Thought I’d throw that in for people who are finding benefits from Effexor but hate the side effects.
the meds you’ve trialled seem really light on atypical antipsychotics. Is that for any specific reason?
And, I had a continual significant weight gain that would not stop, despite trying multiple ways of dealing with it. I'm pretty confident it was the medication, simply because there was nothing else that changed in my food or exercise patterns - I just started gaining weight. Ate less, exercised more, still gained weight. Tried dropping the med, tried some alternatives, but they had other problems....So I was on it for about 2+ years, give or take, until I was able to stop work for a significant period of time and try something else.
Since then, there's been some interesting research into atypical antipsychotics and metabolic changes. The frustrating part (of course) is that abilify is supposed to be weight-neutral. The percentage of people affected by weight gain while on it is very very low. So...it's not something that anyone is really actively working to correct in some other formulation.