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A 31-year-old male asked:

Does the anti depressant dosulepin lower your metabolism , ? will healthy eating & exercise allow weight loss on this anti depressant ?

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Dr. Vance Harris
Family Medicine 38 years experience
No goofy diets: Taking those meds wont keep you from losing weight. It always comes down to the balance of calories in and calories worked off. Try to avoid goofy diets and instead change lifestyle. Limit carbs and fast foods, try whole foods and vegies. No snacking and avoid fast foods. Work at lifestyle changes not goofy diets.
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Weight Loss: Dosulepin is a tricyclic antidepressant which is used in some countries. Tricyclics are sometimes associated with a decrease in basal metabolic rate as well as potential increases in appetite & carbohydrate craving. REF: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1635794/ Although this doesn't mean you can't lose weight, there is a possibility it could hinder your weight loss plans.
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Last updated May 2, 2019


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