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What antidepressant doesn't cause weight gain? The antidepressant I'm currently taking is making it hard to lose weight.

What antidepressant doesn't cause weight gain? The antidepressant I'm currently taking is making it hard to lose weight.

Tough question: Weight gain is a potential side effect of every antidepressant, although some are clearly worse offenders than others (mirtazapine, paroxetine are amongst the worst). Bupropion is probably the least likely to cause weight gain, and may cause some weight loss, however, antidepressants are not simply interchangeable. There are reasons we choose one over another. Talk to your doctor. ...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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How can I stop excessive sweating and weight gain on antidepressants? Thanks. Also, I am in australia and I don't think they prescribe wellburtin :(

How can I stop excessive sweating and weight gain on antidepressants? Thanks. Also, I am in australia and I don't think they prescribe wellburtin :(

Sweating: Excessive sweating or hyperhidrosis can be treated by your dermatologist. Treatments vary from topical solutions that block the sweat duct, to iontophoresis to Botox injections. Botox is very effective because it stops the sweating for up to 4 to 6 months but it is an expensive treatment. It may be cheaper for some people who have to replace their suits often because of excessive perspiration. ...Read more

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Does Buspar (buspirone) cause weight gain? I hear most antidepressants are weight neutral but I've gained with most! Thanks — agoraphobia/anxiety here

Does Buspar (buspirone) cause weight gain? I hear most antidepressants are weight neutral but I've gained with most! Thanks — agoraphobia/anxiety here

Buspar (buspirone): If Buspar (buspirone) has help with your depression you could still take it.

For your agoraphobia/anxiety you would be best to see a Psychiatrist and/or a Psychologist.

Agoraphobia and anxiety can be very troubling. ...Read more

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How long does it take to lose the weight I gained on antidepressants for the past three years.it's been 2 months that I stopped and still fat.

Need Diet & Exercise: While stopping certain antidepressants known for causing weight gain, should help prevent further weight gain, You will need to eat a healthy diet, exercise regularly, and get a good night sleep in order to lose weight. Plan out a weekly menu, make shopping list of menu, prepare your own meals, exercise 5 days/wk 30+minutes/day and get 7-9hrs of sleep per day. Set realistic expectations-Take Care ...Read more

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What is a medication that I can take to maintain my weight gained from the antidepressant mirtazapine?

What is a medication that I can take to maintain my weight gained from the antidepressant mirtazapine?

You can eat calorie: Rich healthy foods to maintain your weight gain — don't do it with drugs. Foods to help w healthy weight gain: almonds, cashews, pecans, sunflower seeds, flax seeds, walnuts, hummus, Avocados, granola, trail mix, dried fruits, extra virgin olive oil, canola oil & Smoothies (w added silken tofu). ...Read more

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Do people to gain weight while taking antidepressants?

Do people to gain weight while taking antidepressants?

Often: Unfortunately our society seems to be gaining weight regardless of exposure to antidepressants. Some antidepressants are more likely to be associated with weight gain than others, and not everyone who takes an antidepressant will gain weight as a result (approx. 25% do gain). ...Read more

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Is it true that antidepressants &/or statins cause weight gain?

Is it true that antidepressants &/or statins cause weight gain?

Anti-Depressants: One of the side effects of anti-depressants can be weight gain, I am not aware of this side effect with statins. Best wishes. ...Read more

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What antidepressants cause less weight gain?

What antidepressants cause less weight gain?

Wellbutrin (bupropion) ; weight: Wellbutrin, cymbalta, (duloxetine) Celexa, lexapro, proac. Your best bet with low libido would be one of the first two. Discuss with your psychiatrist. Best wishes. ...Read more

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I want to know names of antidepressants that cause less weight gain.

No such List: Many people gain weight once their depression is treated because being depressed made them eat less or not have good nutrition. All anti-depressin medications thus can 'cause' or 'allow' weight gain. Weight gain is a potential listed side effect of all anti-depression medications. ...Read more

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Can antidepressants cause weight gain?

Some do: Many do, but not all. Additionally, if depression caused loss of appetite, one might gain weight having improved. ...Read more

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Can antidepressants caused extreme weight gain?

Not extreme: Though many of the antidepressants can cause some weight gain, it is usually not extreme. In my experience, mirtazepine (remeron) is most likely to cause weight gain and venlafaxine (effexor) or Cymbalta (duloxetine) are least likely. ...Read more

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Why do all antidepressants (ssri's) cause severe weight gain and qt prolongation?

Why do all antidepressants (ssri's) cause severe weight gain and qt prolongation?

All?: That is a little of an exaggeration I feel although there are frequent side effects with most pharmacotherapies and your frustration with this is palpable. I would offer you the perspective that maybe not all antidepressants cause weight gain and some do not consistently prolong the qtc interval. In fact, there is some research to suggest that bupropion causes shortening of the qtc interval. ...Read more

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Do some antidepressants caused extreme weight gain?

Do some antidepressants caused extreme weight gain?

Most do, about 25%: Most antidepressants have some risk (about 25% chance) to gain about 10 pounds. How to manage? Monitor your weight and report to psychiatrist. If marked cravings, consider a switch of antidepressant. One group from mit/harvard suggested that a small dose of "carbs" can decrease the cravings due to the serotonin effect of antidepressants. Might try snacks of pretzels, popcorn, rice cracker. ...Read more

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Can changing antidepressants and doses cause weight gain? Will this level out?

Can changing antidepressants and doses cause weight gain? Will this level out?

See that you: Are on both Lexapro and wellbutrin (bupropion). Lexapro is usually pretty weight neutral and weight loss is not uncommon with wellbutrin (bupropion). ...Read more

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I want to know what name of antidepressants can cause less weight gain (due to slower metabolism).

Antidepressants & wt: In studies of SSRIs, these can be wt neutral, or, there may be a small amt of wt gain. (Not clearly d/t direct effects on metabolism.) in fact, some pt's gain wt on anti-depressants because during a bout of depression, they've lost their appetite, which they simply regain when treated. Wellbutrin (bupropion) is anti-depressant associated with modest wt loss. Talk with your doc to select the right med for you. ...Read more

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Looking to get on an antidepressant. Out of the ssri family which one has been known to not cause weight gain?

All might: Especially in long (>6mths) term use all have been known to, but Wellbutrin, Effexor (venlafaxine) and Serzone are less so and Zoloft is a bit less than the most reported — Paxil is the worst by reports. CBT therapy has no side effects and can help you minimize or avoid drugs — consider it as an adjunct so you can avoid long term use. Best! ...Read more

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Is amtripiline the antidepressant known to cause weight gain and does it help for sleep spelling is a little off sorry?

Is amtripiline the antidepressant known to cause weight gain and does it help for sleep spelling is a little off sorry?

Amitriptyine: Yes, it is an antidepressant with possible side effects of weight gain and sedation. It does help sleep at night. ...Read more

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Can all tricyclic antidepressants cause bloating and weight gain?

Can all tricyclic antidepressants cause bloating and weight gain?

BASICALLY YES: Tricyclic antidepressants are so named for the three benzene rings that form the basic structure. The differences have to do with the side chains. So they can all have very similar traits as far as benefits and side effects. Some second generation tricyclics may have less side effects as they are the metabolites and may have fewer issues than the parent compound like Elavil and pamelor (nortriptyline). ...Read more

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How many mg of Wellbutrin (bupropion) is used in conjunction with antidepressants to stop weight gain?

How many mg of Wellbutrin (bupropion) is used in conjunction with antidepressants to stop weight gain?

Totally depends: On which other antidepressants are used, who the patient is — ie what other medical problems and medications she is on — and maybe even the style of the physician. The final answer goes to whatever dose is written on the prescription bottle provided to the patient. You don't want to mess with Wellbutrin (bupropion). It's pretty powerful. Also, have to consider whether it is in the XL form or not. ...Read more

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Is their any antidepressant that won't cause weight gain or affect heart rhythm/blood pressure?

Yes, possibly: But there are also individual responses to consider. Wellbutrin (bupropion) is a possibility that comes to mind, but it will not help anxiety. (you list anxiety on your other information). Lexapro is relatively weight-neutral also, and does not affect bp, etc. ...Read more

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Psychologist wants me to take antidepressant. What can I take that won't cause weight gain?

Meds and weight gain: Hi Shirley, about 25% or so of patients taking an antidepressant will gain weight. Although not always effective, the same things that help control weight under other circumstances are also useful when on antidepressants....healthy diet and exercise. Increasing your daily exercise may not only stave off weight gain, but has also been proven to be of benefit in managing depression. More below.... ...Read more

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Can antidepressants and anti anxiety meds cause extreme fatigue and weight gain?

Can antidepressants and anti anxiety meds cause extreme fatigue and weight gain?

Yes: Some of these medications are more prone to these side effects than others. Consult with your physician to select medications that minimize this risk. ...Read more

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I have bipolar depression. I take liithium and have for 20 years. What antidepressant is safe and no weight gain?

Some thoughts: There are no guarantees about weight gain with any meds. Wellbutrin (bupropion) is good for atypical depressive symptoms & is associated with weight loss for some. Lexpro is a ssri which is the generally considered the most weight neutral of it's class. Use of lithium would be likely to help protect against flipping into mania or hypomania. Ultimately the best med is a decision for you & your psychiatrist. ...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?

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 supposed 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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I suffer from pmdd. How often would I have to take contraceptive or antidepressants? Weeks prior to period or on a constant basis?Don't want weight gain

There was a time: When antidepressant medications were recommended intermittently in conjunction with time prior to period. However, at this point — we recommend continual use of antidepressant. Any contraceptive use would also be taken as normally directed. The need for continual antidepressants is even more important since you suffer from anxiety ; depression as well. ...Read more

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What antidepressants work best for trouble falling asleep im on remeron (mirtazapine) 45mg but takes three hours to fall asleep and 70 pound weight gain on this?

What antidepressants work best for trouble falling asleep im on remeron (mirtazapine) 45mg but takes three hours to fall asleep and 70 pound weight gain on this?

Trazadone: Trazadone is fairly safe. It tends to make one sleepy. The work up for insomnia and depression should come first. People with bipolar disase can have problems with antidepressants started without or before mood stabilizers. Make sure you are dealing with the correct diagnosis. ...Read more

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