I've suffered with depression for the past two and half years or so, and a few months ago I was put on mirtazapine. Terrible, terrible medication. At first my appetite lessened, but after about a week my appetite skyrocketed and I craved nothing but sugary foods — and nothing was ever sweet enough. This went on for a few months and I gained 30lbs+. A few weeks ago I stopped taking it (with doctor's blessing, of course) and my appetite became manageable again.
I am now on fluoxetine (Prozac), which doesn't seem to have any affect on appetite, thank God.
I don't agree with what others are saying — that "you should simply stop taking antidepressants immediately! They're bad for you!" — there are so many antidepressants out there and they all affect everyone differently. Rather than coming off medication altogether, my main recommendation would be to talk with your doctor and try a few medications until you find one that works for you. Unfortunately for me, fluoxetine doesn't seem to do much to alleviate the depression, but at least I no longer have to deal with the side effects of mirtazapine (lethargy due to hangover from the drug's soporific effect, and an insatiable sweet tooth).
TL;DR — work with your doctor to find a medication that works for you. You might have to try a few, but you'll get there eventually.
- 12/18/2013 5:38:58 AM