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Old 02-24-2005, 06:32 PM
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Antidepressants and weight gain

I have been on Celexa for almost three years now. The first six months on it I lost quite a bit of weight and felt and looked great. However it didn't last!

I am 40 -50 lbs heavier and only five feet tall so it really shows. My dh keeps bugging okay okay nagging me to lose it every spare moment he can. I have soft feelings and low self confidence to begin with so it is hard to deal with. He does his share by making me walk with him on weekends, but no matter what I can't lose it. I do try to walk everyday and keep busy, but I don't sleep well at night so sometimes I need an afternoon nap. I have been ignoring the tiredness lately and staying awake and keeping busy during the day, but still have problems sleeping. I am awaiting an appointment at the sleep clinic.

Has anyone here went on a diet while on antidepressents and lost the weight and kept it off? What type of diet did you follow? Atkins and other low carbs are not good for me as I am vegetarian.
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Old 03-04-2005, 11:48 AM
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I don't have any experience with Celexa but was on Paxil for 3 years and gained a lot of weight while on it. I was on it while being treated for depression. All I could think of was that gaining all that weight was enough to make someone depressed!!! I couldn't figure out why I was gaining weight when I had not changed any of my habits, ate healthy and exercised regularly. (I even joined a gym) I finally consulted my doctor and she told me it was the Paxil. It was at that point I asked her to get me off it. NEVER stop taking an antidepressant suddenly as it can be very dangerous. You need to be tapered off gradually under a doctors supervision. Anyway, no matter how much I exercised and dieted while on the Paxil the weight would not come off but once I was off the medication I lost weight easily and quickly. Not sure if this helps or not. Antidepressants can be life savers but they can also have a lot of side effects.
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Old 03-04-2005, 11:56 AM
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I am on Effexor, and have been almost a year. I haven't had any weight gain, in fact I am losing weight. I am on it for menopausal symptoms, on a low dose. I don't know if that has anything to do with it.
Sleeping well does have an effect on weight gain/loss. I have found that the better I sleep, the less I eat and what I want to eat is better for me. I'm not after the chips and cookies as much and I want to drink more water rather than tea and soda.
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Old 03-04-2005, 04:00 PM
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Old 03-04-2005, 11:07 PM
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I was on Effexor for menopause symptons also.
I gained about 30 pounds on it before I realized that was causing the weight gain as I am on alot of other meds also for another prob.
I went off it as soon as I figured that out, but slowly of course since you cant just stop taking it. Too bad....cuz I really did like it but am glad I am not on it anymore.
Its not like I didnt need to gain a few pounds anyways, but it was a bit too much for me.
I joined a gym(all female gym) and I went on the Scarsdale diet. That diet is very healthy and they have a special section for Vegetarians. You dont have to measure or weigh your portions and you are never hungry on it. I used to use it years ago if I needed a quick weight loss for a vacation.
It claims you can lose 20 pounds in 14 days...Its a 2 week on, 2 week off with a "stay trim" program for the 2 weeks off.
It is called...."The Complete Scarsdale Medical Diet"
And the author is "Dr. Tarnower and Samm Sinclair Baker.

I did check with my primary and specialist doctors both, and they both approved it for me.
My hubby really needed to get in shape also and he really likes the diet foods. I was afraid cuz he is a typical "Meat and Potatoes" man's man!
But you can have Steaks, Lamb, Hamburger, Chicken, Roasts
No potatoes though but you have a lot of room to improvise and the book does give you tons of recipes you you dont have to think alot! My kind of Diet!

So check it out....you may like it. In one week, my hubby has lost inches, Which he is very happy about....he wont weigh himself til end of 2 weeks which is next Monday. I have lost about 5 pounds so far in a week. But I work out everyday so I gain muscle too.
As long as I can get into my jeans comfy...Ill be fine!

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Old 03-07-2005, 01:38 AM
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Hi, I am on Wellbutrin and it has not given me the weight gain side effect. I too am vegetarian and I understand it is hard to find a diet that is healthy and follows the guidelines we have set for ourselves. I use a lot of soy and tofu in my diet. Since I stay away from dairy and such it really helps.
It is best to check with your dr. He may be able to suggest something or a good diet for you that will fit in all your needs and help you with the weight.
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Old 03-07-2005, 09:36 AM
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I'd like to use more soy in my diet. I'm leery about it because I've read that it's not good for cancer survivors.
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Old 03-09-2005, 07:27 AM
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Hi, I'm new here. I took Celexa for awhile (not 3 years) & I didn't have any side effects. Have you ever had your thyroids checked? Your symptoms sound like you may have hypothyroidism (I know, because I have it). Weight gain, feeling tired & sluggish all the time, dry skin & hair, low blood pressure, slow pulse, intolerance to cold are some of the symptoms. If you have any of these other symptoms, You may want to be checked by your doctor & if you have the condition, he can put you on a supplement. You may find this helps your depression also.

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Good thinking, Ziggy! I'm on Zoloft & eltroxin, a thyroid med. I haven't had any problems with weight gain.
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Old 03-09-2005, 03:10 PM
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Thanks everyone.

I did have my thyroid checked out last year. it is fine. I also have a mild Raynauds syndrome and there is a high rheumatism factor in my blood. Not sure what that means at this time.

I go in for a complete on the 16th. I want to ask her about changing to wellbutrin. We'll see what happens, I guess. I'll keep you posted.

Once again thank you for all the replys.
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