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Hi, ive been put on mitazipine after fluoxetine stopped working,

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Hi, i've been put on mitazipine after fluoxetine stopped working, i'm due to start a 30mg dose tonight, after have cut down from 40 mg of fluoxetine to 20mg and then going 5 days off it. I've been reading up on mitazipine and i've been horriffied about the potential weight gain.. i'm over weight to start with :( Will i definitely put weight on, is it inevitable with this drug? Thanks.

Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Mental Health
Expert:  Dr. Ed Wilfong replied 7 years ago.
Weight gain is common, but not inevitable with mitrazapine (there are other s that are much worse). It will help more with sleep and anxiety than flouxetine. There are other options, but I am not sure what you are being treated for.
Customer: replied 7 years ago.
Thanks for your response, i'm being treated for depression and anxiety, my weight is already a concern of mine, so putting on weight would really affect me. My diet hasn't been the healthiest, but i've started to address this.. So if i eat sensibly and excercise is it possible to actually lose weight while on this or unlikely? Any advice you can offer would be great.
Expert:  Dr. Ed Wilfong replied 7 years ago.
Yes it is possible that you will lose weight on this medication. Addressing your diet and exercise will also benefit your treatment for depression and anxiety. Some people do have weight gain with this medication but more a 50/50 than a certainty. If you have trouble with it, talk to your doctor about options with less potential weight gain, but I would certainly give it a try.
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