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Which anxiety medicines are the least likely to cause weight gain? I have generalized anxiety.

Which anxiety medicines are the least likely to cause weight gain? I have generalized anxiety.

Anxiety Medications: Commonly prescribed Anxiety Medications are Benzodiazepines, such as Ativan , Xanax (alprazolam) and Klonopin. Generally they do not cause weight gain. It is likely that weight gain is due to Stress eating and lack of exercise. Please see your family physician for diagnosis including stressors affecting your life, Psychotherapy, Medication, Yoga, and Meditation. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Anxiety (Definition)

Anxiety is a general term for several disorders that cause nervousness, fear, apprehension, and worrying. These disorders affect how we feel and behave, and they can manifest real physical symptoms. Mild anxiety is vague and unsettling, while severe anxiety can be extremely debilitating, having a serious ...Read more


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Can fluoxetine cause weight gain and is it a safe drug for anxiety?

Prozac (fluoxetine): Yes it is safe, & in some it can affect weight. ...Read more

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Help please! what drugs are good for anxiety and obsessive compulsive disorders that won't cause weight gain?

Help please! what drugs are good for anxiety and obsessive compulsive disorders that won't cause weight gain?

That's a tough one.: Bezodiazepines dont cause weight gain, work well but can be addicting so use cautiously. Hydroxyzine (vistaril) and Buspirone (buspar) are minimally effective & don't cause weight gain they deal mostly with anxiety & may help OCD some. The best meds long term are serotonergic or dual acting antidepressants (serotonergic/noradrenergic) for both anxiety and OCD but most can cause some weight gain. ...Read more

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Could you please reccomend some drugfor anxiety that does not cause weight gain.Remeron has caused considerable weight gain. Many Thanks?

Could you please reccomend some drugfor anxiety that does not cause weight gain.Remeron has caused considerable weight gain. Many Thanks?

Behavioral: modalities can be helpful. The docs who do conventional medication can help w/your specific question but beyond that consider things such as clinical hypnosis (www.asch.net), biofeedback, psychotherapy w/a pro who specializes in anxiety disorders. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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I suffer from anxiety and depression. What is the best medication to take that will not cause weight gain?

Meds: This is usually pretty individualized depeneding on symptoms, other meds taken, side effects etc. If you have atypical depression - wellbutrin (bupropion) can be very helpful. Ssri- are good for anxiety and classic depression. Lexapro is probably the most weight neutral of those. Discuss this with prescriber. Take care. ...Read more

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Are there any depression/anxiety meds that DO NOT cause weight gain ? How about any that can make you lose weight ?! I need to be happy and thin. Ha

Are there any depression/anxiety meds that DO NOT cause weight gain ? How about any that can make you lose weight ?! I need to be happy and thin. Ha

Depression: Before you consider any meds please set up a referral to a Psychologist who will evaluate you and help you. The psychologist may also refer you to a doctor regarding weight loss. ...Read more

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After stopping Cymbalta (duloxetine) 60mg my dr gave me 25mg zoloft for anxiety/ocd. Says it will not cause weight gain at this dosage. I gained on cymbalta (duloxetine)..?tx

After stopping Cymbalta (duloxetine) 60mg my dr gave me 25mg zoloft for anxiety/ocd.  Says it will not cause weight gain at this dosage.  I gained on cymbalta (duloxetine)..?tx

Weight Gain: I hope this works for you. Time will tell. I find my patients seem to eventually gain weight on these medications regardless of the dose. Wellbutrin (bupropion) is the only antidepressant that seems not to contribute to weight gain. However, this medication might be appropriate for you. I hope you will not be offended by my suggestion: Perhaps this could be a good time to increase your activity level. ...Read more

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What are good choices for antidepressants and anti anxiety meds that do not cause weight gain that I can discuss with my psychiatrist?

Lexapro (escitalopram) : Lexapro (escitalopram) is suppose to be weight neutral and is indicated for anxiety and depression. Well but run decreases your appetite and helps with depression. It is not as good for anxiety. ...Read more

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Will sertraline for anxiety cause weight gain?

Will sertraline for anxiety cause weight gain?

Zoloft (sertraline): Not likely, although rare cases are reported, at high dose. ...Read more

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Dr. Alan Ali
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Feeling Anxious (Definition)

different subjective and objective symptoms of anxiety. The ones usually first encountered are: rapid heart beats, increased breathing, hypervigilance, and rapid thinking. For a complete list and a thorough understanding of the how's and why's ...Read more


Dr. Michael Rothman
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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