me on 37.5mg of Effexor and i'm going to keep going up every week or so I guess. I'm extremely concerned about the weight gain I've been reading about online. Has anyone experienced weight gain with Effexor? Obviously I want to feel better, but if I gain 15lbs I will absolutely hate myself. I'm extremely weight conscious and terrified of gaining weight. Any advice? Please share any experience you have with Effexor. Thanks so much!
(I've been on it for 4 days now and have had very minimal side effects. I'm a little bit tired and out of it, but other than that nothing horrible. My appetite seems a little less.)
Thanks again for your help. I really appreciate it.