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i am taking 20mgs lexapro (escitalopram). will this make losing weight more difficult and my weight training less effective per workout ?

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Dr. Veronica Orick
20 years experience Family Medicine
No: Lexapro (escitalopram) should not your weight or work - out
Answered on Sep 27, 2014
Dr. Sara Stein
32 years experience Functional Medicine
Carb cravings: Escitalopram (Lexapro) increase available serotonin in the brain - this can cause an increase in both hunger and cravings for carbohydrates. In addition, antidepressant SSRI's like escitalopram can adversely influence lipid and carbohydrate metabolism, leading to weight gain. On the flip side, people who are anxiety and depression eaters may experience decrease appetite on meds, and lose weight.
Answered on Sep 27, 2014

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