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I recently starting taking Depakote 250 mg twice a day & Prozac (fluoxetine) 20 mg once daily i hear Depakote causes severe weight gain & weight gain is also a side effect of prozac (fluoxetine). Is this true?

I recently starting taking Depakote 250 mg twice a day & Prozac (fluoxetine) 20 mg once daily i hear Depakote causes severe weight gain & weight gain is also a side effect of prozac (fluoxetine). Is this true?

Weight gain: Yes, Depakote can cause weight gain, and some people also gain weight w/prozac. Not all do, though. It will be important to make sure you're exercising regularly, and be wise with your meals -- healthy, whole, nutritious foods and much less in desserts, etc unless you really did exercise that day. The good news is that exercise in itself is a useful treatment for depression! good luck to you. ...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


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I am currently taking Prozac 20 mg and have been experiencing these side effects: I am currently taking Prozac 20 mg and have been experiencing these side effects: dizziness, weakness, weight gain, confusion, memory loss, and lately i'm always fatigued. I

I am currently taking Prozac 20 mg and have been experiencing these side effects: I am currently taking Prozac 20 mg and have been experiencing these side effects: dizziness, weakness, weight gain, confusion, memory loss, and lately i'm always fatigued. I

Possibly: I agree with dr. Wynn. I will add that it may also depend on how long you've been on this medicine. If it is a med that you recently started, then these side effects can be common. Often times the side effects can lessen or go away with time. ...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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How often could Prozac (fluoxetine) cause weight gain?

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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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

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

Usually: Usually medications dont 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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Does Prozac (fluoxetine) cause excessive hunger or weight gain in your child?

Unpredictable: Prozac or fluoxetine is an antidepressant that can also be used to treat anxiety, some eating disorders and other illnesseses. It can cause increased or decreased appetite. Also the underlying illnesses can increase or decrease appetite. If an appetite change does occur, it may change over time. ...Read more

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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

Dr. Marvin Ott
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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


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