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A 37-year-old female asked:

can quitting remeron (mirtazapine) cold turkey cause rapid weight loss? gained 30lbs on it.

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Dr. Alfredo Soto
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Not necessarily: It is always easier to gain weight than to lose it. However, if it was the medicine that caused the weight gain then some weight loss should happen shortly after stopping it.
Dr. Hindi Mermelstein
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Dont stop meds alone: Many medications can cause wieght gain directly (increased appetite) & indirectly based on often less well understood pathways. Don't stop meds "cold turkey", especially if not under doctor's care. Suddenly stopping most medications can cause discontinuation syndrome (in some cases even precipitate dangerous withdrawal) and can lead to relapse or even recurrence...( & no automatic weight loss).

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A 34-year-old member asked:

What is a good schedule of weight gain if I am pregnant with twins?

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Dr. Scott Kramer
Gynecology 36 years experience
35 pounds average: Weight gain for a woman at ideal body weight is approximately 25 pounds with a single baby and 35 pounds with twins. Less if you are overweight.
A 39-year-old member asked:

What is a normal weight gain pattern if I am pregnant with twins?

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Dr. Sheila Goodman
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
35-45 lbs total: Total weight gain is more important than the rate at which you gain. It is better if it is gradual but different for everyone. Numbers for weight gain are based on studies with best outcomes for mom and babies. Normal weight women should gain about 35-45#. If you're thin before pregnancy, it may be better to gain a little more. If you're overweight, gaining less weight is generally better.
A 44-year-old member asked:

Is excessive weight gain safe in pregnancy?

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Dr. R. Wayne Inzer
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
No: Of course it depends on how you define excess. Excess weight gain can increase chance of elevated blood pressure, gestational diabetes and large for gestational age infant. Gaining more than 40 lbs, frequently makes the slow metabolism of pregnancy a permanent thing, therefore, hard to get rid of the wt. Large infants more often result in c/s and shoulder dystocia, which can be dangerous.
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A 30-year-old member asked:

What is the average weight gain at 18 weeks pregnant?

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Dr. Padmavati Garvey
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Average or healthy?: I think the correct question might be what is a healthy weight gain at 18 weeks. This depends on your starting weight. If you are overweight, then you should eat extremely healthy, limit portions, plenty of vegetables, exercise everyday. If you do this you may not gain any weight until after 5 months which is ok since you are doing healthy activities that will not hurt the baby.
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A 36-year-old member asked:

Is there a disease that causes muscle weakness and weight loss?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Yes: Generalized muscle weakness is a sign of a significant illness (auto-immune or thyroid diseases are possibilities). Unintentional weight loss is another sign of a significant problem (cancer, thyroid problems, psychological issues, or auto-immune diseases are possibilities). A person with both symptoms should be at the doctor's office getting a full evaluation.

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