Sleep Remeron and Weight Gain

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia and ME & Chronic Fatigue Syndrome' started by PITATOO, Apr 29, 2013.

  1. PITATOO

    PITATOO Member

    I have tried, ambien, lunesta, trazadone for sleep. Been on remeron for 2 months and have gain 18 lbs. My a little less active as I had a heart attack 3 months ago. But I am pretty sure it is the remeron but can't find anything else for sleep, also have tried through the years, melatonin, valerian root etc.

    Any thoughts. I don't want to gain anymore weight, in fact I must lose due to my heart.

  2. LadyCarol

    LadyCarol Member

    You're less active than you use to be so you need to eat fewer calories.

    Remeron can increase carbohydrate/food cravings which if a persons gives way to can lead to weight increase.

    Remeron can and does help with sleep and depression. As you're finding it helps with sleep then rather than changing medication it would better to focus on reducing your food intake. Smaller portion sizes and fewer high calorific foods will help stop the weight gain and then help reduce weight reduction, your heart condition will benefit as well.

    One healthy eating tip to help weight loss is not to have food in the house that is unhealthy or likely to be used for snacking.
  3. mbofov

    mbofov Active Member

    Have you had your cortisol levels tested? If they are high at night, it can cause severe insomnia which almost nothing will touch. The Adrenal Stress Index Test is a saliva test which measures your cortisol at 4 times during the day/evening. Mine was high at night several years ago and I ended up taking Seriphos, phosphorylated serine, which helped a lot. For it to work effectively I had to take it in the morning. But before taking Seriphos, you need to find out if your cortisol levels are high or not, as it could cause your cortisol to go too low.

    Other things that are helping me with sleep are 5-htp, melatonin and l-theanine. But if I had never got my high cortisol under control, these would not have been enough to help me sleep.

    Make sure you're taking enough magnesium, which is crucial for sleep as well.

    Mary