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Im on 12.5 mgs of Lexapro (escitalopram) but lately im very down again. Been on it 7 months..Afraid of side effects esp weight gain..Should i increase to 15 mgs ?

Im on 12.5 mgs of Lexapro (escitalopram) but lately im very down again. Been on it 7 months..Afraid of side effects esp weight gain..Should i increase to 15 mgs ?

Ask your doc: You should not change your medication dose without speaking with your doctor. 12.5mg is not a very high dose, and there is probably room for increasing the dose. Also, Lexapro (escitalopram) is not famous for causing weight gain, so that shouldn't be a worry. ...Read more

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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


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About to start Lexapro (escitalopram) 5mg. If I notice too much weight gain, will coming off allow me to reverse it? Metabolic effects wouldn't be permanent?

About to start Lexapro (escitalopram) 5mg. If I notice too much weight gain, will coming off allow me to reverse it? Metabolic effects wouldn't be permanent?

Not metabolic: Most weight gain due to medications is due to effects on appetite. Please repost & include the answer to your question given to you by the doctor who actually prescribed the Lexapro; or if you haven't asked your doctor, why not. ...Read more

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Is it possible that some of my weight gain is from 10mg lexapro (escitalopram)? I'm not usually the weight I am currently.

Is it possible that some of my weight gain is from 10mg lexapro (escitalopram)? I'm not usually the weight I am currently.

Yes: It is always possible that an ssri can cause weight gain, even those that have been deemed relatively weight neutral, like lexapro. With most of the ssri except Paxil (paroxetine) (which the company has claimed has some snri action as well since they pulled some old study data), the weight gain is something that starts after the patient has been on the drug for 6 months to a year. ...Read more

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How common is it to gain weight when taking Lexapro (escitalopram)? Does the weight gain stick with you if you are a healthy person who exercises?

How common is it to gain weight when taking Lexapro (escitalopram)?  Does the weight gain stick with you if you are a healthy person who exercises?

Lexapro (escitalopram) tends to: be pretty weight neutral in general. Per http://www.rxlist.com/lexapro-side-effects-drug-center.htm- "Patients treated with Lexapro (escitalopram) in controlled trials did not differ from placebo-treated patients with regard to clinically important change in body weight." ...Read more

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I've been adjusting my doses of Lexapro (escitalopram) the last few weeks (going up and down btw 20 and 5). Can his have caused weight gain and distection?

I've been adjusting my doses of Lexapro (escitalopram) the last few weeks (going up and down btw 20 and 5). Can his have caused weight gain and distection?

Not good practice.: You must follow your doctor's advice in how to take your medication so that you can reach a steady state which will then control the symptoms of depression. You can't go up and down as you want it because you will not get a stable blood level. Most likely the weight gain is still due to depression which can either increase or decrease your appetite.Please go back to your doctor to remedy this. ...Read more

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Does Lexapro (escitalopram) cause weight gain ?

Rarely: It would only rarely cause weight gain and if it follows the pattern of other ssris , with the exception of paxil, (paroxetine) the weight gain would start generally six months to a year into treatment. ...Read more

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Does 15 mg Lexapro (escitalopram) cause weight gain?

Does 15 mg Lexapro (escitalopram)  cause weight gain?

Neurotransmitters : This medication is reported as weight neutral. However while some patient report loss of appetite and weight loss some show weight gain. Mechanism might not be well understood and could be due to some indirect pathway of response to the therapy. Monitor weight closely with your physician. ...Read more

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Can Lexapro (escitalopram) generally cause weight gain?

Lexapro (escitalopram) and weight gain.: Lexapro (escitalopram) is generally considered to be one of the weight neutral ssris. However, there are a small percentage of people who will gain weight on long -term use with lexapro (escitalopram). ...Read more

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Does Lexapro 20 mg and Abilify (aripiprazole) 5 mg cause weight gain?

Lexapro Abilify (aripiprazole) + wt: Lexapro can cause weight gain. It is generally not an early effect. Ssri related weight gain tends to come on after six months to a year of use. However, Abilify (aripiprazole) can cause weight gain. Of the two that would indeed be the more likely culprit. Do not stop any of your medication without discussing it with your prescribing physician first. Best wishes. ...Read more

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10mg of Lexapro (escitalopram) cause weight gain? On it a month and noticed 8-9lbs gain. Gave up soda and friends say I lost weight but 2 scales say differently.

Lexapro (escitalopram): Lexapro (escitalopram) tends to be fairly weight neutral. Decreased appetite can occur. There is a possibility of weight loss or gain but 8 to 9 pound weight gain in a month is pretty high. if you haven't had a significant change in your eating behaviors - lexapro (escitalopram) may not be the cause. Are the scales accurate ones? ...Read more