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Doctor insights on: Why Do Medications Used To Treat Depression Cause Weight Gain

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Dr. Pamela Pappas
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Depression (Definition)

Depression is a mood disorder that can affect behavior and emotions. Symptoms of depression include feeling down most of the time, losing interest in previously enjoyable activities, increase or decrease in appetite or weight, sleeping more or less, becoming easily agitated or lethargic, feeling worthless, feeling guilty, having difficulty concentrating, thinking more about death and dying. Depression can sometimes result in suicidal thoughts and plans. In this case, emergent ...Read more


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I have the problem with depression years. Which medications will help me not cause weight gain and not mike me tired ?

I have the problem with depression years.  Which medications will help me not cause weight gain and not  mike me tired ?

Feeling Good: There are several types of depression. Reactive depression occurs as a result of loss and eventually we adjust. If one does not adjust or if the cause is not clear certainly seek professional help. "feeling good" by david burns is an excellent self-help book based on science. Don't let the thickness of it intimidate you. Take it bit by bit. The very best to you. Don't rely on medication only ...Read more

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I suffer from anxiety and depression. What is the best medication to take that will not cause weight gain?

I suffer from anxiety and depression.   What is the best medication to take that will not cause weight gain?

Meds: This is usually pretty individualized depeneding on symptoms, other meds taken, side effects etc. If you have atypical depression - wellbutrin (bupropion) can be very helpful. Ssri- are good for anxiety and classic depression. Lexapro is probably the most weight neutral of those. Discuss this with prescriber. Take care. ...Read more

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What's the best depression medication that won't cause weight gain or could cause low sex drive?

What's the best depression medication that won't cause weight gain or could cause low sex drive?

Wellbutrin (bupropion): Again, wellbutrin (bupropion) is a good antidepressant that's not likely to cause weight gain -- and it's also unassociated with sexual dysfunction. In fact some doctors have prescribed it along with other antidepressants in hopes of countering ssri-related sexual dysfunction. Watch the alcohol you're drinking for both of these potential effects, though. Discuss with your own physician. ...Read more

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I was just prescribed nortriptyline for my depression - will it cause weight gain?

I was just prescribed nortriptyline for my depression - will it cause weight gain?

It may: In particular, it can cause a craving for sweets. It is however an excellent antidepressant and many people have taken it without weight gain. If you happen to begin craving sweets then you must refrain from eating them. It is largely the eating of large amounts of carbohydrate calories that causes the weight gain with this antidepressant. If you can refrain, your weight should be fine. Make sure also that you exercise according to your tolerance. Best wishes for a happy and healthy holiday season. ...Read more

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Is it possible to loose 2kg weight per week healthily? will depression or anxiety cause weight gain?

Is it possible to loose 2kg weight per week healthily? will depression or anxiety cause weight gain?

Depression & Anxiety: can be a factor in unintentional weight gain or weight loss. Some folks are "stress eaters." Slow and steady is the best way to loose weight. Please see your doctor to make sure your health is ok for diet and to obtain a good food plan for you. Ask about low carb/higher protein food plan. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Help I need a depression pill that doesn't cause weight gain? And can also help fibromyalgia and OCD .

Help I need a depression pill that doesn't cause weight gain? And can also help fibromyalgia and OCD .

Talk to doctor: There are several newer medications that fit your criteria... Servile, Cymbalta (duloxetine) and Fetzima are all good choices. Talk to your doctor about which would be best for you. ...Read more

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How does lexamil cipla ( escitalopram) cause weight gain? And how long does it take to work help with anxiety and depression?

How does lexamil cipla ( escitalopram) cause weight gain? And how long does it take to work help with anxiety and depression?

Escitalopram: People respond to medication differently. Some will gain weight while others lose weight. The weight gain can be due to the medication slowing the metabolism and/or increasing your appetite. Changing your diet and regular exercise can be helpful. On average escitalopram can take 4-6 weeks to help with anxiety and depression. I have had some patients report that it started working sooner for them. ...Read more

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What class is pristiq (desvenlafaxine) in ssri's? And isnt pristiq (desvenlafaxine) a fairly new depression med.Nd can it cause weight gain?

What class is pristiq (desvenlafaxine) in ssri's? And isnt pristiq (desvenlafaxine) a fairly new depression med.Nd can it cause weight gain?

Pristiq (desvenlafaxine): In a nutshell, Pristiq (desvenlafaxine) is a revamped version of Effexor and Effexor xr, although the delivery system is different. Pristiq (desvenlafaxine) is a seretonin norephinepine reuptake inhibitor (snri). Of those in its class (remeron, cymbalta), Pristiq (desvenlafaxine) has not neen shown to cause weight gain. It also does does not interfere with sexual libido or ability to reach climax. Drawback is its discontinuation syndrome if stop s. ...Read more

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Are there any depression/anxiety meds that DO NOT cause weight gain ? How about any that can make you lose weight ?! I need to be happy and thin. Ha

Are there any depression/anxiety meds that DO NOT cause weight gain ? How about any that can make you lose weight ?! I need to be happy and thin. Ha

Depression: Before you consider any meds please set up a referral to a Psychologist who will evaluate you and help you. The psychologist may also refer you to a doctor regarding weight loss. ...Read more

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Can calcium supplements cause weight gain anxiety depression ?

Can calcium supplements cause weight gain anxiety depression ?

Calcium: Trying to research this - it appears that either too little or too much calcium may be associated with depressive symptoms. ...Read more

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I have been presc. Cymbalta (duloxetine) 60mg for anxiety and depression. I am afraid it will cause weight gain? I have BDD and am very self consious about wght?

Unlikely: Duloxetine has a small chance of weight gain, but most people don't get it. If you do get it, rest assured that the medicine can be stopped, or a counteracting medicine can be prescribed. ...Read more

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Can seroquel (quetiapine) make one feel sad depressed or scared? That's what i feel after i take it. Other options cause weight gain or akathisia. Feels like ptsd

Can seroquel (quetiapine) make one feel sad depressed or scared? That's what i feel after i take it. Other options cause weight gain or akathisia. Feels like ptsd

Seroquel (quetiapine).: According to drugs.Com possible side effects include: "psychiatric side effects have included psychosis, hallucinations, paranoid reactions, delusions, manic reaction, depersonalization, catatonic reaction, emotional lability, suicide attempt, and euphoria." please let your prescribing provider know right away if you believe you are experiencing mood changes with seroquel (quetiapine). ...Read more

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Is there a medication comparable to Abilify (aripiprazole) to treat bipolar disorder that doesn't cause weight gain?

Is there a medication comparable to Abilify (aripiprazole) to treat bipolar disorder that doesn't cause weight gain?

Potentially Yes: Ability does not cause weight gain with the same frequency as some other meds. There are similar meds that may be less likely to contribute to weight gain, such as saphris (asenapine) or geodon. There are is also another class of meds, the anticonvulsants, which are used fir bipolar disorder and which may not cause a problem with weight. Not everyone will experience the same side effects with the same med. ...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