Why do medications used to treat depression cause weight gain?

Block h2 recepters. Simply causes carbohydrate craving.
Craving for food. Most anti deppressents cause weight gain, the exact mechanism is not clear. It could be due to decrease in deppressive symptoms, increased cravings for carbohydrates, increased appetite and changes in some receptor activity in the brain/appetite center which could make you crave for food. Also there could be a genetic component involved as some patients tend to have more weight gain than others.

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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?

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.

Can depression cause weight gain then major weight loss and alopecia?

Depression. Depression can cause weight gain and loss, but alopecia not a common sign of depression.

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.

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.