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Does Citalopram Cause Weight Gain
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
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
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
How would citalopram cause weight gain? Is it increased appetite or does it maybe slow the thyroid down or something like that?
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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