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Doctor insights on: Is Weight Gain A Normal Side Effect Of Paxil

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Dr. Tiffanie Noonan
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Side Effect (Definition)

In medicine, a side effect is an effect, whether therapeutic or adverse, that is secondary to the one intended; although the term is predominantly employed to describe adverse effects, it can also apply to beneficial, but unintended, consequences of the ...Read more


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Started taking Paxil (paroxetine) for severe panic attacks and IBS symptoms...Concerned about side effects and weight gain. Will i definitely gain weight on paxil (paroxetine)?

Started taking Paxil (paroxetine) for severe panic attacks and IBS symptoms...Concerned about side effects and weight gain. Will i definitely gain weight on paxil (paroxetine)?

Not to my knowledge: Though it is not listed as one of the primary side effects, it is certainly possible. I usually advise my patients that if they should notice that they are eating more due to a given medication, they should probably keep healthy snacks such as fruits and vegetables. No medication will make you want to eat chocolate or fried foods, the choice is yours. ...Read more

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How bad is the weight gain while on Paxil (paroxetine) for people with overweight?

How bad is the weight gain while on Paxil (paroxetine) for people with overweight?

Mild to moderate: Part of the weight gain is related to how much you eat. Some people do not gain weight but others do. If you are already overweight should be more vigilant to watch your weight. Eat balanced meals and follow a diet plan. As some moods improve, the pt may want to eat more. Be careful and best wishes. ...Read more

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Is it common to experience weight gain on paxil (paroxetine)?

Is it common to experience weight gain on paxil (paroxetine)?

Paxil (paroxetine): Yes, also depends on dosage & length of time being on it. ...Read more

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Can you please tell me the real life chances of weight gain on paxil (paroxetine)?

Very possible: While many antidepressants may list weight gain as a possible side effect, this can be due to many factors including improved appetite with the resolution of depression. However, many patients on Paxil (paroxetine) commonly have weight gain as a direct effect of the medications actions on histamine receptors. ...Read more

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I'm worried about weight gain on paxil (paroxetine). How do I prevent cortisol levels from rising?

A med change?: Paxil (paroxetine) and other ssris cause some folks to crave sweets, ice cream, etc. That's where the weight gain comes from. Controlling cortisol isn't the usual strategy. Talk to your doc about trying something other than an ssri assuming you are actually gaining weight on Paxil (paroxetine) (which most folks don't). If you're just worried about it but not gaining weight, you're in the majority and can quit worrying. ...Read more

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Having a hard time getting off Paxil (paroxetine) 10 mg. is there another drug I can transition to without weight gain? Harder withdrawl than klonopin. Suggestions

Having a hard time getting off Paxil (paroxetine) 10 mg. is there another drug I can transition to without weight gain? Harder withdrawl than klonopin. Suggestions

A couple suggestions: Are you actually looking to transition to another drug or are you trying to come off all together? You could try transitioning to citalopram which doesn't tend to be as difficult to stop as Paxil (paroxetine) but is related enough that you should still have some relief of your mental symptoms. Another one to consider transitioning to would be sertraline. Weight gain isn't that big an issue with either of those ...Read more

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I am stopping my Paxil (paroxetine) and ability because the weight gain is making me more depressed. What will just stopping these meds do?

I am stopping my Paxil (paroxetine) and ability because the weight gain is making me more depressed. What will just stopping these meds do?

Discontinuation Sx.: If you stop these medications suddenly, you risk relapse of symptoms. Also you risk discontinuation symptoms common with ssri's like paxil: muscle aches like getting the flu; anxiety; light-headedness; headache; fatigue; electric shock-like sensations; nausea; vomiting; insomnia; frightening dreams, etc. This may last longer than a few weeks. Please talk with your doctor before making any changes. ...Read more

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Working w docs but is there any other drug besides Paxil (paroxetine) that doesn't cause lots of weight gain and major constipation? I tried lexapro, not good.

Working w docs but is there any other drug besides Paxil (paroxetine) that doesn't cause lots of weight gain and major constipation? I tried lexapro, not good.

Bupropion: Bupropion or Wellbutrin (bupropion) is the antidepressant thought to be associated with less weight gain and, fortunately, fewer sexual side effects as well. In addition, an older class of anti-depressants, tricyclics including amitriptyline, do not typically cause weight gain. Finally, a less often used class of anti-depressants, MAO inhibitors, may be worth consideration. Work with your doctor. Good luck:) ...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


Dr. Krishna Kumar
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Paroxetine (Definition)

Brand name paxil, (paroxetine) it's an ssri used for treating depression, anxiety, ocd, and several other conditions. It ...Read more