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Help please! what drugs are good for anxiety and obsessive compulsive disorders that won't cause weight gain?
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Dr. Donald Hazlett
Psychiatry
5 doctors agree
In brief: That's a tough one.
Bezodiazepines dont cause weight gain, work well but can be addicting so use cautiously.
Hydroxyzine (vistaril) and Buspirone (buspar) are minimally effective & don't cause weight gain they deal mostly with anxiety & may help OCD some. The best meds long term are serotonergic or dual acting antidepressants (serotonergic/noradrenergic) for both anxiety and OCD but most can cause some weight gain.

In brief: That's a tough one.
Bezodiazepines dont cause weight gain, work well but can be addicting so use cautiously.
Hydroxyzine (vistaril) and Buspirone (buspar) are minimally effective & don't cause weight gain they deal mostly with anxiety & may help OCD some. The best meds long term are serotonergic or dual acting antidepressants (serotonergic/noradrenergic) for both anxiety and OCD but most can cause some weight gain.
Dr. Donald Hazlett
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Dr. Richard Bunt
Agreed, Dr. Hazlett; but with 2 commentaries for Melly (so, 4 cents worth, I guess): 1) Benzos ONLY good for SHORT TERM TREATMENT - ONLY!!, and 2) wt gain can occur, but NOT MOST of the time w/SSRI’s, so don’t discard that option out of hand.
Dr. Bassam Amawi
Psychiatry
1 doctor agrees
In brief: As above ?
First there is no free lunch and second weight gain usually depends on what u eat , how much u eat and how much u exercise, eat fruit , vegetable , avoid junk food and excersize and most likely.
U will be ok . In addition u can talk with u prescribing provider.

In brief: As above ?
First there is no free lunch and second weight gain usually depends on what u eat , how much u eat and how much u exercise, eat fruit , vegetable , avoid junk food and excersize and most likely.
U will be ok . In addition u can talk with u prescribing provider.
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Dr. Samuel Bayles
Pediatrics - Psychiatry
In brief: Ssris
the serotonin reuptake inhibitors are the place to start.
it's not a given that they all cause weight gain. I'd recommend lexapro/celexa or Prozac to start. I'd avoid Paxil (paroxetine) at first.

In brief: Ssris
the serotonin reuptake inhibitors are the place to start.
it's not a given that they all cause weight gain. I'd recommend lexapro/celexa or Prozac to start. I'd avoid Paxil (paroxetine) at first.
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