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I am taking 20mgs lexapro (escitalopram). Will this make losing weight more difficult and my weight training less effective per workout ?

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Dr. Sara Stein
Functional Medicine

In brief: Carb cravings

Escitalopram (Lexapro) increase available serotonin in the brain - this can cause an increase in both hunger and cravings for carbohydrates.
In addition, antidepressant SSRI's like escitalopram can adversely influence lipid and carbohydrate metabolism, leading to weight gain. On the flip side, people who are anxiety and depression eaters may experience decrease appetite on meds, and lose weight.

In brief: Carb cravings

Escitalopram (Lexapro) increase available serotonin in the brain - this can cause an increase in both hunger and cravings for carbohydrates.
In addition, antidepressant SSRI's like escitalopram can adversely influence lipid and carbohydrate metabolism, leading to weight gain. On the flip side, people who are anxiety and depression eaters may experience decrease appetite on meds, and lose weight.
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Dr. Veronica Orick
Family Medicine

In brief: No

Lexapro (escitalopram) should not your weight or work - out

In brief: No

Lexapro (escitalopram) should not your weight or work - out
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