Depression medication that doesn't cause weight gain

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Does anybody know of any medication out there for bipolar that doesn't cause weight gain? I've gained 30 pounds the past 6 months and don't need to gain, but lose so please help.
Thyroid does have a huge affect on your metabolism rate and thus your weight. Too high and you can loose weight, too low and you'll gain weight. Thyroid is also associated with mood including depression and anxiety. Some people can get off of or have no need to take anti-depressants or anti anxiety medicine simply by getting their Thyroid levels balanced correctly. However there are other hormones in your body as well. They all have to be in proper balance and that can be tricky.
every person is different but i looked into it and read that yes it can cause abnormal/increased hunger. so i guess you could gain weight from it if you live a very sedentary lifestyle and let those cravings get to you.
I attributed it to eating junk food and not exercising, but I never really believed that I ate that much junk food to result in 25-30 pounds of weight gain. I think some of the weight gain may be due to the hyperthyroid, but now I worry that if I take antithyroid medicine, I will gain even more!
Yes, some medications cause weight gain --you might try asking your doctor for something that doesn't have that side effect. If you have certain "precursors" (such as medical issues) that cause weight gain, it's best to try to eliminate them before spending a lot of time/$ on weight loss efforts that probably won't work.
I don't know about anyone else, but I have had such a difficult time trying to find the right birth control pill. I need one that doesn't make me tired,cause weight gain, or acne. It seems like every pill I try-either it helps my acne and makes me hungry and sooooo...... tired. I am also on Vyvanse for ADHD and that decreases my appetite.
Weight at 5'2" is a concern. I am eating right and exercising. It just doesn't go away. As for doctors, I'm about ready to find a new doctor since moving. I'm in hopes that one day they (whoever they may be) will find a way to help us all with this. Wouldn't it be nice.
major weight gain. The Celexa site states it does not cause weight gain. Ask a few million people. It is fast and impossible to get off. 35lbs in 3months. Be careful to watch your weight. I looked into it and found it is used to treat anorexia and bulimia. Maybe there is something in the chemical composition that reacts drastically different with some people. I hope it works for you.
It ***** because after trying 7 different meds with no effect, Mirtazapine seemed to be the first medication that worked at least a little bit. However, the weight gain issue caused me to start getting depressed again. I was in a great shape before and on a clean diet ... now I have super cleaned my diet and I burn 500-1000 cal in the gym almost every day yet my weight is going up. So I am going to talk to my doc about switching to something else.
I'm not depressed so I don't want to take it for depression but I am so alarmed at this weight gain that I think I will go back and finish off my bottle until I figure it out. Has anyone else had this problem with quiting Wellbutrin?
The medication itself doesn't cause the weight gain. It's the food cravings they give you that can cause weight gain. For example, before taking Nortriptilyne (antidepressant) I was not a big fan of ice cream. Now because of the medication I eat Blue Bell mint chocolate chip ice cream like it's frozen crack cocaine. I crave it like mad. Thus explaining my ever expanding waist line. If you are burning more calories then you are taking in, then your body has no choice but to drop weight.
I read about them in a study and the best was Geodon with no incidence of weight gain, and Abilify had very little chance of weight gain. The older drugs tend to cause more weight gain. However; having said that I attended a Bipolar support group meeting and we voted on this issue and only one out of 22 people would rather be sick than be healthy and gain a few pounds. I think with this disease vanity has to take a back seat.
All I know is that it seems that all that has happened for me is that I traded one set of problems for another set (weight gain, depression over weight gain, Hoplessness, etc.) of issues. Primarily depressed and fatigued and hopeless, which is what I started out to be and is what I am still, only now overweight. I was skinny and miserable, why would I exchange that for fat and miserable or make that fat and way more miserable because of now being way overweight on top of everything else.
Overeating as a result of depression also can cause weight gain. In addition, some medical conditions that mimic depression — such as underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism) — may cause weight gain .. so you may want to have your physician check that out. If you gain weight after starting antidepressant treatment, discuss your concerns with your doctor. He or she can determine the likely cause of weight gain.
I gained nearly 25 pounds on Paxil and it all dropped off within 2mos of stopping it. I'm not sure, but I think Wellbutrin is one of the AD's that don't cause weight gain, but it is also very stimulating so might not be a good choice unless your anxiety is secondary to depression. I tried it once and it made me feel totally hyper. I only took it a couple of days. Unfortunately, weight gain is a side effect of most AD's and it's hard to avoid. Best of luck to you.....
In my opinion, weight gain can really go hand in hand with anxiety and depression in many people. When I was going through this, I quit exercising and did not take care of myself like I normally did and thus put on a lot of weight. But I also lost it once I started eating right and getting normal exercise. For me this was just as important as talk therapy and any medication that I was taking...keep working through it...and keep us posted!
After reading this, i have come to the conclusion, that antidepressant's cause weight gain. I was told they do, and have experience just that. In 1999 i was put on anti depressant's. Since then my med's have changed, but still on anti depressant's. Anyway, i just thought i would mention , when i started my anti depressant's. I for 20 yr's weighed 104 lbs. , and after getting on anti depressant's, put on 89 lbs.
I remember my doc telling me one time that less than 2% of people have TRUE, unexplained weight gain with Lexapro. The other ones that gain weight, it's a simple calories in versus calories out deal (that was true for me). And even that number is suppose to be low. I know a couple people who never gained a pound on Lexapro (LUCKY). I don't know about cymbalta or wellbutrin, hopefully you can get good responses from those with experience!
I have been on a few different antidepressants since first suffering from major depression back in the late 80's and I found that all but two caused weight gain. Paxil seemed to cause the biggest weight gain and I wasn't able to lose it until I stopped and switched to Serzone, which is now off the market although I think the generic form is still available. Wellbutrin is the other one that doesn't seem to effect your weight.
ps: I also had a panic attack, I never suffered form panic before. The chiropractor told me that having the vertebrae out would create a firing of the nerves that cause a "fight or flight" reaction, that the body and mind interpret as an intense threat. If this keeps happening (because of having the neck pulled) you have panic! It is not you going crazy, it is your nervous system firing again and again! Go to a chiropractor today!
Before Celexa, I was on Zoloft, and the first week on Zoloft I lost weight, but then stabilized and slowly began to gain weight. the weight gain was not a big amount but it did happen. Then a few yrs later, I began having problems on Zoloft so my Doc switched me to Celexa, and "whamo!", BIG WEIGHT GAIN! It was amazing! On top of the weight gain, Celexa has made me lethargic and very tired. My Doc knows of all these symptoms,btw.
How could you avoid the weight gain from the Zoloft? At that time you had answered back that you could take 25mg every other day, and you won't have the weight gain. Now I started the Zoloft again this past March, starting at 1/4 of a 25mg tablet every other day, then going up to 12.5mg every other day, then going up to 25mg every other day, and finally going up to 37.5mg every other day. Each time upon starting the medication and each time after increasing the dose the Zoloft worked.
Have a close friend on Paxil, she did phenomenally on it, but like a lot of others, gained a good bit of weight. She determined that her mental health was more important...so she decided to stay on the Paxil and be VERY loyal to a strict diet...then after some weight came off...she maintained by eating much healthier than she did. She has taken off prolly about 1/2 the weight she gained, and has held steady where she is.
The depression drugs are rather sneaky with weight, so I hope that if the Lexapro fixes your problems that it doesn't cause weight gain. I took it for 5 weeks back a while ago and did well with had no weight gain. Thankfully it's an easy drug to get on and get off of. I wish you well and can get some answers for your medical issues.
I also found out today that I have gained 15 pounds on this medication, which I was told different in the beginning. My Dr. told me today that the weight gain study was only done on people who had been on the medicine for two months...barely even enough time for it to start working. Starting, tonight I am starting to decrease my lexapro. I am terrified because I don't want the anxiety and panic attacks to come back. If they come back, I can go back to my previous dose and take it slower. My Dr.
I refuse to take anything that causes alot of weight gain, that cannot be controlled even if eating right or exercising. And this is just overnight and nothing I can do to stop it. I was hoping someone had a similar issue and could report if the initial side effects went away.
For a long time, I had managed to avoid almost all the meds that might cause tardive dyskinesia, weight gain or fatigue. That's why my bipolar went untreated for so long. I had been misdiagnosed earlier in my life and tried a whole bunch of other meds, so I'd had a lot of other side effects and just decided I couldn't tolerate a lot of them. The sad truth is that we don't have high hopes for the lithium.
But if the energy intake (food) exceeds what is being used up, then weight gain will be the result. It is likely that her weight gain is to do with the fact that she is a wonderful cook and loves her food too much. She may not be aware of alternatives in baking methods to cut down fats and sugars. I find when baking a cake, cutting the sugar and fat down as much as 2oz will have no effect on the end result.
I immediately made an appointment with my doctor to find out why this medication was making me gain so much weight. She wouldn't tell me why but said it does cause slight weight gain so I continued to take the Paxil.
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