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Abilify (aripiprazole) and weight gain?

Abilify (aripiprazole) and weight gain?

Possible: All meds in this class have been associated with some wt gain, but Abilify (aripiprazole) is the least likely. It tends to be gradual and can be prevented by attention to diet and exercise. Fear of wt gain shouldn't be cause for not getting appropriate treatment for psychiatric problems. A healthy person if more likely to be able to follow diet and exercise. ...Read more

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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


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Would i gain weight or lose weight while taking zoloft (sertraline)?

Would i gain weight or lose weight while taking zoloft (sertraline)?

Possibly gain but...: About 25% of those who take zoloft (sertraline) gain 10 pounds or more, but the good news is 75% don't. The benefits may well outweigh this risk; if you are among those who gain much you can always stop. But there are also alternative treatments including counseling, 5-htp, same, st john's wort ; homeopathy; consider seeing a holistic md or nd to explore all options. ...Read more

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Do people lose or gain weight on zoloft (sertraline)?

Do people lose or gain weight on zoloft (sertraline)?

Gain: There is more of a tendency to gain weight on zoloft (sertraline) (although some people have lost weight on it.). ...Read more

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Does Effexor (venlafaxine) XR cause weight loss or weight gain?

Does Effexor (venlafaxine) XR cause weight loss or weight gain?

Yes: All of the ssri cause weigh gain...Sorry but it is true. The drug companies say no but the expérience says yes! ...Read more

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Can i gain significant weight fromzoloft?

Can i gain significant weight fromzoloft?

Possibly: Most people who take zoloft don't gain much weight, if any. 5# in a year is fairly typical. Some people do gain substantial amounts though. The only antidepressant not associated with weight gain is wellbutrin (bupropion). ...Read more

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Do wellbutrin, Prozac and cymbalta (duloxetine) cause weight gain?

Do wellbutrin, Prozac and cymbalta (duloxetine) cause weight gain?

Sometimes: Wellbutrin does not generally cause weight gain (and is often used specifically because it doesn't), although rarely it might cause weight gain. Prozac is somewhat more likely than wellbutrin to cause weight gain, but again generally does not. Cymbalta (duloxetine) is probably about as likely as Prozac to cause weight gain, but again generally does not cause significant weight gain. ...Read more

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Appeton gain weight safe and effective?

Appeton gain weight safe and effective?

Why do you want to?: If you are a thin person and just want to gain weight, what you want is muscle not fat. The only weigh to increase muscle tone and/or mass is with weight (resistance) training. Otherwise the weight you gain will be fat. Not good! So be delighted that you are not a part of the obesity epidemic and go a gym and get toned muscles. If there is another reason that you wish to gain weight, ask again ...Read more

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Does Cymbalta cause weight gain. Also your thoughts on Effexor (venlafaxine). Don't want to gain weight and am currently on Wellburin.tx?

Does Cymbalta cause weight gain.  Also your thoughts on Effexor (venlafaxine).  Don't want to gain weight and am currently on Wellburin.tx?

Be careful!: Even non-pregnant people need to be very cautious combining Wellbutrin (bupropion) with either of those medications - seizure risk is increased as well as other risks. All anti-depressant seem to result in weight gain for some folk - even ones that cause loss in others. In your case - definitely work w/ your OBGYN to be safe. Try to find a diet plan that will be good for you, your baby and weight control. ...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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What causes weight gain with abilify (aripiprazole)?

What causes weight gain with abilify (aripiprazole)?

Not known: The exact mechanism as to how Abilify (aripiprazole) causes weight gain is not known and may vary from person to person. It could cause a lack of feeling full (lack of satiety) or cause an increase craving for sweets or food in general. The only way to combat it without taking another med is to limit your portion size and eat foods that are healthy for you. Also exercise. I wish i could give you more detail.. ...Read more

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Will you gain weight and muscle when taking cyprodine appetite enhancer?

Will you gain weight and muscle when taking cyprodine appetite enhancer?

Will: not gain muscle or weight with med. This will stimulate your appetite. You should always eat well balanced diet If you want to gain muscle increase your protein and exercise. That is the only way to build muscle. Talk to your doctor or a personal trainer to help reach your goals ...Read more

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Can Zoloft (sertraline) and risperdal make u gain weight?

Can Zoloft (sertraline) and risperdal make u gain weight?

YES, esp. Zoloft (sertraline): Up to 25% of those on Zoloft (sertraline) & similar drugs gain 10 lbs or more. Resperidal also can case weight gain but in only about 5% of patients. Try exercising more. Don't stop Zoloft (sertraline) on your own but there are safe and effective natural alternatives; see http://www.drweil.com/drw/u/QAA400880/Why-Do-Antidepressants-Cause-Weight-Gain.html & consider seeing a holistic MD to explore other options. ...Read more

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Can you mix Zoloft (sertraline) and weight loss pills?

Can you mix Zoloft (sertraline) and weight loss pills?

Zoloft (sertraline): I would not recommend that, due to excess stimulation effect (agitation, anxiety, etc.). ...Read more

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Does celexa (citalopram) make you gain weight or lose weight?

Does celexa (citalopram) make you gain weight or lose weight?

Can do both: The side effects for Celexa (citalopram) are reported as being associated with rapid weight gain, anorexia (weight loss), loss of appetite (weight loss), and so it can do both things in different people. You're 31 years old. You should be able to manifest some level of control by following good dietary practices and engaging in adequate exercise and you'll likely be just fine. Talk to your doctor. ...Read more

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Does fluoxetine cause weight gain or weight loss?

Does fluoxetine cause weight gain or weight loss?

Prozac (fluoxetine): It originally was introduced as being weight neutral, but there are exceptional cases where we see weight changes either up or down. ...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?

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?

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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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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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.

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

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About to start Lexapro (escitalopram) for anxiety, but worried about weight gain. Is the gain typically due to increased appetite or chemical component in lexapro (escitalopram)?

About to start Lexapro (escitalopram) for anxiety, but worried about weight gain. Is the gain typically due to increased appetite or chemical component in lexapro (escitalopram)?

Med wt gain blues...: Weight gain is associated with almost all antidepressants except bupropion (wellbutrin). The drug company likes to say Lexapro (escitalopram) is different, in my clinical experience, it's not. Gain is usually mild (under 10lbs). The mechanisms involved are not well established fluid retention may play a role. Solution: stay active, watch the carbs, and be accepting of a cpl lbs in order to be depression free. ...Read more

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I recently got proscribed Lexapro (escitalopram) for my anxiety, i was wondering if Lexapro (escitalopram) can cause segnificant weight gain?! And if so what I can do to stop it.

Switch meds : Lexapro can cause weight gain- some experience siginficant weight gain ~10lbs. If indicated, you can ask to be switched to a medication such as wellbutrin (bupropion) that does not cause weight gain (actually causes weight loss in some) . ...Read more

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I have been taking Lexapro 2yrs want to stop weight gain. Doctor says to do cold turkey is this ok?

Possibly: but I would tapper off little y little . being on Lexapro for 2 yrs you don't want to abruptly stop cold turkey could have negative consequences. So to minimize adverse effects tapper off little by little. consult you physician on this alternative. ...Read more

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Besides Lexapro and Effexor, what are the antianxiety meds the LEAST likely to cause weight gain? Lexa worked for a while and Effexor isn't helping.

Depends : Studies show SSRIs and SNRIs are more effective than buspirone and benzodiazepines in treating GAD, although the latter may cause less weight gain. I would recommend trying Lexapro again at a higher dose but if your anxiety symptoms are out of control speak with a psychiatrist to rule out bipolar disease and consider adding a small dose of ability and use strict low fat diet and exercise. ...Read more

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Does 10mg of Lexapro (escitalopram) cause weight gain? Gave up soda finally. Morning weight used to be around 184, now it's 193. I don't think I'm overeating

No soda? That's good: Congratulations on kicking soda - not easy for some, but good move for most. Yes, some people do gain weight on this and other serotonin related meds. A reason is that our gut has more serotonin receptors than our brain. You may have to eat differently not avoid it. More veggie/fruit, etc. Here's a link: http://www.livestrong.com/article/4932-need-gaining-weight-lexapro/ Best wishes! ...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?

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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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

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I have been prescribed Lexapro for depression. I know I need it, but find it hard to stay consistent because I always worry about weight gain and sexual problems. Do you find your patients gain a lot of weight and should I be concerned. I am constantly go

I have been prescribed Lexapro for depression. I know I need it, but find it hard to stay consistent because I always worry about weight gain and sexual problems. Do you find your patients gain a lot of weight and should I be concerned. I am constantly go

Safe to try: Lexapro (escitalopram) is a safe and effective antidepressant. Most patients do fine with virtually no side effects. However, weight gain though rare can occur. Don't panic since weight gain if at all is very gradual and reversible if med is stopped. If you find any weight gain that can't be explained by changes in your diet or exercise, tell your doctor to consider other meds less likely to cause weight gain. ...Read more

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Will wellbutrin (bupropion) Lexapro lithium or nefazodone cause weight gain?

Sometimes: The side effect profile for most mental health drugs indicate appetite and weight change. This is almost always a possibility. If you are prescribed these medications, discuss this concern with your doctor. ...Read more

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Can Lexapro (escitalopram) cause weight loss? I always thought it was more apt to cause weight gain. Thoughts?

Lexapro (escitalopram): It can go either way. Most times it is weight neutral, at therapeutic dose. ...Read more