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Unread 01-13-2012, 04:24 PM   #1
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Shocked SNRI's and weight gain

I started taking Pristiq in August 2010 and gained 30 pounds in under 4 months!! I lost 10 pounds with thyroid medication but gained it all back. Has anyone experienced this? Is there a way to I can stay on Pristiq and get back to my normal weight?
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Originally Posted by Katiebell View Post
Has anyone experienced this?
Hi Katiebell,

A google of: pristiq weight gain suggests yes; some people are experiencing this S/E. Others say they are losing weight while on this medication.

Shedding the extra weight may depend on what kind it is. If it's water retention, a diuretic may help. If due to increased appetite, slower metabolism, etc. then lowering intake along with increased exercise (the usual for losing weight) should apply. (Not implying it will be easy)

Gaining/losing that much weight that quickly isn't good; IMO you should make your doctor aware of it. S/he may modify your dosage, change your prescription entirely, or have some other suggestions for helping control it.

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