Quote from ilovemaryjane:Can other anti-depressants like Celexa affect weight? Or epilepsy/anxiety drugs like Neurontin? I've been taking them for about a year now but I was fat before I started them and I've lost weight in the past few months with diet & exercise.
I am 5-8 and was 114 lbs when I started Celexa, I was a swimsuit model. I was built like Cameron Diaz with boobs. I went on Celexa around April of 2000 and now i weigh 155. So yes I gained on Celexa 44 lbs in 3 years to be exact. I have just weened myself off of Celexa. I realized I was gaining weight but nothing I tried would help. I do have to admit though that I never drank more than one alcoholic beverage a week up until around Xmas time of 2001. Now I probably drink once a week about 5 or 6 beverages. I know alcohol can cause weight gain, but other than that nothing else changed. I used to be able to eat a whole blooming onion from Outback (which is like 3500 calories). Now I work out 4 times a week, watch what I eat and I still cant loose the weight.
I did gain about 15 pounds on Zoloft in one year while I was in high school, but once I quit I gained about 5 more pounds then I would say 3 months later the weight just started melting off. I did got out dancing about 3 nights a week as well, so Im sure that helped.
Im hoping that now that Im off of Celexa (its been two months) that I will start loosing the weight. From what I understand my trainer at the gym sees a lot of clients who 'ballooned' on an SSRI.
I think they say Paxil
is the worst..... one of my best friends growing up is about 5-10 and 250 pounds and she thinks its because shes been on Paxil
for about 10 years. Her sisters are all at very healthy weights and they have both had 2 kids in the last 6 years. She is the only one who is obese and she's never been pregnant.
My aunt went off Celexa for about 6 months and dropped 15 pounds but had to go back on it because of anxiety.
I have done some plus size modeling jobs at this weight. I still look attractive but do I feel attractive GOD NO!!! I just wanted to let you all know that yes I have gained weight and a majority of those pounds were from being on an SSRI. I ate whatever I wanted before I went on Celexa and for the last 3 years since i have been on it I have been pretty much watching whatever I put into my mouth. I have read lots of things about SSRI affecting your metabolism and your enzymes in your liver that slows down your metabolism.
I also never craved carbs before , I always craved meats and cheeses before going on Celexa...now I crave french fries and candy. I guess that carbs are a big craving when you are on SSRI. Well I hope we can all drop those pounds fast once were off of the meds. Im off and im waiting for a miracle.... ;o)