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Old 12-18-2006, 06:11 AM   #1
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AntiDepressants and Weight Gain

I am trying to find an antidepressant which would help but at the same time not cause me to gain weight.

Here is what I have tried:
1. Zoloft - My neurologist put me on this years ago for migraine control. Was on 100 mg a day. Over the course of the 4 years I was on it, I gained 80 pounds. Found out about the weight gain (no one told me that was a side effect and I wondered why I couldn't lose weight) and came off of it. Lost 40 of the pounds back.

Recently I went through a health scare where I had convinced myself I had lung cancer. It sent me into a spiral.

2. Lexapro - I was put on Leaxapro (10 mg). Within 3 weeks I had gained 13 pounds. I was told I would not gain weight on Lexapro.

What are some of your experiences with medications and weight gain? I've tried Wellbutrin but it doesn't seem to help my depression any. Thanks for any suggesitons/help.

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Old 12-18-2006, 07:00 AM   #2
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Re: AntiDepressants and Weight Gain

I gained 5 pounds on Lexapro. I'm three months into it. I assume I'm not going to gain any more, or at least not much more. I gained the 5 lbs. in a few days time, when I went up to 15 mg. My appetite just went through the roof! But, it's more stable now that my body's become used to the new dose. It's been almost a month that I've been on 15 mg., and I'm not gaining anymore weight. I'd actually like to gain more - I've been bouncing back and forth b/w 93 and 95 lbs. lately - but, I just have a thin frame by design.

I also think the weight gain was partly because I was just happier and more balanced, so I ate more. But, I've also had more energy, and have been exercising more. It really depends upon the person - how the med affects him/her. My doctor says that some people get more energetic on Lexapro and some get sleepier. I've heard the average weight gain on Lexapro is 20 lbs. I seriously doubt I'll gain 20 lbs. or anywhere near that.

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Re: AntiDepressants and Weight Gain

My doc told me that some people use Wellbutrin to balance out the side effects of another med. I take Effexor, Wellbutrin and Remeron for my antidepressants and I normally do not feel any side effects. Oh I also take lithium, zyprexa and temazapam. Zyprexa and Remeron are both nasty for weight gain.

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