Depression medication without weight gain

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Avatar f tn In the literature of many medications, you will read that studies show it to be weight neutral meaning that as many people on it gained weight as lost weight. But then you HEAR about weight gain because those are the people that are generally upset. Those are the anecdotal stories that then make everyone feel a certain drug will definitely cause weight gain while there are many people who take it that have no weight changes.
Avatar f tn I am 54 yrs old now and I weight 200lbs, am on Lithium 900mg and Seroquel 300 mg and Paxil. All my doctors have denied weight gain from the medications and I do not understand that. This stuff just comes on like majic. When I started the Seroquel I immediately gained 20 lbs. YIKES!!! I admit I do not exercise like I used to before I was diagnosed. I am lucky to eat one meal a;day. Just not hungery. I am sure if I got on some exercise plan along with better eatting I could work my *** off.
Avatar n tn Energy level is good, exercise daily without a problem, depression is gone... and continue to gain weight... Why is there so much change in my TSH levels? is this a symptom of something else I should be looking at?? What questions or tests should I be asking the doctor? Thanks in advance.
Avatar n tn I have taken several kinds of anti-depressants and none of them made me gain weight. Also, is chronic anxiety or depression more appealing than gaining a little weight -- IF you gain any? Mental illness is a much more significant and important thing to deal with.
Avatar n tn Weight gain is definetly caused by antidepressants. The wellbutrin should help, are you still on it? You can help by going to www.thepsychiatristsdiet.com. There you will be able to pinpoint the emotional eating pattern that is hindering you.
Avatar n tn Constipation Excessive weight gain without a known cause Hair loss Sensitivity to cold Swollen feet and shortness of breath Uncontrollable hunger accompanied by palpitations, tremor, and sweating Vision changes
Avatar n tn Sure enough, I have hypothyroidism. I am now on medication for it. But it wasn't the cause of my weight gain (usually only causes you to put on a few pounds), nor was it my meds. Because I walk 6 miles a day and eat healthy, everything pointed to my meds. Finally my daughter asked me to start eating every few hours, small amounts of healthy food. I started doing this in January and by August I had lost 45 lbs.
Avatar f tn diet plan, you maybe be building muscle, which could account for the weight gain. Although a pound is a pound, muscle is denser than fat, so as you burn fat and gain muscle, it's possible for your weight to increase for a time. Another thing --- this one is most likely -- your diet plan may be cutting calories TOO MUCH and your body could be thinking that there isn't going to be enough calories, so it hangs on to what's already there.
953190 tn?1276519634 I was taking Remeron for about a year, but it wasn't working so well and it caused massive weight gain. Mirtazapine (Zispin) makes Paxil look like a diet pill. Just my opinion, but there are much more effective antidepressant on the market that do not cause this massive weight gain. You may want to consider Effexor or perhaps even a Tri-cyclic such as Nortriptilyne. Then again, if the Zispin worked well for you then why change.
Avatar f tn Find out more information and speak to your psychiatrist about starting a medication that would have less of an effect of weight gain and be better on depression. If you still have a problem with alcohol abuse go to a dual recovery group for a person with a psychiatric disability and an alcohol abuse issue as that can set back anyone's recovery. Once you start on medication, talk therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy is helpful in addition.
Avatar f tn I should also mention that 99% of drugs don't directly cause weight gain , but cause you to have more urges to eat. If you are careful you won't gain the weight.
Avatar f tn I have been on Paxil for 8 months for panic attacks and the weight gain is getting so hard to deal with. I've decided to go off of it. Can anyone tell me if they lost the weight easily after going of it. Or possible suggest another anti anxiety med that doesn't have this particular side effect.
918275 tn?1254072352 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.
Avatar n tn I took it for 2 months but felt like a zombie and stopped taking it. I tried several antidepressants and almost all of them include weight gain, some more than others. The only one i took that actually made me loose weight was wellbutrin. Celexa was pretty good I think I took it for 8 months and maybe only gained 5 lbs the whole time.
2030769 tn?1343651274 If you read the leaflet that comes with the medication it will tell you that some people lose weight, and some people gain weight. I have gained masses of weight, and other people on this site have said the same. You just have to be very careful what you eat. I find Effexor is an excellent anti-depressant for me, except for the weight gain. I don't kn ow how your doctor can say it does not make some people gain weight if it is written in black and white by the company who manufacture it.
Avatar f tn I thought I could manage without them, I hated the weight gain, I hated feeling like a zombie, I couldn't concentrate, I had no feelings.
Avatar n tn I'm a little confused. Your suffering a major clinical depression and your worried about gaining weight? When I was suffering from this disease at it's worst, even if taking an AD medication ment that my hair would fall out and would cause me to gain 400Lbs, I would have still taken it. That's how bad I wanted the pain to stop. They all have side effects without exception.
10814753 tn?1413012780 but i'm not keen on trialing (dicing with my life?) with any 'new' psyche meds.. especially having a possible weight gain component! anyone had this happen to them on Seroquel? i was previously on Valproate and didn't realise it was the cause of almost 15 years of excessive weight gain! i recently lost 40 kilos! that started around 2 + 1/2 yrs ago after i went off it (valproate/epilim) without weaning or replacing, as it had originally been prescribed for 'nerve pain' condition... .
616534 tn?1233240097 My doctor just took me off Effexor and put me on Lexapro. My weight is part of my depression. I can't afford to gain.
Avatar n tn I am now off the effexor and just on the wellbutrine, but the weight is not stopping at all. I have put on 31 lbs. since October when my weight hadn't change more than 10 lbs. in 6 years. I have also put it 0n so quickly (20 lbs in the first month) that my skin is so tight and hasn't really been able to stretch as much as it needs to to accomodate the increased weight.
Avatar f tn Needed meds for depression but weight gain caused depression. He switched me to Lamitcal 200 mg daily it is considered weight neutral and now I'm trying Topamax also to lose the weight, not to mention it's supposed to help ppl stop smoking so maybe I'll get a 2 for 1. lol. Both are step up's. I just got to my 100 mg on the Topa so I don't know yet if it's gonna work. Talk to your Dr. about it.
96108 tn?1197694930 I never suffered from depression until the rapid weight gain from the medication ruined my life. it took me a long time to realize why i was gaining so much weight and had a hunch that maybe it was the zoloft. Finally i decided to do research online and i was so happy to find out how many people are going through the same thing i am and i am absolutly disgusted at the doctors that just hand the medication out to people.
Avatar n tn 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!
Avatar n tn i have read many forums that say this medication causes weight gain.. but if i look out for my weight and keep exersising and keep eating right.. is it true that i WILL DEFINATLEY gain weight?? even if my caloric intake does NOT change???? I dont want to gain weight... but need to be on this medication.. what is the best thing to do in my situation?? how can I keep taking this medication and NOT gain wieght?
Avatar n tn I HAVE BEEN TAKING PAXIL FOR A YEAR NOW, AT FIRST 10 MGS, NOW 20. WHEN I FIRST WENT ON PAXIL FOR DEPRESSION I NOTICED A WEIGHT GAIN A COUPLE OF MONTHS AFTERWARDS, MY FIRST THOUGHT WAS HOW COULD I HAVE GAINED SO MUCH WEIGHT ALL AT ONCE? WHICH MY DOCTOR ALSO SAID WEIGHT GAIN IS NOT A SIDE AFFECT! I WAS MOVED UP TO 20 MGS BECAUSE I GOT INTO A REALLY DEEP DEPRESSION BECAUSE I DID'NT TAKE THEM FOR 6 TO 10 DAYS. SO MY THERIPST SAID SHE RECOMMENDS TAKING 20 MGS.
Avatar n tn I currently take effexor xr and definately have gained weight and can not loose the weight I work out 5 days a week and thought maybe I could take another pill without the side effects. Is there anything else to take?