Posted 8/1/2007 12:55 PM (GMT -6)
I have been on Cipralex for 2 months now (which I believe is the Canadian brand name of Lexapro?) and have lost about 8-10 lbs. I was wondering if others had the same experience too.

I gained weight on Effexor so I was surprised to turn around and lose weight on a different med. I don't have much of an appetite, although occasionally I get an intense sweets craving. People keep commenting on my weight loss as well, as I'm a pretty short/small person to begin with. I guess there is an assumption out there that depressed people only gain weight?

I do think that I was stress eating while on Effexor though - lots of pastries/cookies/sugar/carbs, etc. Sitting on the couch, stuffing my face, not exercising. Now I'm feeling a bit better since being on Cipralex, even though it's only been 2 months - exercising more, etc. So I don't know if it's the Cipralex itself or just feeling a bit better that has caused the weight loss - prob. a combination of both?
Posted 8/1/2007 2:22 PM (GMT -6)

Hello bluestorm,

Well I have heard that story both ways but most of the people I have talked with are just the opposite. My friend lost 45 lbs on Effexor. I have been on Lexapro, and I gained, but I seem to gain and hold on to the weight.

Each person is different and if you were stress eating and now feel better that may be the cause, or just going off the Effexor may have caused the weight loss.

Others will have some info for you so stay with us and keep on posting.

This is a wonderful group of supportive, caring members.


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Posted 8/5/2007 6:44 AM (GMT -6)
Here's a good update...I still am losing weight yet it seems to have stabilized (I lost a lot very rapidly). Im trying much harder to eat when hungry!, rather than waiting for a specific meal. Grazing seems to be the way to go. I think it's harder (Lillady) when you are small framed as we are because going from (in my case) from a size 8 to a 4 makes people shake their head and say "what's wrong with you" rather than "Gee, you are looking great"! Now I have started lifting small weights in hope of defining this tiny frame and also feeling better about we all know excercise makes a difference w/ depression...real hard to do when you're depressed and anxious though!
Thanks for everyone's thoughtful input!

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