Posted by: Bride to Be | 2009/04/23

Leximal 10mg and weight gain

I am on Leximal 10mg per day for Panic attacks - the medication is working wonders with very few side effects.

I read that one of the side effects is weight gain. I currently am overweight (I weigh 65kgs and I am 5 foot 3) I am trying to get to my goal of 60 kg for the wedding. (It is in 3 months time, I want to be 57 kg but I am aiming for 60 right now)

It took me nearly a year to lose 10kg or the 15 I put on the last time I was on medication (I was on serlife)

I worked out 5 days per week and followed a strict diet then but it didnt help. I am worried that I might start to gain weight on the Leximal despite my efforts at dieting and gyming 5 days per week. Is there anyway to counteract the severity of the weight gain or is it pointless?

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Good to hear that the medicin has been so helpful. Weight gain is a POSSIBLE side-effect with many anidepressants, but is not compulsory. When becoming Depressed, some of us eat more, and gain weight ; and some eat less, and lose it, so some, recovering from depression, gain weight as part of a return to normalcy.
There's no chemical way to counteract this potential effect ( in SOME people ) on a drug. But consult a dietician to be sure you're on an optimal diet and exercise plan, that is likely to be effective and not excessive, and you should be fine.

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