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Does Lexapro Increase Appetite Or Slow Metabolism
Can the use of Lexapro (escitalopram) (15mg) affect cognitive functioning and cause mental slowness?
Yes it can:
These are definitely possible side effects of Lexapro (escitalopram). A more complete list can be found at the following website:
http://www. Rxlist. Com/lexapro-side-effects-drug-center. Htm
Now, riddle me this....I'm curious as to why you chose tag words of "below average IQ." ...Read more
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) 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
Often a bad diet:
Eat foods that are nutrient dense (like meat, fish, poultry, eggs, cheese, low starch vegatables and water) avoid foods that are not nutrient dense (like starches and sugars, including fruit)
nutrient dense foods will increase your basal metabolic rate. On the other hand, starches and sugars impair thyroid metabolism via affects on your liver (which helps activate thyroid hormone). ...Read more
Metabolism is not usually as simple as a needle on a dial. Are you underweight, overweight, or normal? Do you eat a little or a lot relative to your acquaintances?
It's very laborious and complex to measure your metabolism. If there are any issues, at least have your thyroid checked. ...Read more
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I have suffered bulimia on and off for years. Now I have slow metabolism, is this damaging my system?
Bulima=med problems: Bulima can definitely damage your health. You should get a physical and psychiatric evaluation and treatment plan ...Read more
Slow metabolism: That is hard to answer until we know a bit more about what you mean by "slow metabolism". Please add some information. ...Read more
Let's define problem: Doctors define constipation as stools less frequently than once every 3-4 days. Patients feel they are "constipated" when passing hard or small volume stool, or they feel full & bloated. Does your x-ray show you're not blocked? We don't know if your gut is sluggish or your rectum works correctly--these can be tested for (sitz marker study & anal manometry, respectively). See GI specialist please. ...Read more
Individualized: Exercise routines should be individualized based on your goals and limitations. Your best bet would be to work with a certified personal trainer to create a personalized regimen. But if your goal is weight loss, be aware, that it turns out for most, optimizing your diet - really caloric restriction - is key. But combined caloric restriction and exercise is best! ...Read more
What to do if I have a very slow metabolism and put on weight quick. What are some ways to speed it up?
^ met rate: Make sure that you don't eat like a bird. Some people eat very little to drop weight - but end up slowing their metabolic rate. Engage in regular aerobic activity. Building muscle mass will also help to burn more calories. Hydrate well. ...Read more
I am 26f very healthy. I am always cold! I have been loosing weight slowly. Could this be why? Or slow metabolism? I'm always cold I don't know why?
Check thyroid first: Helpful weight loss diets have natural foods that take time to chew but contain few calories. Examples include carrots, celery, and iceberg lettuce (little/no salad dressing). When shopping for fruits, buy small ones no bigger than a tennis ball, because fruits have sugar. Drinks without calories include water and green tea. A calorie is a calorie, but surely avoid sugar & simple starch calories. ...Read more
How high: A high level of TSH indicate thyroid deficiency and it should be treated. Thyroid deficiency does slow the metabolism and it is not a good thing. ...Read more
I really want to lose 30 pounds. I know that it involves a healthy diet and exercise but I have a very slow metabolism and am looking for some advice?
Slow metabolism?: You increase metabolism by exercising. You increase metabolism by having more muscle, which burns more calories at rest. You increase metabolism by avoiding starch and sugar and eating proteins and healthy fats, which must be metabolized in liver to sugar! Most overweight people I work with need a body composition study to determine their fat and lean mass. ...Read more
Slow Metabolism: M asks: How 2 solve slow metabolism. ANS: Changing ur metabolism is difficult. What you can change is the number of calories u eat and burn. I recommend getting & out. If you watt to lose weight eat less, burn more, If you want to gain weight eat more burn less. Simple in concept. Difficult in execution. Good luck. Keep us posted. Good book is ISBN 13: 978-1-43914-059-8. DASH Diet: perfect 4 most. ...Read more
2 diff responses: Overeating can actually stimulate a response from the brain that actually promotes overating. Aerobic exercise and resistance training both increase energy expenditure but this can also depend on intensity. Consuming a low calorie diet will decrease your metabolism so maintaining a nice balance of cardo and resisitance training will help in my opinion. Do not forget about proper rest and fluids. ...Read more
I have pcos also a slow metabolism what foods can I eat or herbs I can take to balance it out correctly?
35yr old and I have no energy to get through the day. I have a slow metabolism, I gain weight fast... What kind of vitamins could help?
Vit. E for Exercise.: While lack of energy can be due to physical or mental exhaustion, it can signal depression for which you should seek help from a professional, sooner rather than later. In the meantime maintains healthier diet and regular exercise, preferably in a gymnasium with paid membership at least 4-5 times weekly would do wonders for you. ...Read more
Once you begin taking Synthroid are you obligated to it forever? Recently, I skipped my levothyroxin 100mcg for 5 days. Before being prescibed and since I have had a slow metabolism. It seems that the 5 day break gave my metabolism a jump-start. Could thi
Thyroid forever: If you have acquired hypothyroidism you can never naturally regain your ability to manufacture naturally the thyroid hormone. This may be the most common medical diagnosis in american medicine. And, it means that you will need to take a daily thyroid replacement for as long as you live. ...Read more
I smoked marijuana but only inhaled it twice and did hookah today, I have a urine test on tuesday. Will I be clean? I also have a slow metabolism
My doctor put me on citalopram and I put on about 25 pounds in a matter of two months. I read that the drug can slow metabolism. How can I lose weight?
Eat less and do more: Citalopram is not known for weight gain being a common side effect. It is possible that you were eating less before and now that your condition is being treated with citalopram you are able to eat more. Or you were more active before and now less active. Some people crave sweets when taking ssri's like citalopram. The only proven way to lose weight is to take in fewer calories than you expend. ...Read more
Instead of suppressing my appetite the 36 mg dose of concerta increases it. I have gained 30 lbs. Is this normal? I take Lexapro (escitalopram) as well
About to start Lexapro (escitalopram) for anxiety, but worried about weight gain. Is the gain typically due to increased appetite or chemical component in lexapro (escitalopram)?
Med wt gain blues...: Weight gain is associated with almost all antidepressants except bupropion (wellbutrin). The drug company likes to say Lexapro (escitalopram) is different, in my clinical experience, it's not. Gain is usually mild (under 10lbs). The mechanisms involved are not well established fluid retention may play a role. Solution: stay active, watch the carbs, and be accepting of a cpl lbs in order to be depression free. ...Read more
4th week on 30mg Mirtazepine/Remeron for OCD/Anxiety (Hated Lexapro) - finished CBT and can cope much better. Dislike increased weight again and appetite on this medication. Can I stop without tapering off? Only took for 4 weeks, don't see benefits.
Wouldn't: Don't stop medication without consulting the prescribing doctor. ...Read more
I started Lexapro (escitalopram) yesterday for 10mg per day. And I sweat a lot and lose appetite. Is that normal?
I'm taking Lexapro (escitalopram) 10mg and Trazadone 50mg and I notice that my appetite has decreased. Is there something else I can take that will not effect my eat?
After 3 weeks of Lexapro (escitalopram) 10mg, I still have no appetite and diahrrhea so I continue to lose weight. How long till this subsides?
Hi, it might take few weeks for side effect to go away, if you don't get better in 1-2 wks you might want to consult ur treating doctor to change ur medication.
Good luck. ...Read more
Its been about a month since being tapered out of lexapro w/ doctor help (I was feeling better for 6 months that's why) but now I have no appetite, why?
Talk w/ your Dr: Tell the Dr who's helping you with this. That's the best resource. It might not even be related, but an exam will help id what's going on. If you are otherwise still better, that's great! ...Read more
After restarting Lexapro which I stopped for a month I began to feel emotionally numb. I'm depersonalized and have no appetite. Brain infection?
Loss of appetite. Unusual tiredness weakness. Slow breathing. Slowness in reaction. Moody. Since I woke up this morning.
My appetite is gone. Force myself to eat. Stress? Remeron gave me an appetite but raised my triglycerides. Lexapro (escitalopram) makes nausea worse. What will help?
Get seen: I'm concerned you have a physical lesion obstructing your gut. Even if you don't, you need to find the reason. Sensible people -- even physicians -- don't buy "stress" as an easy answer. "eustress" is good -- it motivates you to excel. "distress" means you're helpless / feel helpless; if you're in an abusive situation, your physician can perhaps help u escape;are you so strung out you can't eat? ...Read more
Need an antidepressant that will help with constant nausea, lack of appetite & mild anxiety. Heard celexa and Lexapro (escitalopram) make you nauseated.?
One idea: Although I know nothing about your situation, perhaps Remeron (mirtazepine) would be a good medication for you and your physician to consider. I would also note that Celexa and Lexapro (escitalopram) don't have to make you suffer from nausea, especially if you start with a very low dose and only gradually, over weeks, increase the mg. ...Read more
I've been on Lexapro (escitalopram) for seven years at 10 mg recently increased to 15 how long will it take to work?
Hard to say: Could take up to 3 weeks. Remember though that the changes will be subtle at best. Keep in regular contact with your prescribing doctor and discuss your symptoms. ...Read more