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Prozac (fluoxetine) weight fluctuation common? Expected to lose weight.

Prozac (fluoxetine) weight fluctuation common? Expected to lose weight.

Not very common: Prozac (fluoxetine) is supposed to be weight neutral. I have seen people gain and lose weight on it, but I suspect the weight change is from changes in their depressive symptoms. Remember, depression can cause changes in appetite either lowering or increasing, so if you're getting better, appetite should move toward normal. ...Read more

Dr. Milton Alvis, jr
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Many people resolve to lose weight in the New Year for different reasons. For those who are overweight or obese, there are many health benefits to losing weight. It can help decrease your chances of developing diseases including diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, osteoarthritis, and even certain types of cancer. Low-calorie diets combined with increased physical activity are thought to be most effective long term. The healthiest weight loss regimen, therefore, is one that consists of making lifestyle changes that incorporate a balanced diet ...Read more


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Is it possible to lose weight while on seroquel and prozac? I've lost 8 pounds but can't seem to lose any more weight. I am 180 lbs.

Is it possible to lose weight while on seroquel and prozac? I've lost 8 pounds but can't seem to lose any more weight. I am 180 lbs.

Possible but varies: Nutrition choices, fitness plan, self-discipline, motivation and good sleep have impact on weight and general health for anyone including those on medication that may cause weight gain. For most weight is manageable. Others may need med change. Must weigh med benefit with med side effect. Work with prescriber to find plan that works for you. Seek a virtual consult. Best regards for good health. ...Read more

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50mgpaxil for 18 years last dose was dec.6th switched over to Prozac 60mg to lose weight, lost six pounds, should I go back on paxil, feeling depressed?

50mgpaxil for 18 years last dose was dec.6th switched over to Prozac 60mg to lose weight, lost six pounds, should I go back on paxil, feeling depressed?

Try higher dose.: You should report the med response to the doctor who prescribed the med. Prozac can be raised to 80 mg/day. You can take this dose for 1-2 months. If you don't notice an improvement in your mood, then talk to him or her about switching back to Paxil. ...Read more

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I have bad constant weight gain as a result of Prozac for GAD. Diet & exercise doesn't work. Doc said taking Lactobacillus Gasseri will help lose weight?

I have bad constant weight gain as a result of Prozac for GAD. Diet & exercise doesn't work. Doc said taking Lactobacillus Gasseri will help lose weight?

Maybe: Preliminary data include:
http://www. Sciencedirect. Com/science/article/pii/S0882401012001106

Ultimately, staying on a drug or not is a decision you should make with the help of the prescriber based upon your response thus far and the observed risks. ...Read more

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Is it normal to lose weight after taking symbyax (fluoxetine and olanzapine) for eight years?

Is it normal to lose weight after taking symbyax (fluoxetine and olanzapine) for eight years?

Symbiax: Combination of prozac/zyprexa in short run can cause weight gain, depending on the dose. However, I have several patients on the medication for several months that told me they have maintained their wt. Or lost some, when their moods have been stable for some time, while they maintain healthy life-style changes. ...Read more

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Do people who take Prozac (fluoxetine) tend to lose a lot of weight?

Do people who take Prozac (fluoxetine) tend to lose a lot of weight?

People Lose A Little: Patients tend to lose about one pound compared to people who are on placebo who gain a little bit each year. This is why Prozac (fluoxetine) is acceptable (and is also effective) for patients with bulimia.
http://www. Accessdata.fda.gov/drugsatfda_docs/label/2003/018936s064lbl. Pdf. ...Read more

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Will I lose all the weight I've gained once I get off prozac (fluoxetine)?

Will I lose all the weight I've gained once I get off prozac (fluoxetine)?

Maybe.: Weight loss on medications or off is about lifestyle change. Any medication can contribute to weight gain in any particular person. The question is have you made changes that will help you reach your goals? ...Read more

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I am 180 pounds and 5'7. I want to lose 30 pounds. But I am on seroquel and prozac. When will I lose this weight? I workout and eat right

I am 180 pounds and 5'7. I want to lose 30 pounds. But I am on seroquel and prozac. When will I lose this weight? I workout and eat right

Weight gain s/e?: Both Seroquel and Prozac have weight gain as possible side effects. If you're eating healthy and working out, suggest you talk to prescribing doctor about slowly lowering dose of one or both meds, or considering alternative med which may be less likely to cause weight gain. You should also see your pcp to make sure there are no underlying medical causes for weight gain. I hope this helps. ...Read more

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Why can prozac (fluoxetine) cause weight gain? Always been skinny until I started it for panic/gad. Now on 40 a day it causes extreme weight gain & fail to lose it.

Why can prozac (fluoxetine) cause weight gain? Always been skinny until I started it for panic/gad. Now on 40 a day it causes extreme weight gain & fail to lose it.

Discuss with doctor: Hi, it isn't always clear if this is due to the medication, the nature of the illness, or if people eat more when they begin to feel better. If the benefits of taking the medication outweigh the weight gain, then consider making lifestyle changes (e.g., increased exercise and dietary management) to offset the side effect. Adjusting dose or changing meds might help. Hope this is helpful. Take care ...Read more

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Had Gastric Bypass. Always been a slow loser. On Prozac (fluoxetine). Can Prozac (fluoxetine) cause me to lose weight slower than those not on it who had weight loss surgery?

Had Gastric Bypass. Always been a slow loser. On Prozac (fluoxetine). Can Prozac (fluoxetine) cause me to lose weight slower than those not on it who had weight loss surgery?

Could be.: Prozac (fluoxetine) could cause weight gain all by itself. Perhaps it's thwarting your efforts. Contrave is a weight loss pill that contains an anti depressant (WellButrin) - might be a good choice to switch to from Prozac (fluoxetine). ...Read more

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Can you tell me how long to lose weigh after prozac (fluoxetine)?

Can you tell me how long to lose weigh after prozac (fluoxetine)?

Diet and exercise.: The usual way: dieting and exercise. You need to stay on a low carbohydrate diet and exercise. ...Read more

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Hi, I have been taking dinnentel for a week along with Prozac (fluoxetine). I do not have any side effects and have not lost any weight. Could Prozac (fluoxetine) be interferin?

Hi, I have been taking dinnentel for a week along with Prozac (fluoxetine). I do not have any side effects and have not lost any weight. Could Prozac (fluoxetine) be interferin?

Possible: Prozac (fluoxetine) can cause weight gain in a small percentage of patients. Weight gain is usually gradual, dose-related and reversible if med is stopped. Review any weight gain since starting Prozac (fluoxetine) with your prescribing doctor and discuss alternatives less likely to cause weight gain. Meantime improve your diet and increase exercise. Good luck. ...Read more

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Will Prozac (fluoxetine) make you gain weight?

Will Prozac (fluoxetine) make you gain weight?

Not necessarily.: Some people gain weight on prozac (fluoxetine). Some people lose weight on prozac (fluoxetine). There is no significant change in weight for many people who use prozac (fluoxetine). ...Read more

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Does Prozac make you gain weight by simply taking it, like “out of thin air”?

Prozac side effect?: An uncommon side effect of Prozac is gradual weight gain. If you have been gaining weight since starting this med with no other explanation for the weight gain, tell prescribing doc and discuss lowering dose or alternative meds. Weight gain as a side effect is reversible when Prozac is stopped. Do eat as healthy as you can and exercise daily. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Prozac (fluoxetine) seems to have killed my appetite. How long will this last and will I drop weight?

How Long Has It Been: Most of the side effects will resolve after a month. You can certainly lose some weight in that period of time. ...Read more

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How long is it supposed to it take for weight gained from taking Prozac (fluoxetine) for 3 months to come off?

That depends on you.: The rate that you gained the weight does not effect the rate that you lose it. It will take a combination of physical activity and healthy food choices to start taking off the excess weight. Remember that it is 3, 500 calories per pound. To lose weight, your calories burned must exceed your calories consumed. Drink 8 - 8 ounces glasses of water per day. Good luck. ...Read more

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Is weight gain common while on prozac (fluoxetine)?

Is weight gain common while on prozac (fluoxetine)?

Yes: Not so much initially, but over time it can cause weight gain like so many other antidepressants. Some have even lost wight on it at first - but later it can promote tiredness, decreased libido, insomnia, and weight gain. This can be confusing as it contrasts with its initial effects. ...Read more

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Could Prozac (fluoxetine) be the cause of my weight gain?

Could Prozac (fluoxetine) be the cause of my weight gain?

Maybe: Weight gain is listed as a possible side effect, but weight loss is listed too. Depression itself can also cause weight loss or weight gain. ...Read more

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Will using Prozac (fluoxetine) cause me to have weight gain?

Will using Prozac (fluoxetine) cause me to have weight gain?

Weight gain: Is a side effect of all the Antidepressant drugs. If you are able to exercise and eat healthy, many times, weight gain can be avoided. ...Read more

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I've been taking cipralex for almost a year now, but I gained a lot of weight as a result, can I switch to Prozac (fluoxetine) or what shall I do better for me?

I've been taking cipralex for almost a year now, but I gained a lot of weight as a result, can I switch to Prozac (fluoxetine) or what shall I do better for me?

This needs to be: Discussed with your prescribing psychiatrist/ medical provider. If you are remaining in the ssri class - Lexapro (escitalopram) can sometimes be the most weight neutral (but there are never any guarantees). ...Read more

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How can Prozac (fluoxetine) cause weight gain?

Side effect: Of the medication. In most cases the weight gain is minimal. ...Read more

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How often could Prozac (fluoxetine) cause weight gain?

Infrequently: I can't give you exact statistics but more people don't gain weight than do. But if you are one who craves sweets, ice cream and chocolates on prozac, (fluoxetine) talk to your doc about an alternative drug. Gaining weight rarely helps depression, does it? ...Read more

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Can somebody tell me how can Prozac (fluoxetine) cause weight gain?

Usually: Usually medications don't cause weight gain they cause increased appetite. Sometimes with antidepressants, depression causes appetite loss, so when you take antidepressants and start feeling better you start eating more and then blame it on the medicine. ...Read more

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Used Prozac (fluoxetine) for 4 months. Gained 20% more weight, still no weightloss now I have stopped for 2 months. Side effect? If so, when Will it disappear?

Not a side effect: Weight gain is not a typical side effect of Prozac (fluoxetine); and weight loss is not a sure outcome of Prozac (fluoxetine) treatment. DO NOT use food for gratification purposes, and you will be able to better control your weight. Being hungry is NOT A TORTURE – it is a biologically necessary state. ...Read more

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I have had a cough for the past 3 days and its starting to get worse, and now I'm losing my voice. I'm on prozac (fluoxetine). What can I take to make it better?

I have had a cough for the past 3 days and its starting to get worse, and now I'm losing my voice. I'm on prozac (fluoxetine). What can I take to make it better?

Over the counter med: Since it is only 3 days old, you likely have a viral illness. This can also cause laryngitis. Stay hydrated, try a humidifier to keep mucus thin. Some over the counter cough medicines can help. If you are not getting better after 7-10 days from start, then you should see your doctor--or if there is triouble breathing, high fevers, or you feel much sicker than a regular viral illness. ...Read more

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Has Prozac (fluoxetine) caused excessive hunger or weight gain?

Has Prozac (fluoxetine) caused excessive hunger or weight gain?

It can: I am not sure about hunger, but weight gain is listed as one of the side effects, so it's possible. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Fluoxetine (Definition)

Fluoxetine (brand prozac) is an antidepressant in the class known as serotonin selective reuptake inhibitors aka ssris. Fda approved in 1987 for the treatment of major depressive disorder. Subsequently approved for obsessive compulsive disorder, bulimia nervosa, panic disorder, and premenstrual dysphoric disorder. Significantly safer and much better ...Read more


Dr. Alan Ali
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Prozac (Definition)

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