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Celery
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   Posted 1/14/2008 9:20 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi everyone.  I'm new to this forum, and just thought I'd introduce myself...
 
I'm 20, I was dx when I was in 8th grade.  I've been on antidepressents since.  Currently not taking my Lexapro (30 mg) becuase it makes me soooooooooooooooooooooo hungry and doesn't really help anyways. I think I've only gained 10 pounds or so, but my thighs feel massive and I've always been thin.  : (  I've got an appt with my psychiatrist soon...
 
Has anyone else gained weight while taking Lexapro?  My dr said it probably wouldn't, but clearly he was wrong. 
 
celery

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   Posted 1/14/2008 9:36 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Celery,

Welcome to the healing well depression forum. I don't know much about Lexapro except that it is a close cousin to effexor, what I take, but you should get some responses on this topic. Just wanted to welcome you.

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   Posted 1/15/2008 3:15 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi there and Welcome to HealingWell!

I think the main point that I wanted to make is that different people react differently to meds. I am aware that some people do gain weight on Lexapro but it is not as many as some other meds such as Fluoxetine and Wellbutrin. Do you know what your thighs measured before you started taking the meds? If so, you could look at the difference in measurement (if there is one) and see exactly how the meds are affecting your body. 10 pounds (assuming US lbs are the same as UK lbs) is not that much and I would not worry too much about it unless you feel it is effecting your overall health. Have you seen your doctor to get a general check-up? It might be that you actually needed to put on a bit of weight to bring your BMI (Body Mass Index) up a little into the NORMAL range. (I really am speculating here, since I dont know you! lol) If it is just your body image that you are unhappy with, then perhaps some councelling would help? I know there are probably millions of women out there that struggle with their body image even though there is nothing really wrong with it.

Please keep talking to us

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TammyGrl0528
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   Posted 1/15/2008 9:35 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey there Celery, and welcome to healingwell.

I took Lexapro for about 3 months or so. I was on 20 mg...and am actually shocked to hear you are on 30 mg, because I thought 20 mg was the highest dosage.

Anyway, in the 3 months I was on the Lexapro, I too gained weight, about 15 pounds. I do blame the Lexapro, because now I am on Effexor XR, and I am starting to lose the weight I had put on.

Everyone does react differently to each medication, but yes, your weight gain could be due to the Lexapro...it is a possibility for sure!

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   Posted 1/16/2008 4:47 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi there and welcome,
I gained on all of them but you have to work hard at eating healthy and exercise. I have been on the Lexapro too.  The AD's are not as bad as some of the Bipolar meds. 

Please do talk with your Physician.


 
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   Posted 4/15/2008 7:54 PM (GMT -7)   
Sometimes you can find a different med that helps also but doesn't cause the weight gain.

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iowasugar
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   Posted 4/16/2008 3:25 PM (GMT -7)   
i have been on lexapro and wellbutrin and have been gaining a little weight but they both have the side effect of gaining weight so you just have to adjust your eating habits to know when you are actually hungry and when you are just eating to be eating because of the medications.

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   Posted 4/16/2008 3:39 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Sugar,

Welcome to Healing Well,

I know that you will find that this is wonderful place to come. People here are so kind and considerate. I hope that you post more.

Hugs, Karen
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   Posted 4/16/2008 9:09 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Annie,

Welcome to Healing Well.

There are a bunch of wonderful people here. They are very kind and compassionate.

Hugs, Karen
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