anti depressents - gain weight?

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  1. S10XtremeNLow

    S10XtremeNLow Active Member

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    I'm not gaining weight from it, but i'm wondering when they say a side effect is gaining weight. does that mean that your appetite gets bigger so you eat more, or it messes with your digestive system? or you just *shrug* gain weight?

    i'm not sure what i'm on, supposed to be a new form of "celexa"

    edit: Lexapro
     
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    tryfuhl New Member

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    has to do with that, being an ssri, inhibiting enzymes and several other things, supplement with EFAs and vitamin E
     
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    some antidepressants do cause some weight gain. remeron is notorious for it. find out what you take and look up the side effects
     
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    Wolf No one plans to take the path that brings you lowe

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    :werd: I've been on 20mg 2x daily for about 3 months now. Noticed in the paperwork Kaiser gave me, that fluoxetine is also used prescribed as an appetite suppressant. I've gone from around 200lbs to 185-190 since I started taking it. :cool:

    Dunno about the other ones though.
     
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  5. Dr. Feel Good

    Dr. Feel Good Yeah Baby This is All Part of a Routine Check up,

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    Generally the weight gain is associated with fluid retention, in rare cases it has been shown that certain drugs can slow down the bodys metabolism.
     
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    i don't want that!
     
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    S10XtremeNLow Active Member

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    Its Lexapro
     
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    lexapro and its parent drug celexa can certainly cause weight gain, and are notorious for giving people night terrors/nightmares.
     
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    My eating habbits didnt change but when I started taking Paxil, I packed on 40 lbs or so in about 6-8 months. I hit they gym but struggled to lose weight which had always been easy for me before. I quit which was a nightmare, Im still trying to lose the extra weight and I seem to be weaker than ever despite my diet and routine. :wtc:
     
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    S10XtremeNLow Active Member

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    what is lexapro's cause of weight gain though? i'm watching my weight very carefully, and if it starts to stay the same or rise (i've been loosing for quite some time now) then i'm getting off it.
     
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    the jury is out as to the exact cause of weight gain in patients who take SSRI's and SNRI but some theories include ...increased appetite, may cause drops in basal metabolism, hormonal changes....
     
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    PuppyCat O.T. Mom

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    I gained 40 pounds on Luvox. Stopped taking that and was put on Remeron--I became a walking eating machine...so, I took up running and don't keep fat food in the house. It's a constant "be depressed" or "be fat" battle. (Water or the Wave).

    Neither side appears to be winning.
     
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    Zaffir OT Supporter

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    OT knows a lot more about antidepressants than i thought.
     
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    Zaffir OT Supporter

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    Yeah, it's kinda disturbing.
     
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    spoofy Chemically Enhanced

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    i take zoloft as well. It causes some serious food cravings that are hard to ignore. oddly enough it went away with a higher dose. :dunno:
     
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    Our depression "epidemic" isn't going to cause more depressed children. Evolution doesn't work like that. I go to the gym a lot and eat healthy, but that doesn't mean my son will be naturally athletic. If i take drugs to make my dick 12" long, my son isn't going to be born with a third leg.

    I feel like shit most of the time, I do all the "right" things - eat right, exercise, sleep well, etc. - but still feel like crap. "Think positive" worked for a while; i'd get over whatever i was upset about and life was dandy. But that stopped making me feel better and i got sick of lying to myself - I wasn't getting any happier, things still sucked as much as they always had. I have a feeling this is all caused by a fundamental problem in my life, something that needs to be fixed. I wonder how many people are the same and just take the "easy" way out by popping pills?

    Of course that's all speculation. When/if that problem is ever fixed i'll know if I am right, or if my head is fucked up.

    Fun fact: an hour of exercise three times a week is shown to have about the same effect on people as mild antidepressants.

    P.S. go psychology/sociology then :wiggle:
     
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    I'm like a woman on a "heavy" PMS day in the gym, i vary from feeling awesome to being pissed off to not caring at all, all within my workout. About 80% of the time i feel a LOT better afterwords though. Anytime i take a break from the gym for a week or so i just about go insane.

    I'm doing nothing other than the standard eat well, excercise, sleep, etc. and trying to fix what i think is making me depressed.

    I'll start popping pills if that doesn't work. Some people really do have a serious disorder, but i dont think that's my problem. At least i hope it isn't.
     
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