Difficulty in Gaining Weight because of Anti-depressants.

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    Sep 28, 2009 3:44 AM GMT
    I wanted to start the counter thread to Gaining Weight on Anti-depressants.

    I've been on Celexa for the last 2.5 years, and I'm having a hard time gaining weight.

    I wouldn't trade though, the peace of mind I've achieved, as I suffered from suicidal depression for many years.

    I've seem to have hit my plateau at 164lbs, and I have noticed some muscle gain, but still feel very thin.

    My goal was to reach 175lbs, and even though I am eating more, the meds are making it quite difficult.

    Has anyone else experienced this side effect as well, on their meds?

    I won't even talk about the sexual side effects of the meds....that's a whole 'nother thread!icon_lol.gif
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    Sep 28, 2009 5:48 PM GMT
    Celexa causes far more problems with weight gain than weight loss. In a small percentage of individuals, Celexa and other SSRIs may cause weight loss.
    It is unclear why Celexa does this, but factors such as loss of appetite, nausea, and diarrhea (all potential side effects) may contribute to the unintended weight loss. Weight gain may be a complication of depression and as the depression resolves weight may be lost. On average, people lost only about a pound while taking the drug. However, it is possible for people to experience significant weight loss with Celexa.
    For some individuals it may be difficult to gain weight because of genetics. Sometimes medical problems such as an over active thyroid can cause problems gaining weight. You should discuss the weight concerns with your physician.
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    Sep 28, 2009 6:03 PM GMT
    I did gain a few pounds, maybe 5 after I started taking them.

    But that was more due to my inactivity at the time.

    That easily came off once I joined the gym, which was probably nothing more than fat.

    So now the goal is to gain more muscle.

    Everything has checked out A-OK from my doctor.
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    Sep 28, 2009 6:11 PM GMT
    Ive been off and on Zoloft for about the last 9 years and take medication for anxiety (xanex) from time to time as well. the only thing I ever noticed... particuarly with zoloft was getting adujusted to it in the beginning. I felt like a zombie with bad mood swings, i wouldnt want to eat much at all. I would get the runs, and be throwing up.... honestly lots and lots of shit came on at the beginning. Once transitioned on to the medication... I did okay. Hated the sexual side-effects but thats another post. In general most people gain weight while on anit-depression medication. most people I know that have taken Celexia have gain weight. I think the other guy is right... I would get your tyhroid checked. It could also explain your depression as well. good luck.
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    Sep 28, 2009 6:17 PM GMT
    Medical marijuana. 'nuf said.
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    Sep 28, 2009 8:21 PM GMT
    I guess I'm one of the lucky ones that didn't gain weight from Celexa.

    I had physical done just recently, and I got a clean bill of health.

    Plus I've always been naturally thin, get that from my grandfather on my mom's side.

    I too remember the first time I took Celexa, was zombie for days, in a good way, very meeelllllllllllllllllooooooooooooooowwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww!icon_cool.gif


    Jimmy Hendrix had nothing on me!

    But I also experienced major moods swings until the I became accustomed to the drug.

    My depression...screwed up childhood, trying to be straight...nuff said.

    And the sexual side effects....don't need Viagra, but good gawd, my train most of the time never reaches its destination.icon_redface.gif

    Nothing worse than blue balls that last a week! LOL

    (TMI?)
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    Sep 28, 2009 10:08 PM GMT
    I swear I'm not trying to be judgemental when I say that I'm struggling to see where these 10 extra lbs is going to get you. As someone who's dealt with some depression and anxiety to a lesser degree. I think there is a tendency for us to use our bodies as a coping mechanism because it's something we do have control over. When clinically depressed, we can't control our moods...we live amongst walls of pain that seem insurmountable.

    I think regardless of where we can go with our bodies, there'll always be something else to "fix." You have your physical and psychological health now...what more can you really ask for.
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    Sep 28, 2009 10:40 PM GMT
    soulman1969 saidI guess I'm one of the lucky ones that didn't gain weight from Celexa.

    I had physical done just recently, and I got a clean bill of health.

    Plus I've always been naturally thin, get that from my grandfather on my mom's side.

    I too remember the first time I took Celexa, was zombie for days, in a good way, very meeelllllllllllllllllooooooooooooooowwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww!icon_cool.gif


    Jimmy Hendrix had nothing on me!

    But I also experienced major moods swings until the I became accustomed to the drug.

    My depression...screwed up childhood, trying to be straight...nuff said.

    And the sexual side effects....don't need Viagra, but good gawd, my train most of the time never reaches its destination.icon_redface.gif

    Nothing worse than blue balls that last a week! LOL

    (TMI?)


    Oh i can relate to the blue balls... took me FOREVER to orgasm and when i did it was like muted... horrible! Did they check your hormone levels? thats usually a big indicator of problems with your thyrod and its not usually checked for unless they suspect it. tyroid problem run in my family so its something we look out for.
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    Sep 29, 2009 3:38 AM GMT
    Runninchlt saidI swear I'm not trying to be judgemental when I say that I'm struggling to see where these 10 extra lbs is going to get you. As someone who's dealt with some depression and anxiety to a lesser degree. I think there is a tendency for us to use our bodies as a coping mechanism because it's something we do have control over. When clinically depressed, we can't control our moods...we live amongst walls of pain that seem insurmountable.

    I think regardless of where we can go with our bodies, there'll always be something else to "fix." You have your physical and psychological health now...what more can you really ask for.



    No offence taken.

    To be honest,I've never really asked myself that question.

    My answer is that I don't see an adult when I look in the mirror, still see the gawky 12 year old boy, and sometimes, he makes his presence known.

    The working out has definitely made me more comfortable in my own skin.

    I never wore short sleeve shirts or t-shirts out in public until the last few years.

    I had a thorough physcial back in April, everything was normal.

    Other than the delayed climax, everything else is fairly normal.

    I have to lie and say I'm into tantric sex!icon_lol.gif
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    Sep 29, 2009 3:55 AM GMT
    Please,

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    You

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    fiend!

    If you want to gain weight you should limit your cardio- If you are doing cardio-. If you aren't doing any cardio- well.... you can always try eating fast food. That'll put some weight on you. ^_^ No seriously, I read a few articles in a couple of books that said that professional bodybuilders sometimes cheat, i.e. don't only eat chicken and rice, and spend most of their time eating tacos at Taco Bell.
    You honestly cannot blame everything on psycho-pharmaceuticals, it sure is easy to though. You should track the amount of calories you consume each day and then post your approximate calorie intake per day, and the level of intensity of your workouts. That way people (_chuck_) can make some suggestions as to what you can do to increase your weight.

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    Sep 29, 2009 4:07 AM GMT


    A psychiatrist friend of mine claims his patients have good results in lessening SSRI induced ejaculatory delay by taking Viagra (or Cialis or Levitra) - even if they do not have erectile dysfunction. Another alternative for some people is to ask your doctor to add Wellbutrin to your meds. Not only can enhance the benefical effects of SSRI's in some patients. It can also speed things up in the ka-boom dept.
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    Sep 29, 2009 4:12 AM GMT
    Sorry, I can't site any sources, so you might want to do some research online. But, I take celexa and wellbutrin. I recall reading that in men SSRI antidepressants decrease testosterone level. When mine was tested it was very low. Now I jam a big needle in my thigh once per week and give myself a testosterone shot (all legal and prescribed by a doc). So, you might want to look into this. Maybe you are not gaining because the med has driven down your testosterone level. Before you approach a doc about this it would be wise to do lots of research on your own. My experience is that most docs are woefully ignorant about hormone replacement therapy for men.
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    Sep 29, 2009 1:30 PM GMT
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    Sorry about that. I have a friend who's emails go on for days, and leaves me cross eyed by the time I finish reading them. I'm still in resume cover letter mode, so to me it looks ok.

    As for my testosterone levels, everything's ok, as I seem to be sprouting more hair out of my nose and ears, as it falls out of my head. Getting older is so much fun!icon_rolleyes.gif

    Think of it as my William Shatner way of online writing.icon_lol.gif