Posted by: Jess | 2011/07/09

Can antidepressants cause weight gain and what pills to treat it?

I''ve been on antidepressants for almost 2 years now and have put on 18kg''s. Could the antidepressants cause it? Im seeing my doc in a few days time to ask about prescription diet pills. What ones do you recommend?

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Yes, unfortunately antidepressants can cause weight gain. Depression on its own can cause an increase in appetite. Ask your doctor to evaluate if your depression is well controlled. I do not recommend any appetite depressants, as they all have adverse side effects.

Rather structure your life in such a way that you can accomodate 45 minutes of streneous exercise daily. I also suggest that you follow a sensible diet, as a lifestyle change and not a short crash diet that would not sustain weight loss, is the best solution.

If you do a positive lifestyle change, you will feel much better about yourself and I predict that you will be able to lesson the dose of your antidepressant.


Dr Anrich

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Posted by: Natanya | 2011/07/11

Hi Jess, I have been on various antodepressants for a few years now and have found that it increases by apetite. I have now changed to Paxil - the generic for Aropax I think - and that seems to help. I have been told by my doc that you cannot use diet pills together with antidepressents. Good luck !!

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