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Re:Remeron--Question, tina

Posted by SLS on May 16, 2000, at 7:17:01

In reply to Re:Remeron--Question, tina, posted by juniper on May 15, 2000, at 22:33:02

> my mother began taking remeron as she has never been able to sleep well. remeron is the only medication that has worked for her without horrible drowziness. however, she has begun to gain weight though she believes that her diet and exercise have remained the same. she has always been thin, but is now 50 and going through menopause and she contributes these factors to her recent weight gain. the question here is whether remeron, or any medication for that matter, causes weight gain through some internal mechanism such as a slighting of metabolism, or does weight gain occur simply because those on remeron have an increased appetite and ingest more calories? could my mother be be taking in and exerting the same amount of calories as before (forgetting about the aging and menopause for the sake of example), yet be gaining weight simply because she is taking remeron?
> advance thank-you'


Hi Juniper,

Weight gain is one of the most common complaints of people who take Remeron. Remeron produces this weight gain in two ways:

1. It increases appetite, leading to the consumption of more calories.

2. It produces changes in metabolism through the blockade of histamine receptors (H1).

Even if your mother were to successfully limit her intake of calories, she might still gain weight.

- Scott




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