I am on Lexapro and have not experinced weight gain. You might check how many calories you are consuming. It is very easy to eat more than you realize, especially when we are depressed. A nonactive person should eat about 1600-2000 calories a day. And generally to lose weight a person has to be consuming 1500 calories a day. That means about 500 calories per meal for three meals in a day. On a 2000 caloires that means a little less than 700 calories per meal for three meal in a day. I have to count every calorie that i put in my mouth to keep from gaining weight and maintain my weight.
I too gained weight on Lexapro. I gained 17lbs in 4 months. I weaned myself off of it, Because I can't handle the weight gain, But now I am feeling and acting like a B*itch!!(again) My husband could tell I haven't been taking it, It is so hard being a depressed person, But being a fat depressed person is even harder!! I understand what you are going through! I think I am going to start just taking 5 mg, and see what happens. What are you taking now and for how long?
Wow. I'm having just the opposite effect on Lexapro. No appetite at all. Before I'd eat anything in sight because I was ALWAYS hungry and depressed and now nothing really sounds appealing. I just went on the med about a week ago and it's kind of weirding me out because I've always had an appetite. I guess it's a good thing since I'd like to lose weight. It's also making me wired all the time and fidgety.
I experienced the suppressed appetite at first too. However, although my appetite doesnt seem to have increased, I have gained some weight and have noticed swelling in my hands. I am not positive as to how many pounds I've gained, but I'm guessing about 15. I've been taking Lexapro going on three months. I too am considering going off of it. I did not have the "serious" depression some of you describe but was given Zoloft while going thru a divorce b/c I am a terrible insomniac (always have been, when my nest is ruffled) and was having trouble sleeping. Sure, I was going thru a tough time but I think I was already thru the rough part. My current DR changed me to Lexapro b/c he said it had less "sexual side effects, among other things". ( I was having headaches on the Zoloft. I see him in 2 weeks and I'm going to discuss with him going off the antidepressants altogether. If he says no, I think I will anyway. I have terrible memory problems and NO sex drive.
I gained ten pounds in 3 weeks after going on Lexapro, and I know for a certainty that it wasn't that I was eating more than usual, since I was keeping a food journal and can verify that I was eating very little. I had been on Prozac for over ten years before making the switch; it seemed that the Prozac wasn't working for me any longer. Anyway, after that horrifyingly swift weight gain, I switched back to Prozac, and have been having a tough time losing the weight I gained while on Lexapro. It's weird, because in the past when I've gone off of Prozac and then back on it again, I've always lost weight without even trying.
Have any of you have memory problems while taking lexapro? Is is like my brain is in a fog and I know i should know something, or i can only remember bits and parts. I know that being depressed causes some memory distrubance but what i am experincing seems more exagerated. I know i have read that some on welbutren have had sever memory problems. I am wondering if there may be similar side effects.
Weight gain is relatively common with Lexapro. It can both slow your metabolism and increase your appetite. Usualy not as much as other SSRIs, but it can happen. That's one thing I found Welbutrin to help with - it decreases your appetite.
Choose the devil you don't know.