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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Losing Weight (Definition)

Many people resolve to lose weight in the New Year for different reasons. For those who are overweight or obese, there are many health benefits to losing weight. It can help decrease your chances of developing diseases including diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, osteoarthritis, and even certain types of cancer. Low-calorie diets combined with increased physical activity are thought to be most effective long term. The healthiest weight loss regimen, therefore, is one that consists of making lifestyle changes that incorporate a balanced diet ...Read more


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Can cymbalta (duloxetine) cause weight loss?

Can cymbalta (duloxetine) cause weight loss?

Weight gain: All antidepressants can cause weight gain as part of their side-effect profile. In the case of Cymbalta (duloxetine) it's uncommon. ...Read more

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Does Effexor (venlafaxine) XR cause weight loss or weight gain?

Does Effexor (venlafaxine) XR cause weight loss or weight gain?

Yes: All of the ssri cause weigh gain...Sorry but it is true. The drug companies say no but the expérience says yes! ...Read more

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Weight loss tips?

Weight loss tips?

Another Tip: Moderate activity will maintain health. Walk 30+ minutes a day to stay active ; lift light weights! ...Read more

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Does fluoxetine cause weight gain or weight loss?

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Does fluoxetine cause weight gain or weight loss?

Prozac (fluoxetine): It originally was introduced as being weight neutral, but there are exceptional cases where we see weight changes either up or down. ...Read more

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Does quitting remeron (mirtazapine) cause weight loss?

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Does quitting remeron (mirtazapine) cause weight loss?

Remeron (mirtazapine): Some, but definitely u won't gain more weight. ...Read more

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Can amitryptiline cause weight gain?

Can amitryptiline cause weight gain?

Yes...: weight gain is a potential side effect from use of amitriptyline. If this is occurring with a current prescription , please discuss with your provider to discuss options. Be well. ...Read more

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Confusion about weight loss diets?

Confusion about weight loss diets?

Balanced diet: Weight loss needs caloric restriction and incease in physical activity. Eat plenty of fresh vegetables, fruits and whole grain preprations in moderations, reduce fat, especilly saturated fat intake and increase physical activity. There is no magic diet, find one that you can stick to, is balanced. And low in calories. ...Read more

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Temazepam cause weight gain?

Temazepam cause weight gain?

Not particularly: But it has other side effects that may affect a person's weight in variable patterns. Some patients do get nauseated which may decrease your caloric intake and cause some mild weight loss. Some patients, not frequently, sleep eat, and this may cause increased caloric intake and mild weight gain. ...Read more

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Can taking topamax (topiramate) cause weight loss?

Can taking topamax (topiramate) cause weight loss?

Yes: It has been studied as part of a weight loss combination pill. Can definitely cause weight loss as a side effect. ...Read more

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Does cymbalta (duloxetine) cause weight gain?

Does cymbalta (duloxetine) cause weight gain?

Weightgain: Weight gain is listed as one of the side effects of Cymbalta (duloxetine). Consult with your physician to address weight gain and if it is related directly to your medications. ...Read more

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Can wellbutrin (bupropion) cause weight loss?

Can wellbutrin (bupropion) cause weight loss?

Not necessarily.: As a medication for anxiety and depression, it's not supposed to cause weight gain, at least not more than placebo, where some medications for such can cause significant weight gain. That being said, it shouldn't actively make you lose weight. ...Read more

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Can Lexapro (escitalopram) stall weight loss?

Can Lexapro (escitalopram) stall weight loss?

Maybe: It's possible that your medication is making it harder to lose weight. Discuss with your doctor you may need to switch medications. Consider working with a nutritionist. If you do not get regular exercise, check with your doctor to make sure it is safe to start an exercise program. If you get the green light get started right away, you will feel better and the weight should start coming off. ...Read more

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Will endep (amitriptyline hydrochloride) cause weight gain?

It can: Some patients experience an appetite increase with it. Weight gains depends upon what you eat if you experience an increase in appetite. ...Read more

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Can Paxil (paroxetine) cause weight loss?

Can Paxil (paroxetine) cause weight loss?

Not usual side effec: This is not a usual side effect. However if there are other adverse reactions ( which are not common) such as diarrhea, nausea, hyponatremia and others , these could result in weight loss. Also depression often brings about diminished appetite which of course leads to weight loss. The bottom line is that you want to work closely with your doctor and monitor any changes that you are going through. ...Read more

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Does Alli weight loss work?

Does Alli weight loss work?

Not too well: Alli is not well tolerated. Many people get cramps, gas, or diarrhea. Actually better to simply avoid high fat foods and focus on veggies, protein, grains, and fruits. ...Read more

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Can antidepressants stunt weight loss?

Can antidepressants stunt weight loss?

No: But various psychotropic medications can stimulate increased food intake in some people. Depressed people often lose weight, which may cease if their depression is treated effectively. ...Read more

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Does Abilify (aripiprazole) cause weight gain or loss?

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Does Abilify (aripiprazole) cause weight gain or loss?

Some: Abilify (aripiprazole) is in a class of medications known to cause weight gain and sometimes diabetes and high cholesterol. Abilify (aripiprazole) itself is less likely to cause this than many others, but the risk is still there. ...Read more

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Does weight loss shakes (such as rapid weight loss diet and weight loss shakes) effect my birth control pills?

Does weight loss shakes (such as rapid weight loss diet and weight loss shakes) effect my birth control pills?

Stress: If you try to change metabolism quickly, your body gets stressed out, and your hormones follow. Aim for one or two pounds per week, slow and steady wins the race, you can download a food diary on my webpage www.Familyhealth.Pro. ...Read more

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Can taking amitriptyline 200mg daily prevent a person from losing weight?

Can taking amitriptyline 200mg daily prevent a person from losing weight?

Yes: Elavil (amitriptyline) (ami...) can cause wt gain by causing dry mouth, sedation and calming which seem to encourage wt gain. Discuss with your md about alternate choices. You can still loose wt if you adjust your diet but it is more difficult. ...Read more

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Scared of lymphoma. No swollen nodes per dr. Lost 15lbs in 1.5 months because of no appetite. Doc says it was dep/anxiety. On amitriptyline 10mg, appetite is back, not gaining/losing weight, lymphoma?

Scared of lymphoma. No swollen nodes per dr. Lost 15lbs in 1.5 months because of no appetite. Doc says it was dep/anxiety. On amitriptyline 10mg, appetite is back, not gaining/losing weight, lymphoma?

Diagnosing: I believe in doing a complete history and physical exam. Getting an impression. Then a plan. First a diagnostic plan which includes blood tests, x-rays , ct if i think it is necessary. Your physician knows you and perhaps she is aware that you have depression and anxiety. Hopefully you tell her about your diet and exercise. Perhaps that is why you are prescribed amitryptyline. Never assume. ...Read more

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How long after i stop taking elavil and seroquel (quetiapine) will i start losing weight?

How long after i stop taking elavil and seroquel (quetiapine) will i start losing weight?

This varies from : Person to person. The medical model of weight loss = calories consumed - calories lost through rest and activity is giving way to a new model that takes into account the intestinal micro biome which represents all of the gut flora in your body. I would recommend reading belly fat effect by mike mutzel. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Lymphoma? Had diarrhea and no appetite x4weeks lost 10lb. Doc put me on amitriptyline 10mg. Thought anxiety and depression. Appetite is back. No more weight loss, no gain either. Intestinal lymphoma?

Lymphoma? Had diarrhea and no appetite x4weeks lost 10lb. Doc put me on amitriptyline 10mg. Thought anxiety and depression. Appetite is back. No more weight loss, no gain either. Intestinal lymphoma?

Doubtful: It is doubtful that you have an intestinal lymphoma. The main thing is that your weight has stabilized. Your doctor was probably correct his diagnosis of depression and anxiety as both of those can cause the symptoms that led to your weight loss. Overtime your weight will likely return unless of course you diet. Keep in touch with your family doctor if you develop any further symptoms so that you could be evaluated further if necessary.The likelihood of an intestinal lymphoma is exceedingly low. Enjoy your holidays. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Is memory loss a side effect of elavil (amitriptyline)?

Is memory loss a side effect of elavil (amitriptyline)?

Possible: And this side effect is listed within the PDR records, due to its intense anti-cholinergic side effects. ...Read more

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Taken off of Depakote for migraines, due to hair loss. Put on amitriptyline 25mg for 3 months now, could this be causing hair loss as well.

Taken off of Depakote for migraines, due to hair loss. Put on amitriptyline 25mg for 3 months now, could this be causing hair loss as well.

Unlikely: there may be another cause of hair loss. ask your dr to do general review: physical, labs (including thyroid) and be sure othier things are okay. ...Read more

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Amitriptyline & Gabapentin for 15wks + physio.Cervical MRI = loss of lordosis & osteophyte C5-C6.My shoulder is still painful. What else can I do?

Amitriptyline & Gabapentin for 15wks + physio.Cervical MRI = loss of lordosis & osteophyte C5-C6.My shoulder is still painful. What else can I do?

Neurosurgeon opinion: This opinion will give you the best answer. The problem appears to be the osteophyte and may reflect pressure on a nerve. It does not necessarily follow that this is the cause but may be a cause. The physiotherapy and meds are a conservative way of treatment. Has the pain gotten better? If so can you live with what you have? See the doc Best to you. ...Read more

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10mg elavil (amitriptyline) for sleep/migraines. Have telogen effluvium from it. Doc switched to doxepin. Wont this cousin still cause hair loss?

10mg elavil (amitriptyline) for sleep/migraines. Have telogen effluvium from it. Doc switched to doxepin. Wont this cousin still cause hair loss?

Hair loss: Causes of hair loss include hormonal issues, local infection, trauma eg from hard hair brushes / hot air blow drying / dyes & chemicals, severe illness (during and months after), poor diet, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, etc. On very rare occasions ordinary medications may be involved, when used at high doses. OTC Biotin, Vitamin D & E, Omega oils orally and Minoxidil lotion topically may help. ...Read more

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Hi, I want to come off mirtazepine and go back on amitriptyline due to weight gain. I can't see my Drfor ages. Please can you advise?

NEED DOCTOR: This is a problem because you will need a doctor to help the shift. Cannot advise without knowing the doses etc. Best to go slowly whatever you do. ...Read more

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Will endep (amitriptyline hydrochloride) cause weight gain?

It can: Some patients experience an appetite increase with it. Weight gains depends upon what you eat if you experience an increase in appetite. ...Read more

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Amitriptyline 25 mg once a day for migraines a lot? can this cause weight gain??

Amitriptyline 25 mg once a day for migraines a lot? can this cause weight gain??

No: Not a high dose. At this dose - would be surprised if you had weight gain (but no promises). ...Read more

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Why does elavil or amitriptyline make you gain weight?

Antihistamine: The antihistamine effect of Amitriptyline is what stimulates appetite and ultimately leads to weight gain (also causes sleepiness). This class of tricyclic antidepressants (called tertiary amines) tends to have stronger antihistamine effect. The secondary amines like nortriptyline and desiprimine have less of the antihistamine effect. ...Read more

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Do you gain weight because you take amitriptyline or because it makes you hungry and you eat?

Do you gain weight because you take amitriptyline or because it makes you hungry and you eat?

Carbohydrate craving: Many pts say they crave sweets but some pts lose wt due to depression & then have a rebound when they recover & regain their appetites. ...Read more

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I wrote on here about elavil (amitriptyline) the docs said its toxic at higher doses and whatch for weight gain why is it toxic and I have gained a lot weight why ?

Many medications: Have recommended doses. Taking more than that dose could be an overdose. Taking less than that dose could be ineffective. Some people gain weight with Effexor (venlafaxine) and some people lose weight. Some have no significant change in their weight. Research suggests that weight gain appears to be dose related. ...Read more

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Hi, I have been taking amitriptyline for nearly 2 years 20mg per day and have piled the weight on. I have dieted, exercised nothing helps, help!

Hi, I have been taking amitriptyline for nearly 2 years 20mg per day and have piled the weight on. I have dieted, exercised nothing helps, help!

Common: If I knew what you were taking it for it might be easier to ask your doctor to write a Rx for Imiprimine (Tofranil) it has a lot less weight gain in my experience. If it's for sleep then its not going to be as good same for pain. There's many TCAs that are less likely to effect weight. Even if you switched to a SSRI OR SSNI Cymbulta is approved for neuropathic pain as well and it's a SNRI. ...Read more

Dr. Jan Lei Iwata
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Lose Weight (Definition)

Many people resolve to lose weight in the New Year for different reasons. For those who are overweight or obese, there are many health benefits to losing weight. It can help decrease your chances of developing diseases including diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, osteoarthritis, and even certain types of cancer. Low-calorie diets combined with increased physical activity are thought to be most effective long term. The healthiest weight loss regimen, therefore, is one that consists of making lifestyle changes that incorporate a balanced diet ...Read more


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Elavil (Definition)

Elavil is a tertiary amine tricyclic which is a kind of tricyclic type drug (serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibiting ...Read more