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April 5, 2012 12:24 PM
Yup, I've been taking antidepressants for years and switching to paxil really messed me up, then when I switched to cymbalta, I didn't gain anymore, but I couldn't lose the weight, no matter how hard I tried. Once I tapered off, my weight slowly went down, I feel great being off of them, and take herbal supplements instead. Anyway, if I skip a dose of my herbals there are no fatal side affects that are potential when you skip a dose of a pharmaceutical. Good for you!
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April 5, 2012 12:25 PM
same thing started my weight problems, and i almost wonder if all the meds i have taken over the years have long term effects on my body because its just a lot harder now to lose, and super easy for me to gain. plus, i was on one that stimulated appetite once. looking back, i think it was insane. i was pretty young, and not underweight at all.
April 5, 2012 12:25 PM
My story is similar.
  7030416
April 5, 2012 12:26 PM
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Is it usual to take antidepressants for a break-up? Am just curious .... I know breakups can cause real pain, but antidepressants seem a significant step ... to me??

Sean


As mentioned, I had always had anxiety and bouts of depression. This break-up was the last straw in what I could handle. I don't think I need to go too far into detail about my life, but like eveyone else's, it isn't easy.
Now I'm in a much better mental state. I no longer take them.


MIND OVER MATTER!
April 5, 2012 12:26 PM
I have been on antidepressants since I was a child, I managed to lose weight quite fast on fad diets but now I am doing a proper diet it is going so slow. So many hurdles!
April 5, 2012 12:27 PM
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Antidepressants don't make you fat. Over eating does.


Im sure you're the subject matter expert, huh? give me a break
April 5, 2012 12:28 PM
Personally, when I was on anti-depressants in the past I LOST 15 pounds. As a psych major, my personal belief is that it is the lifestyle and mental health issues that causes the weight gain (coping with food, alcohol, laying in bed all day, not exercising, lack of motivation for anything) NOT the actual medication.
Edited by mes1119 On April 5, 2012 12:30 PM
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April 5, 2012 12:29 PM
I will say that guys SUCK! My husband just went on them about 6 months ago and didn't gain one pound! He eats fast food like no other and even had chocolate iced donuts for breakfast yesterday and doesn't gain anything.... Whatever.


I know, and then when they go to lose weight, they lose a lot, and they do it super-fast.
Which is just more proof that it's way harder to be a woman! Which is why we are tougher and stronger.
Girl power, as my seven-year-old daughter would say!
April 5, 2012 12:30 PM
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Personally, when I was on anti-depressants I LOST 15 pounds. As a psych major, my personal belief is that it is the lifestyle and mental health issues that causes the weight gain (coping with food, alcohol, laying in bed all day, not exercising, lack of motivation for anything) NOT the actual medication.


Like I said, I tried to work it off to no avail.
Everyone is affected differently.
April 5, 2012 12:31 PM
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...it is the lifestyle and mental health issues that causes the weight gain (coping with food, alcohol, laying in bed all day, not exercising, lack of motivation for anything) NOT the actual medication.


Exactly.
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April 5, 2012 12:33 PM
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...it is the lifestyle and mental health issues that causes the weight gain (coping with food, alcohol, laying in bed all day, not exercising, lack of motivation for anything) NOT the actual medication.


Exactly.


Once again, everyone is affected differently. Medication of all kinds can really screw up someone's weight. Guess you all are just lucky :)
Edited by MaryPhillips90 On April 5, 2012 12:33 PM
April 5, 2012 12:33 PM
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Personally, when I was on anti-depressants I LOST 15 pounds. As a psych major, my personal belief is that it is the lifestyle and mental health issues that causes the weight gain (coping with food, alcohol, laying in bed all day, not exercising, lack of motivation for anything) NOT the actual medication.


Like I said, I tried to work it off to no avail.
Everyone is affected differently.


I was in the Marines, working in aviation... worked my butt off every day, climbing and crawling on aircraft, heavy lifting etc. etc. I still gained weight. I had previously weighed 120 before paxil and still maintained a clean diet. It was horrible. I feel your pain!
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April 5, 2012 12:33 PM
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Like I said, I tried to work it off to no avail.
Everyone is affected differently.


I'm happy that you've lost weight though and learned how to manage your life without the drugs! flowerforyou I just don't understand why people point fingers at medication for making them gain weight when it can be more related to lifestyle and health---> not necessarily your situation, but the ones that gain 100 pounds or so and blame the antidepressants when it is evident it was their lifestyle due to their mental condition.

Exercise is the BEST antidepressant smile
Edited by mes1119 On April 5, 2012 12:33 PM
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April 5, 2012 12:35 PM
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Personally, when I was on anti-depressants I LOST 15 pounds. As a psych major, my personal belief is that it is the lifestyle and mental health issues that causes the weight gain (coping with food, alcohol, laying in bed all day, not exercising, lack of motivation for anything) NOT the actual medication.


I am a counsellor in private practice, and have been working in this field for 12 years. As well, I"ve been on/off antidepressants for years. So, I've been around a lot of people on a lot of different antidepressants.

I'm glad to hear that your experience on antidepressants didn't case you weight gain. Hopefully, you had 15 pounds to lose when that happened!

Actually, some antidepressants DO cause weight gain, to no fault of the user. Yes, lifestyle plays a part, and this may be true in SOME cases, but not all. I've seen too many people gain weight on certain antidepressants, and it's usually the same antidepressants that are to blame. As well, I consult with psychiatrists and it's an accepted fact that some antidepressant medication CAN cause weight gain in SOME people. It's an individual thing though, and for the most part it's trial and error on the part of the doctor, as they don't know exactly how a person is going to respond to what he/she is prescribed.

So I respectfully disagree with you on this point!
April 5, 2012 12:35 PM
Fingers ARE pointed at the medication because I was leading a healthy lifestyle before and during (lost 10lbs shortly before) and gained weight only AFTER I started taking the medication.

And it seems that other users here who were on the same medication as me, Celexa, experienced the same.
Edited by MaryPhillips90 On April 5, 2012 12:36 PM
April 5, 2012 12:38 PM
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I am wondering if anti depressants are preventing me from weight loss? I'm on fluexotine and although I've not heard or anyone gaining weight because if it I believe it may be one of the factors as well as PCOS. I eat a diet rich in vegetables and fruit - not fair!


Yes, they can prevent you from losing weight. Consult with your doctor, there may be a better option for you.
April 5, 2012 12:38 PM
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...I feel great being off of them, and take herbal supplements instead. Anyway, if I skip a dose of my herbals there are no fatal side affects that are potential when you skip a dose of a pharmaceutical.


1) Your herbal supplements aren't even fully evaluated for safety, let alone effectiveness. People think that because things are "natural" they're safe. Arsenic, cyanide, and a whole host of other things are also "natural." There are plenty of problems with the FDA approval process in the U.S., but it is more rigorous than what "natural supplements" go through.
2) There are very few pharmaceuticals that can cause fatal side effects if you miss a dose. Those that do are likely to only be prescribed as a last resort or because they are the only available treatment for a very serious disease. I've been on a lot of anti-depressants (over the course of 2 decades now), and few of them came with that sort of side effect. The truth is, you have a better chance of getting killed in a motor-vehicle accident than by the vast majority of modern anti-depressants.
April 5, 2012 12:41 PM
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...I feel great being off of them, and take herbal supplements instead. Anyway, if I skip a dose of my herbals there are no fatal side affects that are potential when you skip a dose of a pharmaceutical.


1) Your herbal supplements aren't even fully evaluated for safety, let alone effectiveness. People think that because things are "natural" they're safe. Arsenic, cyanide, and a whole host of other things are also "natural." There are plenty of problems with the FDA approval process in the U.S., but it is more rigorous than what "natural supplements" go through.
2) There are very few pharmaceuticals that can cause fatal side effects if you miss a dose. Those that do are likely to only be prescribed as a last resort or because they are the only available treatment for a very serious disease. I've been on a lot of anti-depressants (over the course of 2 decades now), and few of them came with that sort of side effect. The truth is, you have a better chance of getting killed in a motor-vehicle accident than by the vast majority of modern anti-depressants.


*gonna go play in the street now!* :D
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April 5, 2012 12:42 PM
I thought Lexapro was the reason I was gaining so rapidly. There was not an option for me to stop it though so I just dealt with it. I still continued to gain weight though despite being active.

In the end, it turned out that I had hypothyroid, it had nothing to do with my antidepressants. And actually, with the hypothyroid, my depression would have gotten far worse if I went off my Lexapro.

I still take it now, I am still managing to lose weight (17 lbs in 65 days so far) Just saying, if you have an issue with depression and anxiety, I'd look for another cause to the weight gain before assuming that is it (whether it is a medical condition, lack of activity, or simply overeating) Going off your meds can be a big mistake if you truly need them.
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April 5, 2012 12:42 PM
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Antidepressants don't make you fat. Over eating does.


It's not quite this simple.
Actually, YES, antidepressants, as well as some medications for biploar illness, and some anti-psychotic medication, can and do cause people to gain weight, sometimes a lot of weight, like 40-60 pounds.
It's no fault of the person taking the medication. Usually it's the lesser of two evils-take the meds and gain weight, or don't take them and suffer the ill effects of an untreated mental illness. Not an easy choice, and these people deserve understanding and empathy, not judgement. (I'm not saying you're being judgemental, just speaking in general terms.)
April 5, 2012 12:43 PM
Pills don't make you gain weight. The side effects might make you care less about monitoring your intakes, but there is no magic substance in them that cause you to hold on to the fat.

I went off Prozac before I lost 100 lbs, and I ended up with severe anxiety again along with obsessive worrying. I went back on the anti-ds and still managed to lose 105 lbs.

Just keep in mind if you go on a new medication to be aware of the side effects.

The birth control thing is another myth/excuse, imo. You may gain water weight but if you eat less than you burn you will lose weight.
Edited by aquapussy On April 5, 2012 12:45 PM
April 5, 2012 12:45 PM
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Pills don't make you gain weight. The side effects might make you care less about monitoring your intakes, but there is no magic substance in them that cause you to hold on to the fat.

I went off Prozac before I lost 100 lbs, and I ended up with severe anxiety again along with obsessive worrying. I went back on the anti-ds and still managed to lose 105 lbs.

Just keep in mind if you go on a new medication to be aware of the side effects.


Someone isn't reading other replies.
April 5, 2012 12:47 PM
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Pills don't make you gain weight. The side effects might make you care less about monitoring your intakes, but there is no magic substance in them that cause you to hold on to the fat.

I went off Prozac before I lost 100 lbs, and I ended up with severe anxiety again along with obsessive worrying. I went back on the anti-ds and still managed to lose 105 lbs.

Just keep in mind if you go on a new medication to be aware of the side effects.

The birth control thing is another myth/excuse, imo. You may gain water weight but if you eat less than you burn you will lose weight.


There are "pills" that do make you gain weight. Maybe not anti-depressants, but there is an anti-psychotic that completely inhibits the part of your brain that tells you that you are full. There are so many chemicals being passed around as the quick fix to all your problems... do you really think not one of them has a side effect that causes weight gain??
  7030416
April 5, 2012 12:59 PM
I've been taking an antidepressant since January 2011. I was on a high dose- 60mg a day, now I am on 40mg a day.
I have chronic Body Dysmorphic Disorder and without medication, I am suicidal and unable to function. So, for me, medication is necessary.
I found that the first couple of months of being on Citalopram, I was indeed eating more, which caused some weight gain. I was also so sluggish that all I did was sleep. The 'zombie' like effect went on for months, but when I decided it was time to change my lifestyle; I just forced myself to workout and eat less. I decided to cut down to 40mg, because the sluggishness was interefering with my ability to workout for lengthy periods of time. At 40mg, I am nowhere near as tired as I used to be.
Through all of this, I have managed to lose 75 pounds.

I was on prozac for a brief time and I lost 10 pounds in two weeks. I had no desire to eat and fell into an even deeper depression. So, yes, weight loss and weight gain is a common side effect of taking an antidepressant.
I've had to work very hard to lose weight, but it's been worth it :)
Edited by Amy_Lee_2012 On April 5, 2012 1:02 PM
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April 5, 2012 1:07 PM
Sublog....apparently you've never been on antidepressants. I will tell a couple of stories to show just exactly what it does. My personal experience first. I had been on Prozac for about five years (and gained about 45 pounds WITHOUT changing my diet or exercise routine) when I suspected I may be pregnant. Because there were no long term studies at the time, I immediately stopped taking them. From the day I did that, till the day I delivered...nine months later....I "gained" one pound. Again, no change in my eating or exercising. Once the immediate baby weight was "gone" I weighed 30 lbs less than when I got pregnant.

Second, my sister and her daughter both participated in a depression study. My niece, who was about 23 at that time and had ALWAYS been STICK thin gained so much weight in six months that I did not recognize her. She gained over 60 lbs....as did my sister! Needless to say, getting "FAT" certainly does not help with depression and they both elected to stop the meds. My niece immediately began losing weight and soon returned to her pre-med state. However, my sister has struggled to lose any since that time.

Lastly, let me say that virtually ALL of my paternal-side female cousins are on antidepressants and I have watched every single one of them balloon up in weight shortly after beginning their meds. PLEASE don't make such statements to people who are already struggling with depression and being overweight. You certainly are NOT helping anyone by making such unfounded statements.

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