Re: Effexor XR weaning = weight gain?
You know, I noticed after going off of Effexor, that I suddenly could not tolerate my birth control pill. I had always taken birth control with my meds and Effexor was the med I took the longest. I never had a problem with the pill before that.
It could be that the weight gain is related solely to Effexor withdrawal. However, if you are also on birth control, you might want to consider that too. In the space of a month, my weight went up 20 lb. (mostly water weight). I began to have a lot of strange symptoms mimicking pregnancy even though I was not pregnant including a hard bulgy area over my uterus, crazy mood swings (which I hadn't even had when the depresison was so severe), the feeling all the cells of my body were pushing outward, and strange food cravings.
It was very weird. It seemed like Effexor affected the way my body metabolized the birth control pill. The docs denied this could be so, but I still strongly suspect it. I came to the conclusion that without Effexor, I just can't tolerate hormonal birth control, so I went off the birth control pill, and all these symptoms improved though the water retention still persists, it improves every menstrual cycle I have off the pill, and I have lost 12 lb.
I hope this may help you.