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Can taking Paxil (paroxetine) make you gain weight?

Can taking Paxil (paroxetine) make you gain weight?

Yes: Out of the ssri medications, Paxil (paroxetine) seems to be the one most common to contribute to weight gain (and this is on the fda adverse reaction list for this medication. Other ssris such as Prozac and zoloft (sertraline) do not have weight gain listed by fda as possible adverse reaction. Talk with your provider to consider alternatives if this concerns you. ...Read more

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Dr. Krishna Kumar
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Paroxetine (Definition)

Brand name paxil, (paroxetine) it's an ssri used for treating depression, anxiety, ocd, and several other conditions. It ...Read more


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My doctor prescribed me paxil (paroxetine). Does that make you gain weight?

My doctor prescribed me paxil (paroxetine). Does that make you gain weight?

Possibly Yes: Out of the ssri medications, Paxil (paroxetine) seems to be the one most common to contribute to weight gain (and this is on the fda adverse reaction list for this medication. Other ssris such as Prozac and zoloft (sertraline) do not have weight gain listed by fda as possible adverse reaction. Talk with your provider to consider alternatives if this possible weight gain concerns you. ...Read more

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Does Paxil (paroxetine) make you gain weight? And whst about pcos?

Does Paxil (paroxetine) make you gain weight? And whst about pcos?

Weight change + ?: Some report weight loss. Side effects vary with most antidepressants and yes, some report pcos. Research findings are inconsistent w/ respect to these effects but you need to discuss your experience with the doctor who prescribed. Do not stop w/out being monitored - it can be risky unless guided. Best wishes - hope this helps. http://www.ehealthme.com/ds/paxil/polycystic+ovarian+syndrome+(pcos). ...Read more

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Is it common to experience weight gain on paxil (paroxetine)?

Paxil (paroxetine): Yes, also depends on dosage & length of time being on it. ...Read more

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Can you please tell me the real life chances of weight gain on paxil (paroxetine)?

Can you please tell me the real life chances of weight gain on paxil (paroxetine)?

Very possible: While many antidepressants may list weight gain as a possible side effect, this can be due to many factors including improved appetite with the resolution of depression. However, many patients on Paxil (paroxetine) commonly have weight gain as a direct effect of the medications actions on histamine receptors. ...Read more

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How bad is the weight gain while on Paxil (paroxetine) for people with overweight?

How bad is the weight gain while on Paxil (paroxetine) for people with overweight?

Mild to moderate: Part of the weight gain is related to how much you eat. Some people do not gain weight but others do. If you are already overweight should be more vigilant to watch your weight. Eat balanced meals and follow a diet plan. As some moods improve, the pt may want to eat more. Be careful and best wishes. ...Read more

Paxil (Definition)

Paroxetine is a serotonin reuptake blocker which is a kind of ...Read more