Which causes less or no weight gain?

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americandancer
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   Posted 6/23/2007 10:58 PM (GMT -7)   
From everyone's personal experiences, which is less likely to cause weight gain, but actually work for anxiety/panic disorder?  Cymbalta, zoloft, or lexapro  Thanks in advance! yeah

stkitt
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   Posted 6/24/2007 6:44 AM (GMT -7)   

I would like to know the answer to that one too. The literature from Pharm companies usually list both, big help that is. tongue

I had a friend on Effexor that lost 45 pounds but was it the depression or the drug?

Thanks for putting the question out there?  yeah


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Tara28
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   Posted 6/24/2007 9:10 AM (GMT -7)   
2 of them I am not familiar with, but my GP said lexapro is the best tolerated and newest one out there, and almost no one gains on it..
I've been on it a week and a bit and lost 3lbs. not noticing any change in appetite, but I think its different for everyone.
Good luck.

americandancer
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   Posted 6/24/2007 10:42 AM (GMT -7)   
That's good to know about lexapro.  I've tried it before for anxiety and loved it, but I broke out in a weird rash.  My dr. said I could try it with an antihistamine, but then we moved on to cymbalta.  My dr. prefers zoloft, but does admit it can cause weight gain after awhile.  I know some people will remind me that it is different for everyone, but I would just like an overall opinion.  On some sites, I read where someone took one med and then gained like 60 pds.!  How can that happen overnight with no warning? 
 
I have a friend on effexor also and she loves it for depression, but I've noticed her weight goes up and down.
 
I guess it is the million dollar question!

tangerine bear
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   Posted 6/24/2007 12:54 PM (GMT -7)   
Tara28 said...
2 of them I am not familiar with, but my GP said lexapro is the best tolerated and newest one out there, and almost no one gains on it..
I've been on it a week and a bit and lost 3lbs. not noticing any change in appetite, but I think its different for everyone.
Good luck.
Hi,
 
I've been on Lexapro for 2-1/2 years now, and I gained a significant amount of weight on it (20+ lbs), but it was the only antidepressant I seemed to be able to tolerate. I tried zoloft before the Lexapro, and lost weight on that one, but it gave me jumpy muscles really bad, so I had to quit that one. My best friend is on Cymbalta and loves it... I would like to try it at some point, but I hate to rock the boat. I was recently diagnosed with Type II diabetes, and have to be on a strict diet, so some of that weight is coming off now. I personally think when the depression goes, the appetite comes back (just a theory, LOL) tongue . Nobody wants to gain weight, but every med reacts differently on different people and the main thing is to get feeling better! ((((Hugs)))) to all,
 
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   Posted 6/24/2007 3:16 PM (GMT -7)   

noanxiety meds cause any weight gain or loss, its just a fable

fear of weight gain is a popular excuse for not taking them


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stkitt
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   Posted 6/24/2007 3:22 PM (GMT -7)   

Hey Everyone,

Great answers.  I agree Bear, when people feel better they start to eat except me, I eat when I am happy and I eat when I am sad..........not fair. I am glad I do not have to deal with the bipolar meds.

Some of the bippolar meds are notorious for huge weight gains, we are talking 45-60 lbs. Depakote is an example.

Weight gain is very common at medium or high doses, but not common at 1000mg or less.   Fortunately, it does not “sneak up” on you.   You will notice a huge increase in appetite first.  You want to eat frequently, eat a lot, and even feel hungry just after eating. 

I will live with the Antidepression meds if it helps me.

((((((((HUGS)))))))))

 


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Post Edited (stkitt) : 6/24/2007 7:24:53 PM (GMT-6)


americandancer
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   Posted 6/24/2007 4:32 PM (GMT -7)   
I can live with it, too, if it helps the anxiety/panic/depression. I'd just like to find the one that works and causes the least amount of weight gain! It would appear from some it's lexapro. Any other suggestions?

Aussieangel
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   Posted 6/24/2007 5:47 PM (GMT -7)   
Zoloft was my wonder drug until my body grew tolerant to it, I also gained weight on it, but it was worth being mentally healthy.

harry4
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   Posted 6/24/2007 10:56 PM (GMT -7)   
some anxiety meds can increase the apetite and cause compulsive eating, mirtazepine is nototious for this

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tangerine bear
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   Posted 6/25/2007 6:49 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi americandancer,

When I first started antidepressants, I had to go through several different ones before finding one that didn't give me any horrid side effects... first the zoloft (which made me feel great mentally, but gave me the twitches... I lost weight on that one, but my doc said I must be the only one LOL), effexor (horrid headaches), welbutrin (made me VERY anxious), and finally the Lexapro. Cymbalta wasn't around then I suppose, because I've never tried it. It's very frustrating to have to go through the trial and error phase, but once you get on one that actually makes you feel better, it will be worth it. Good luck with the meds and let us know how it's going.

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