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Could I have gained weight because of the antidepressant?

Could I have gained weight because of the antidepressant?

Which one?: In general, anything can happen with any patient and any medication. ...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?

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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I have gained a lot of weight on celexa (citalopram). Does that cause weight gain and how can I lose it?

I have gained a lot of weight on celexa (citalopram). Does that cause weight gain and how can I lose it?

It can happen: Weight gain is a possible side effect with celexa. You might talk to your physician about the possibility of changing from Celexa to it's sister drug- lexapro (escitalopram). It may be more weight neutral for you. But, the only way to get the extra weight off is the good old fashioned way: exercise and ensuring that calories burned exceeds caloric intake. Good luck. ...Read more

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Haven't eaten well since i was put on sertraline. How could weight gain be a side effect of sertraline when i don't even have an appetite?

Haven't eaten well since i was put on sertraline. How could weight gain be a side effect of sertraline when i don't even have an appetite?

Be patient : Early side effects to medication may not last beyond few weeks. People respond differently to medication, not 100% of people will gain or lose weight on a medication. Your doctor is best to know your condition and follow up on the issue then decide what is the best course of action to help you. ...Read more

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I know Depakote has a side effect of severe weight gain what is the percentage rate of people who have gained weight while taking it?

I know Depakote has a side effect of severe weight gain what is the percentage rate of people who have gained weight while taking it?

Dpk: I use departed a lot but probably less than I should due to weight gain. Most people don't gain weight on it, esp if they eat exactly the same on it than they ate off it. But my crude estimate would be 40% of people do. Sometimes those it is being used in are predisposed to the weight gain with little activity level or attention to food intake. 40% is my opinion, not from trials. ...Read more

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Could I have gained weight because of the birth control pill? I hear varying opinions about that.

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Could I have gained weight because of the birth control pill? I hear varying opinions about that.

Not usually: Most studies have shown that women do not gain weight by taking birth control pills. There is a definite belief this is not true among patients but reasonable studies have suggested otherwise. In the past, pills containing greater amounts of estrogen seemed to increase weight; whereas today's low dose pills do not seem to. Of course, any individual person can gain weight on any pill. ...Read more

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I am on paxii, and I have gained lots of weight sinc.I know this is a common side affect, but are there any other antidepressants that don't cause this?

I am on paxii, and I have gained lots of weight sinc.I know this is a common side affect, but are there any other antidepressants that don't cause this?

Less than paxil (paroxetine): You could try other ssris (viibryd (vilazodone hydrochloride) Lexapro Prozac etc) have to taper Paxil while starting new one to avoid discontinuance dx--paxil is stronger than most of them. ...Read more

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Since being placed on a low dose of bisoprolol I have gained 10lbs in weight which I am unable to shift by dieting.

Since being placed on a low dose of bisoprolol I have gained 10lbs in weight which I am unable to shift by dieting.

More info needed: Hi KFritz Bisoprolol can be a cause of weight gain and the weight gain can manifest via different mechanisms (water weight vs fat). But because weight gain is not a very specific side effect, I would recommend you consult with your doctor to decide if it is truly bisoprolol that is causing this and if a change in meds is warrented - depending on assessing risk/benefits of being on the medication. ...Read more

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I have been on different antipsychotics gained weight when off it i lose weight. i will be getting lapband to reduce intake what are side effects?

I have been on different antipsychotics gained weight when off it i lose weight. i will be getting lapband to reduce intake what are side effects?

There are many: The most common are nausea, vomiting, acid reflux, constipation and abdominal pain, but there are many others that are related to malfunction of the hardware(either the band or the attached port) or known complications of any laparoscopic surgery. Your best bet is to review your concerns with your respective surgeon. ...Read more

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I've been prescribed a course of Citalopram Hydrobromide. What are the chances of weight gain? I have lost over 160lbs & I really don't to gain weight

I've been prescribed a course of Citalopram Hydrobromide. What are the chances of weight gain? I have lost over 160lbs & I really don't to gain weight

Time Will Tell: This medication has a pretty good reputation for being weight "neutral", but there can be exceptions both ways. Dramatic increases in appetite and weight are very rare. Since most people need to take these medications long term, the key will be to monitor your weight over time. ...Read more

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I just learned i might have cervical cancer. Can this cause weight gain? I have gained lots of weight the last few months.

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I just learned i might have cervical cancer. Can this cause weight gain? I have gained lots of weight the last few months.

Cervical cancer: What do you mean by you might have? Did you have a biopsy that confirmed the diagnosis of cervical cancer? Weight gain can be caused by different things- like depression, hypothyroidism, edema/water retention due to different reasons, or simply increasing intake and being inactive can also increase your weight. Go to see pmd and get yourself checked and check your thyroid function. ...Read more

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I've gain weight more then usual for me. I'm also active but have been taking neuronton. Could the medication be the cause of the weight gain?

I've gain weight more then usual for me. I'm also active but have been taking neuronton. Could the medication be the cause of the weight gain?

Neurontin (gabapentin): One of the most reported side effects of Neurontin (gabapentin) second to sleepiness or lethargy/dizziness is weight gain. It is obviously not as immediate of a side effect, due to the others being fairly quick to notice. ...Read more

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Is it possible that some of my weight gain is from 10mg lexapro (escitalopram)? I'm not usually the weight I am currently.

Is it possible that some of my weight gain is from 10mg lexapro (escitalopram)? I'm not usually the weight I am currently.

Yes: It is always possible that an ssri can cause weight gain, even those that have been deemed relatively weight neutral, like lexapro. With most of the ssri except Paxil (paroxetine) (which the company has claimed has some snri action as well since they pulled some old study data), the weight gain is something that starts after the patient has been on the drug for 6 months to a year. ...Read more

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I have been taking fexofenadine tablets every day for the past 2 yrs, and i hv also gained some weight, could this be the reason of my weight gain?

I have been taking fexofenadine tablets every day for the past 2 yrs, and i hv also gained some weight, could this be the reason of my weight gain?

No: Some of the older antihistamines like periactin (cyproheptadine hydrochloride) can cause weight gain, but all of the newer ones like fexofenadine, zyrtec, claratin, etc do not cause weight gain. This is a common misconception. ...Read more

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I have gained a lot of weight with gastroparesis. How can I lose the weight?

I have gained a lot of weight with gastroparesis.  How can I lose the weight?

Weight gain: First thing would be to get the gastroparesis under control. Then, like with all weight loss plans, a sensible diet and exercise regimen may help. ...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 have a lot of weight gain in my stomach how can I lose this weight?And my stomach is real hard at the top what can be causing this?

I have a lot of weight gain in my stomach how can I lose this weight?And my stomach is real hard at the top what can be causing this?

Need evaluation.: See a doctor and review your history, get a careful evaluation. You will likley need further disgnostic studies such as blood work, perhaps x-rays or other imaging studies, maybe a biopsy or using a scope to check . Since the possibility could include cancer, it would be best to see the doctor soon. ...Read more