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Doctor insights on: Anti Anxiety Medications That Cause Weight Loss

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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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Would I lose weight on sertraline anti anxiety pills?

Would I lose weight on sertraline anti anxiety pills?

Probably not: Sertraline does not guarantee weight loss although some patients would spontaneously lose weight due to the side effects of the medication or the treatment of an atypical depression. It is not common to see massive weight changes on sertraline and some patients would even gain weight on sertraline. I would talk more with your physician about these considerations in your treatment. Stay safe! ...Read more

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I am 48 yr old woman. On antidepressants and anti anxiety meds. Finding it extremely difficult to lose weight. Still get my period monthly.?

I am 48 yr old woman. On antidepressants and anti anxiety meds. Finding it extremely difficult to lose weight. Still get my period monthly.?

Medications: There are some medications that can cause weight changes as side effects. The hormonal changes can also contribute, the stress which can be part of depression anxiety symptoms.
Best will be to review meds with your psychiatrist, have a hormonal assay checked and watching diet and exercise.
I know it can be frustrating but can be done with effort and support.
Good luck. ...Read more

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Could excess and anxiety cause unexplained weight loss? I don't now what else it can be because I'm eating normally but keep losing weight.

Could excess and anxiety cause unexplained weight loss? I don't now what else it can be because I'm eating normally but keep losing weight.

It is not clear: What you mean by excess. Anxiety can cause weight loss, but if you were my client and you had a sudden weight loss with no other significant changes, I would encourage you to see your physician and check for other reasons. It could be a reaction to the mess or another illness. Check it out and let us know what you discover. ...Read more

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What anxiety medications aid with weight loss?

What anxiety medications aid with weight loss?

Exercise medication: Anxiety disorders can be treated with different classes of meds - safest in terms of low risk potential are probably the ssris but many of those can in fact cause weight gain. Wellbutrin (bupropion) is approved for depression - may or may not help for anxiety and may reduce weight a little. Cognitive-behavioral therapy directed at lifestye, exercise, stress reduction, etc is very effective, but takes work. ...Read more

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Will high anxiety cause weight loss even when eating normal or more then normal? No other symptoms.

Will high anxiety cause weight loss even when eating normal or more then normal? No other symptoms.

Yes.: High anxiety has many symptoms, such as constant worrying, increase in metabolism from the anxiety, agitation with increase in activity such as pacing, restlessness, and poor sleep. Make sure, though, that see your doctor to rule out a thyroid problem. ...Read more

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Does anxiety cause night sweats and weight loss?

Does anxiety cause night sweats and weight loss?

Anxiety?: Unlikely it can cause multiple symptoms, feeling dizzy, chest pain, shortness of breath, but not weight loss or night sweat. ...Read more

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Can anxiety really cause unexplained (and fairly rapid) weight loss? Doc says so but I've been fairly anxious my whole life and NEVER lost weight!

Can anxiety really cause unexplained (and fairly rapid) weight loss? Doc says so but I've been fairly anxious my whole life and NEVER lost weight!

Definitely,: Anxiety is state of tension, apprehension, worry, uneasiness or fear. It may be related to anticipated danger or arise for no apparent reason. While mild episodes of anxiety are common and do not usually require treatment, more severe forms can be chronic and debilitating. Symptoms of severe anxiety: insomnia, chest pain, shortness of breath, nausea, palpitations, tremors, weight loss, headache. ...Read more

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How effectively does Zoloft (sertraline) work for anxiety, insomnia and does it cause weight loss?

Zoloft (sertraline): Zoloft (sertraline) can be very effective for treating anxiety. Insomnia can occur occassionally as a side effect. When that happens, I usually recommend that it be taken in the morning. It can cause weight loss or gain (but weight gain is more common). ...Read more

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I'm thinking about taking garcinia cambogia weight loss pills. If I take anxiety medication will this pose an issue? (also take add medication)

I'm thinking about taking garcinia cambogia weight loss pills. If I take anxiety medication will this pose an issue? (also take add medication)

Questionable Value: Like many fads, garcinia cambogia recently highly promoted for sales but no well designed trials of efficacy exist. Suggest avoid "magical answers" ; study: big fat lies, mcgovern's report, the men who made us fat, mary enig, the men who made us thin, science for smart people, fatchance. Html, gary taubes, peter attia, dietdoctor. Com, robert lustig, loren cordain, stephen phinney, ; my answers. ...Read more

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Can anxiety cause 30 pounds of unintentional weight loss in 4 months and loss of appetite?

Possibly but. .: Severe untreated anxiety or mood disorders can cause significant weight loss but it's quite uncommon, especially when you are taking about 30lbs in 4 months. You need to see your doctor urgently to better evaluate you for other organic causes of which are many. I wouldn't delay this as you even if you don't have a more concerning organic cause of your symptoms then you need to addres your anxiety! ...Read more

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Is meridia a good drug for anxiety and weight loss I am 26 and 458 pounds and suffer from panic attacks an this is what's asking about being prescribed but is it safe

Is meridia a good drug for anxiety and weight loss I am 26 and 458 pounds and suffer from panic attacks an this is what's asking about being prescribed but is it safe

No,: No, it is not. Meridia (also known as sibutramine) is an appetite suppressant, a drug that was intended to help reduce weight in conjunction with calorie restricted diet and exercise. It was withdrawn from the market in the us and in many other countries because of the serious adverse effects on the cardiovascular system. The following quotation is from an article on sibutramine posted on the us national library of medicine website (link below): "sibutramine is no longer available in the U.S. The manufacturer has decided to stop producing sibutramine based on information from a recent clinical study. In this study, people taking sibutramine had an increased risk of cardiovascular events such as heart attack and stroke. If you are currently taking sibutramine, you should stop taking this medication and call your doctor to discuss switching to another treatment for weight loss or maintenance of weight loss.". ...Read more

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Can terrible anxiety and depression cause weight loss? I've lost around 4-5 kilos (91->86/87) been constantlz under anxiety for 2 months. Fear cancer.

Can terrible anxiety and depression cause weight loss? I've lost around 4-5 kilos (91->86/87) been constantlz under anxiety for 2 months. Fear cancer.

Absolutely: Both anxiety and depression can lead to rapid weight loss as a result of fear, preoccupation, and loss of appetite. However, you can never be certain about this until you visit you primary care doc and talk about your concerns. Be sure to mention any physical issues that may be leading you to fear cancer besides your weight loss. Go soon. Good luck. ...Read more

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Took 40 Prozac for 2yrs for anxiety/OCD. Stopped 8 months ago. Used to cause weight gain. If I start again any chance itll cause weight loss this time?

Depression/ OCD Trea: I commend you for your functioning without Prozac for 8 months.
Let Wise woman in you reflect at this time:
• Severity of Anxiety
• Severity of OCD
• Effect on your functioning in school, work, and relationships
• Concern about physical appearance
• Present weight, diet and daily exercise
See Psychiatrist for:
•Present Diagnosis
•Need for Prozac or another medication
•Therapy to cope with stresses ...Read more

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Can subconscious anxiety cause fast unintentional weight loss, arms achy and insomnia?

Can subconscious anxiety cause fast unintentional weight loss, arms achy and insomnia?

Anxiety: Any unexplained weight loss, especially if unintentional should be investigated further. You should visit your doctor and have a complete physical and work up to include a fasting glucose, Thyroid function tests and what ever other tests your physician feels are necessary for all of your clinical symptoms. ...Read more

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Can anxiety cause muscle twitches all over body? I am having severe anxiety. Anticonvulsant meds for weight loss.

Can anxiety cause muscle twitches all over body? I am having severe anxiety. Anticonvulsant meds for weight loss.

? medication rxtn: Depending on which medication you are taking, potential adverse reaction may explain your symptoms. But, would certainly wonder about other causes such as hyperthyroid or chemical/metabolic imbalances. Maybe due to the constellation of your symptoms, best to have a comprehensive visit with your doctor. ...Read more

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WBC has risen from 8.1 to 15.4 in under 6 months, what could cause this? I also have fatigue, anxiety, depression, weight loss and joint pain.

Many casues: Unfortunately the list of possible causes is HUGE. Best to see and discuss with your doctor possible causes, have thorough medical history and examination and then systematically attempt to prove/disprove possible causes. Sorry this is not more helpful. Best of luck with this. Dr R ...Read more

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What will hypnotherapy be used for other than smoking, weight loss and anxiety?

What will hypnotherapy be used for other than smoking, weight loss and anxiety?

Many uses: Hypnosis has been used for stress management, to minimize blood loss during surgical procedures, help individuals remember lost memories (not without significant controversy), and even to treat skin diseases. ...Read more

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Unexplained weight loss? Losing 30 pounds in a year span with no excerise or diet, is that normal? Could it be anxiety?

Yes, it could.: First, rule out physical. Depression or anxiety both have the shared symptom of unexplained and undesired weight loss or gain. Something in your system is working overtime. Of course, it can certainly be related to other health problems. If the undesired loss of weight is a function of an ongoing low-grade emotional problem, an adult may benefit from asking, "Is something 'eating away' at me? " ...Read more

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I have an anxiety disorder, should I be concerned about weight loss without trying to lose weight?

I have an anxiety disorder, should I be concerned about weight loss without trying to lose weight?

It depends: Whether you have anxiety or not, unintentional weight loss - especially a lot and if unnecessary for good bmi - is worth paying attention to. Depending on how you 'experience' concern, yes, be concerned. But, don't worry. Watch this, record it along w/ diet and behaviors, report it all to a doctor and have an examination if recommended. Relax, but take care. ...Read more

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Looking to lose weight through intermittent fasting and excercise, suffer from Generalised Anxiety and stress, seeking therapy for it soon. Will this affect weight loss potential drastically?

Stress: I think that it would be best to get helpful stress management therapy before embarking upon a somewhat intense weight reducing regimen. Removing stress and anxiety would enable you to deal with the fasting and exercise more efficiently. ...Read more

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How to help anxiety related vomiting? It is causing weight loss and I am quiet concerned?

How to help anxiety related vomiting? It is causing weight loss and I am quiet concerned?

Adress anxiety: If the vomting is related to anxiety then focus on treating anxiety. Standard treatment is meds like benzodiazepams, SSRI's & Buspar, (buspirone) but other treatments include counseling, meditation, exercise, yoga, a good B complex that includes the L-5-MTHF form of folate, magnesium (as glycinate or taurate), L-theanine & herbs like ashwagandha, rhodiola, tulsi & passionflower.Homeopathy & EFT can help-see comment: ...Read more

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Can sudden weight loss come from my anxiety?

Sometimes: When anxiety is associated with depression and worry there is usually some loss of appetite and weight loss. ...Read more

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I have been experiencing an increase in anxiety the past year. & I unintentionally lost 8 pounds in the past 5 months. Is this weight loss concerning?

Abnormal BMI?: Is your BMI lower than normal? (Use an online calculator). Are you eating poorly? Other illness symptoms? If yes (s), see your Dr for an exam. Otherwise, try not to worry about the 8lbs but do look for a good CBT therapist to learn how to deal w/ that anxiety. It will help w/ any eating issues too. It can help many parts of life! Best wishes! ...Read more

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I'm on venlafaxine 150mg for anxiety is ok to take Vida divina atom tablet to help wth weight loss? When I tKe them I get very jittery and can't sleep

I wouldn't: I just reviewed the ingredients - no wonder you get jittery & can't sleep after taking them. Some of these substances could considerably worsen your anxiety. ...Read more

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I am in search of a new med for my bipolar/anxiety...Tried several with weight gain issues. Are there any that are weight neutral or weight loss? Tx

Your Dr's job: Ideally, your doctor knows your overall health and is responsible for this search. Work together to find your best fit and ask for a CBT therapy referral to minimize drug needs. They all can have weight side effects, so you want the least of them possible. Also ask about diet/exercise plans - they'll help w/ all of your concerns. Best wishes! ...Read more

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Is garcinia cambogia really effective and safe as some people have claimed it to be? Does it help with depression and anxiety as well as weight loss?

Is garcinia cambogia really effective and safe as some people have claimed it to be? Does it help with depression and anxiety as well as weight loss?

Doesn't seem so: Garcnia cambogia is an ingredient in some herbal weight loss, appetite suppressant, and energy products. An analysis of data found a possible short-term weight loss effect (under 1 kilogram). But liver toxicity—led to one preparation being withdrawn from the market. Another controlled study showed it no better than placebo. There is nothing I can find that shows help for anxiety or depression. ...Read more

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I've been on lexapro (escitalopram) 10mg for 7 yrs for anxiety & gained 40lbs from it. I'm about to switch to Zoloft 25mg. Side effects from switching? Weight loss?

I've been on lexapro (escitalopram) 10mg for 7 yrs for anxiety & gained 40lbs from it. I'm about to switch to Zoloft 25mg. Side effects from switching? Weight loss?

Cross titration: Zoloft and Lexapro (escitalopram) are both metabolized by the same pathway. As such, a cross titration is usually recommended to avoid any adverse effects. As a side note, that's a pretty low dose of Zoloft -- so you might not achieve an adequate response. If this happens, don't hesitate to increase the dose (with your doctor of course). Hope that helps! ...Read more

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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


Anxiolytic (Definition)

Any medicine that makes a person less troubled by anxiety is "anxiolytic" ("lysis" is literally a loosening). The term is traditionally used for medicines but perhaps insight / behavioral treatments for anxiety or intervening in a crazy life situation (one of a physician's most helpful procedures) ...Read more