Mirtazapine is making me fat!
October 31, 2010 12:19 PM Subscribe
Remeron/Mirtazapine and weight gain: help me stop it from happening, please!
posted by LOLAttorney2009 to Health & Fitness (8 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I've just started taking mirtazapine despite knowing that it causes weight gain. Prior to choosing mirtazapine, I've gone through a series of other drugs that were weight-neutral or that helped promote weight loss (Wellbutrin) but I can no longer take those b'c of the other side effects that cropped up. I've chosen mirtazapine for the time being b'c it has the least amount of reported side effects - sedation and weight gain are the biggest, most common side effects, but the drug allegedly doesn't cause hair loss, tinnitus, hormonal issues or sleep issues. I thought I could control the weight gain (and even continue losing weight) while on mirtazapine. Boy, was I wrong!
Right now, mirtazapine seems to be working in the ways I need it to work. However, I have re-gained nearly ten pounds in the first two weeks. This gain really surprises me b'c I've been watching what I've been eating - to the point that I have an iPhone app that calculates the calories/helps me keep track of what I'm eating each day. According to that app, I haven't eaten more than 2,000 calories in a day. I also have the Weight Watchers' app and I haven't been eating more points than I should be. Add to this that I'm careful about where my calories come from: I tend to choose high-fiber, minimally-processed foods, though I don't track fat content or sodium.
My choice of foods has helped me lose nearly a third of my highest weight over the past few years and I was still moving the scale downward. Mirtazapine is the only thing I've changed and now, two weeks after starting it, my weight is back up almost ten pounds.
I would really appreciate hearing from others who took/take mirtazapine and have managed not to gain weight. What did you do? If you did take mirtazapine and it caused weight gain, did that stop after a while? Did you increase your dosage and find that the weight gain stopped or increased?