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Why does celexa (citalopram) cause weight gain? I take 60mg and have not been eating any more than usual and keep gaining weight

Why does celexa (citalopram) cause weight gain? I take 60mg and have not been eating any more than usual and keep gaining weight

It's complicated: Celexa is actually more weight-neutral than other antidepressants like tricyclics, paxil, (paroxetine) or remeron. People vary in their responses, with some losing weight on it and others gaining. Weight gain on antidepressants may be connected with affinity for histamine receptors, as this increases hypothalamic amp kinase which stimulates orexin, an appetite-inducing hormone. http://tinyurl.com/kk53lup. ...Read more

Dr. Alan Ali
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Citalopram (Definition)

Citalopram is a ssri medication used to treat anxiety and depression disorders, it's also used to treat ptsd and ocd. It takes 4 to 6 weeks to be fully effective. Side effects; sedation, minor temporary stomach issues, delayed orgasm in males and rarely weight gain. It is ...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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How would citalopram cause weight gain? Is it increased appetite or does it maybe slow the thyroid down or something like that?

Not thyroid: It does not affect thyroid levels. All these centrally acting drugs have complicated effects on appetite, mood and behavior. ...Read more

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Is 10mg citalopram likely to cause weight gain?

Yes, it possible: Some people are sensitive to the weight gain side effects of Celexa (citalopram) even in small doses. Usually it is rare at this dose but not impossible. But before you do anything make sure the weight gain is related to celexa (citalopram). You could try the old method of controlling what you eat and exercise and see if you still gain weight, then you can talk to your psychiatrist looking for options. ...Read more

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Is it actually true that citalopram will cause weight gain?

Is it actually true that citalopram will cause weight gain?

Unlikely: Weight gain with citalopram is uncommon. When it does occur in the ssri class of drugs in general, it tends to start 6 months or more into treatment. The reasons for this are not known. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Does the medication celexa cause weight gain? I was on it for three years and now i'm prozac (fluoxetine). Could these two medications cause weight gain?

Does the medication celexa cause weight gain? I was on it for three years and now i'm prozac (fluoxetine). Could these two medications cause weight gain?

Yes: Although Celexa is labeled as weight neutral and Prozac (fluoxetine) is weight negative. I have actually seen weight gain as well sometimes with these meds. A lot depends on the patient their own personal reaction to medicines. Check with your doctor to see if another medicine would be better and less likely to cause weight gain for you. ...Read more

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Could stopping exercising cause weight gain?

Could stopping exercising cause weight gain?

Yes: Yes of course... If you stop exercising and take in more calories than you are expending( now that you have stopped aerobically exersising) than weight gain is a definite possibility ( unless u began dieting seriously @ similar time). Best of luck! ...Read more

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Can ecp cause weight gain?

Can ecp cause weight gain?

ECP: What do you mean by ECP? Emergency Contraception Pill? External Counterpulsation? Extracorporeal Photochemotherapy? Etc.? Just not sure what you mean. Please clarify meaning using words vice acronym and re-ask. ...Read more

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Weight Gain (Definition)

Weight gain is an increase in body weight. This can be a result of increases to muscle mass, increases in body fat, or increases in body fluids like water. Occasionally, weight gain can be a symptom of ...Read more


Dr. Alan Ali
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Celexa (Definition)

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