Weight gain side effect of Effexor?

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Question from Micki: You mention antidepressants causing weight gain. I just received an Rx for Effexor to combat hot flashes and the doctor mentioned that it is also prescribed for depression. Is weight gain one of its side effects?
Answers - Marisa Weiss, M.D. The dose of Effexor that is usually used for the treatment of hot flashes is up to 75mg a day. The dose for Effexor used to treat depression is usually higher than that. Weight gain does not seem to be a problem at the lower doses of Effexor used for hot flashes.

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