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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

Dr. Amrita Dosanjh
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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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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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How well does the drug vistaril (hydroxyzine) compare to other anti-anxiety pills?

How well does the drug vistaril (hydroxyzine) compare to other anti-anxiety pills?

Individuals differ: Vistaril (hydroxyzine) is an antihistamine with mild sedating and anxiety-relieving effects. It doesn't work the same as a benzodiazepine (valium, Ativan etc), but then it's not addictive either. Some people get a lot of relief from vistaril (hydroxyzine) and similar meds; some don't. Talk to your doctor about what works for you and what doesn't. There may be other options to explore. ...Read more

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Would not taking anti-depressants and anti-anxiety pills for 2 days cause any complications?

Would not taking anti-depressants and anti-anxiety pills for 2 days cause any complications?

Possibly: Without knowing which medications you are referring to, it is not possible to truly answer your question. In some instances it may cause problems and in others it will not. Contact your doctor's office to find out what to do if you miss a dose. ...Read more

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What to do if I have read the side affects of anti anxiety pills and I do not want to take them anymore is it bad if just take a sleeping pills instead?

What to do if I have read the side affects of anti anxiety pills and I do not want to take them anymore is it bad if just take a sleeping pills instead?

Not a good idea: The medicine works because of the consistent use of it in your bloodstream, that's how it keeps you calm. Everyone freaks out over side effects without giving the medicine a try. You might have none. I have taken medicine post surgery and had little to no side effects. Rethink this. Ask your doctor for any more questions. ...Read more

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Does antidepressants and anti-anxiety pills give people diabetes?

Maybe: Though there is no scientific and repeatable study directly linking these medications with diabetes, there have been studies that show a correlation for some people after long term use having an increased risk of having type 2 (adult onset) diabetes. More studies and research need to be done, but yes there is a connection, tenuous though it might be. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of anti depressant/anti anxiety pills or other medicine used for mental illnesses?

What are the side effects of anti depressant/anti anxiety pills or other medicine used for mental illnesses?

Side-effect: This response needs a whole book to write. Every group of medicines has its own side-effects. I can respond better if u would specify which medicine. ...Read more

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My son is taking ativan (lorazepam). 5 mg. Works ok but makes him lose weight. 25lbs in 6 1/2 months. This makes his anxiety go up. What other pill works like ati?

My son is taking ativan (lorazepam). 5 mg. Works ok but makes him lose weight. 25lbs in 6 1/2 months. This makes his anxiety go up. What other pill works like ati?

Chronic use Ativan (lorazepam): While this is a very common story, it is not good medicine to be on daily or chronic use of benzodiazepines. Ativan (lorazepam) is in this class of drugs.

It sounds like he is having negative effects from this and he should, in my opinion, stop the medication and get to his psychiatrist...Or choose a new mental health provider to discuss safer and more effective drugs to prevent anxiety ...Read more

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How to lose weight if I need my anxiety/dep. Pills and they cause weight gain? I need to lose but I don't want to lose vitamins/nutrients by dieting.

How to lose weight if I need my anxiety/dep. Pills and they cause weight gain? I need to lose but I don't want to lose vitamins/nutrients by dieting.

Nutritarian Diet: Dr. Joel fuhrman's nutritarian diet (http://bit. Ly/1dhw9ht) can help you lose weight while providing good nutrition. I advise all dieters to take a good multivitamin as well. Exercise will help lose weight & reduce anxiety. There are many good alternatives to drugs for anxiety/dep: counseling, meditation, eft, 5-htp, homeopathy, herbs, magnesium, b complex etc. A holistic practitioner can help. ...Read more

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I have no appetite what so ever. I'm beginning to lose weight. I also have anxiety/depression. Could this be the cause of the lose of appetite?

It could: Appetite and sleep disturbances are common with both anxiety and depression. They can also be side effects of the medications used to treat them, unfortunately. ...Read more

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Will I be able to cure my prehypertension if I exercise, eat healthy and lose weight regularly? . Positive answer will relieve me from anxiety.

Will I be able to cure my prehypertension if I exercise, eat healthy and lose weight regularly? . Positive answer will relieve me from anxiety.

Healthy BP: The positive lifestyle choices you mention can certainly help. Consider using a natural aged garlic product called Kyolic Formula 109. This is in capsule form and works well for many folks. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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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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I lost 4 kegs in aweek because of stress and anxiety, I can't control it and I think I'm underweight, it's the 3rd week to lose weight, what can I do?

Get professional: Help for your anxiety/ stress. Encourage you to see a psychiatrist or a psychologist. Talking therapy ranks really high. Cognitive behavioral therapy can be quite effective. Aim for daily exercise, 8 hours of sleep per night ; good nutrition with 5 servings of veggies ; 4 of fruit per day. Try tai chi, yoga, qi gong, progressive muscle relaxation, deep breathing exercises ; meditation. ...Read more

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Some reason I just have zero motivation to lose weight. Does my depression and anxiety have anything to do with this?

That is quite: Posibly a contributing cause. Increased appetite & weight gain can occur with atypical depression. Eating can also be a form of self -soothing for some people who are anxious or depression. It is not uncommon to have low motivation levels with depression. Take care. ...Read more

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I have bad anxiety right now because I'm trying to lose weight and have ocd, how can I start breathing normally when my anxiety acts up?

I have bad anxiety right now because I'm trying to lose weight and have ocd, how can I start breathing normally when my anxiety acts up?

Use deep breathing: Deep breathing. Inhale through the nose. Fill lungs (but not to point of discomfort). Hold for a five count. Slowly exhale through an open mouth. Repeat x 12. Moving your arms in a large circular motion can increase the size of the breath. ...Read more

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Been working hard to be healthy+lose weight. Doc just prescribed 10mgLexapro for anxiety &Im terrified it causes weight gain. Heard many stories abt it!

Been working hard to be healthy+lose weight. Doc just prescribed 10mgLexapro for anxiety &Im terrified it causes weight gain. Heard many stories abt it!

Meditation & yoga: Try them + likely safe chelated magnesium 5 days a week. Accept and deal wi reality. U r much better already. All drugs and supplements are poison, including the ones I recommend, be well, use as few as possible. HRS, MD, FACC www. Thepmc. Org ...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 can a female foodie with anxiety lose weight?

How can a female foodie with anxiety lose weight?

She might consider: Going to a 12 step program called over eater's anonymous - support, confidentiality, free ; it can be effective. There are a # of ways to address anxiety: cognitive behavioral therapy, behavior modification, individual psychotherapy, group psychotherapy, psychotropic medications, qi gong, tai chi, acupuncture, acupressure, homeopathy, meditation, yoga, exercise program or progressive muscle >. ...Read more

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Anxiety/stress make you lose weight, what to do?

Anxiety/stress make you lose weight, what to do?

Address the stress!: To address stress:
talk about feelings ; address problems. Don't avoid them. Aim for 7.5 - 8 hours of sleep/ night. Daily physical activity is optimal in a green space. Eat healthfully. Cut out junk carbs, caffeine ; alcohol (or moderate). Try qi gong, tai chi, acupuncture, acupressure, homeopathy, meditation, yoga, exercise program, deep breathing exercises or progressive muscle relaxation. ...Read more

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I have pcod, endometriosis, anxiety & depression. I don't comfort eat, snack between meals. What's the best way to lose weight?

I have pcod, endometriosis, anxiety & depression. I don't comfort eat, snack between meals. What's the best way to lose weight?

Diet and exercise: The same as with anyone else. Eat less and exercise more to burn off more calories than you take in. Talk to your doctor about possible use of metformin for the Insulin resistance, and to help w/weight loss. ...Read more

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I suffer from binge eating, compulsive hunger and anxiety. I became obese in 15 months. How to lose weight if my hunger is like an addiction?

I suffer from binge eating, compulsive hunger and anxiety. I became obese in 15 months. How to lose weight if my hunger is like an addiction?

Good habits.: Make a food diary of everything you eat for 2 weeks along with your anxiety level 1-5 and hunger. Drop 300-500 calories per day for one pound a week weight loss. Begin an exercise program 30 minutes of aerobic exercise 5-7 days a week with weight trainging 2-3 times per week. It isn't easy to eat while exercising. Also, reward yourself with a new outfit, an outing with friends, movie if doing well ...Read more

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Are there any depression/anxiety meds that DO NOT cause weight gain? How about any that can make you lose weight?! I need to be happy and thin. Ha

Are there any depression/anxiety meds that DO NOT cause weight gain? How about any that can make you lose weight?! I need to be happy and thin. Ha

Depression: Before you consider any meds please set up a referral to a Psychologist who will evaluate you and help you. The psychologist may also refer you to a doctor regarding weight loss. ...Read more

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How frequent anxiety attacks linked to testosterone levels in a 29 year old physically healthy male? Can't build muscle nor lose weight. Please advise

How frequent anxiety attacks linked to testosterone levels in a 29 year old physically healthy male? Can't build muscle nor lose weight. Please advise

Change your diet: Get off all the sodas and other sugary and caffeinated beverages to help with the anxiety. Exercise an hour a day. Talk to your doctor about the rest. ...Read more

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Will Lexapro effect my testosterone levels or metabolism? I am currently on Lexapro for anxiety and am wanting to lose weight and after that start gaining muscle. The only problem is I have heard that Lexapro can cause people to gain weight and can lower

Will Lexapro effect my testosterone levels or metabolism? I am currently on Lexapro for anxiety and am wanting to lose weight and after that start gaining muscle. The only problem is I have heard that Lexapro can cause people to gain weight and can lower

Lexapro (escitalopram): Lexapro (escitalopram) should not effect your testosterone level. However, Lexapro (escitalopram) is in the family of medications called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors. These medication can sometimes effect sexual function via the chemical nicotine synthetase which is found in the body.
Some people do gain weight when on selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors. Lexapro (escitalopram) is fairly weight neutral which means that although you could experience weight gain, that most people don't tend to gain or lose a lot of weight on it. Lexapro (escitalopram) use will not prevent you from gaining muscle mass. If you are concerned about body fat and muscle mass, the more important issues are your diet/nutrition, physical activity, adequate hydration and your degree of committment to a healthy life style, . The great thing is, that if you take good care of yourself it might help the condition you are using Lexapro (escitalopram) for. Regular sleep, physical activity, healthy food and making your health and wellbeing a priorty are all things that would positively impact depression, anxiety and a host of other conditions. ...Read more

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I've avoided taking my prescribed anxiety pills. I've found some natural pills from a good company that helps calm down when your anxious. Is this safer?

I've avoided taking my prescribed anxiety pills. I've found some natural pills from a good company that helps calm down when your anxious. Is this safer?

"Natural", huh?: "Natural" is nonsense. Malaria, Ebola, snake venom, toxic molds-all natural. You can practically bank on it: If the health hucksters promote it, it's probably UNPROVED, uncontrolled & worthless. Let me give you some drug wisdom: If it has no reported SIDE effects, it probably has no EFFECTS, either. Be skeptical. Think critically. Get some real KNOWLEDGE, not pseudoscientific claptrap. ...Read more

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Is Natrol stress and anxiety pills day/night good to take for stress and anxiety? It says its natural but not sure if its good to take

Is Natrol stress and anxiety pills day/night good to take for stress and anxiety? It says its natural but not sure if its good to take

No way to tell: Unfortunately, dietary supplements are regulated as foods (as opposed to drugs). As such, they are not required to undergo the same testing (or prove their claims to be true). Also, since no third party testing of their product is required - the ingredients listed don't even have to match what is in the bottle. Wish I had a better answer. .. Good luck! ...Read more

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Will depression or anxiety pills change you?

Psychotropic meds: Can be very beneficial. Ssri's can help to correct brain chemical deficiencies. If benzodiazapines are used for anxiety, they provide some symptomatic relief but don't change the underlying problem. Regardless of what medications are taken - talking therapy is crucial to making major change. Seeing a psychologist for cognitive behavioral therapy would be a good option. ...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


Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Anxiety (Definition)

Anxiety is a general term for several disorders that cause nervousness, fear, apprehension, and worrying. These disorders affect how we feel and behave, and they can manifest real physical symptoms. Mild anxiety is vague and unsettling, while severe anxiety can be extremely debilitating, having a serious ...Read more