HELP!! Has anyone experienced weight gain when stopping Celexa. I have been the same weight for 6 years at 118 and after a month off it I am 130! Anyone have any suggestions or ideas as to WHY? I am an exercise fanatic and run 5 miles every other day and weight train on the opposite days. I am not eating any extra either, if anything I am eating less.
I have just started tapering off my Celexa, but I gained weight while taking it - maybe 5-10 or so pounds in less than a year. I am hoping that I will return to my pre-treatment weight before long, but it is too early to tell.
Maybe your weight gain is muscle, not fat. Exercise is healthy and may be of more benefit than the drug. If the weight gain continues, you probably should discuss it with your doctor.
I did not gain any weight on the Celexa and have gotten back on it due to the Horrible withdrawls..........walking sideways because I am so dizzy makes it a little difficult to function. I have already lost a few plounds. I wonder if it ups my metablolism. Strange and Frusterating!
Best of luck to you on going off the Celexa. I am sure you will do just fine. I did not get my withdrawls until the 2nd week. I hope you can go off and stay off. What are you taking it for and how much?
YES I am having the same problem as you are, except I am tapering down from Effexor. It is very odd, because I DIDN'T gain any weight when I went on the drug, which was a great relief. But now I am gaining at a very fast rate while tapering off the drug. It is scaring me! I can't get over how much water I am retaining, despite the fact that I drink at least 8 glasses a day. My stomach, which is normally very flat (all my weight is on my thighs!) is always puffed right out.
I think the cause is that our bodies had adjusted to the drug in terms of hormone levels - and now that we are getting off the drugs, our bodies don't know what's going on so they immediately go into survival mode, slowing the metabolism and trapping all the fat they can. So hopefully this will all even out after a few months off the drug. You will probably lose the weight after a few months - at least let's hope so! I still have a long way before I am completely off the Effexor and am afraid I will keep gaining at this rate. If anything, I am eating less and exercising more than before, but the weight keeps coming!
Good luck and please keep me posted on whether the weight starts coming off! I can't afford a new wardrobe!
I have to admit I started back on the Celexa at 1MG a day(this dizzy stuff has to stop I hope) and dropped 4lbs. Is it water weight? My weight is also in my tummy big time and some in my thighs. This is strange and you would think it would be the other way around.
I am afraid how much I would gain if I stayed off it. Yesterday I had pizza and chip and still dropped another pound. Keep me posted and let me know if it turn around for you and how long that takes.
Any other withdrawls?
Hope all goes smoothly for you!