I had been on Wellbutrin but had to stop due to increased agitation and rage issues. I am now on Celexa and have noticed weight gain. I also wake up with puffiness around the eyes. Has anyone experienced this? Will it go away?? The Celexa is supposed to treat depression, but if I keep gaining weight, I really WILL be depressed!!
2 Dec 2011
when I was on celexa well I was taking the generic forms I noticed the total opposite weight loss it was somewhat like an appetite suppressant for me loved it i need to get back on it because I've been spazzing out and my depression/ppmd is always up and down and when my ppmd kicks in I go into rage mood and that's so not good
8 Feb 2011
I'm on Effexor but in my personal experience I found that my 'need' to have a fit body dissapeared once I started taking AD's about ten years ago. In reality I am now over weight and the scale keeps going up. I'm finding this hard to explain... but I know my wieght is bad for me and I know what I have to do, I just can't seem to get the motivation or 'fire' in my brain to do it. I feel like that part of me (along with some others) has gone numb. Almost like I don't care. Then, when I go to put my jeans on and realize how tight they are or just don't fit anymore, I'm depressed! In the past, if I even saw a tiny muffin top forming, I was on it like white on rice!
I just can't seem to regrasp my old self... in that way. Honestly I feel like I am travelling in a vicious circle. It just makes me wonder if it's the actual meds putting the weight on us, or a numbness to that part of our minds now. I guess I thought I was stronger than this.
23 Feb 2010
I took celexa for 7 months and gained 30lbs. It did great for my panic attacks but the weight gain was horriable. I am now on cymbalta and it works great as well. I still gain weight but not as fast as I did with celexa. I just started taking xenical for weight loss and in 4 days lost 2 lbs. Hopefully this will help.
5 Oct 2012
I refuse to take Celexa due to it interfering with alertness I have ADHD. That is all I need is to be distracted and not alert! AND now that I hear about Lantus I may refuse that too. I am doing Humalog 75/25. It is very difficult to control the sugars.I also have had a gastric stapling many years ago and have serious digestion problems.This is one frickin' nightmare to say the least.
15 Jan 2013
OMG, I can't believe how many people have gained weight with Celexa. I am freaking out here. I have been on it since last summer and have gained at least 10 pounds. I am overweight as it is, like I needed any more help. I am seriously calling my doctor. I am only taking it for help with PMDD! It has helped with that but I would rather deal with that then gain any more weight.
12 Jun 2012
When I first started taking an antidepressant, I was started on Lexapro. I really liked it. It worked, plus made me lose some extra pounds. The cost got to be too much for me, so I was switched to citalopram. I have been on citalopram now for six years. I was totally unaware of the side effect of weight gain and wish I would have known. I have slowly gained around 20 pounds over the last six years. I thought it was because I was making bad food choices all these years, when in reality I was eating pretty much the same thing. Now I see these forums and people are talking about weight gain with it. Bupropion was added just yesterday to my citalopram because I just kind of feel "numb"... not sad or upset or anything, just not as emotionally responsive to things I normally would be. I'm hoping it works and I can get off the citalopram altogether. I'm told also that bupropion helps to reverse the side effects of citalopram, so we'll see.
3 Oct 2009
Valatron: I too am taking Celexa. I've been on it approx 2 months, starting @ 20mg and up to 40mg. Yes, I packed on some weight myself, like 10-12 lbs.! Hefty Sinch Sac is what I feel like!Ha! I suppose it is one of the side effects of this med but all in all, if that's the only amount of weight that I am to gain(?), then I'll take that anyday over the debilitating effects that depression brings! If I am to gain more weight, I might have a different response in the future! Gotta laugh at something, even if it is myself!Ha! Best of luck to you-
21 Feb 2012
I'm also on Celexa and have been for over a year now. I too, have also experienced the weight gain and puffy eyes. So I totally understand what you are going through. I was disappointed at the weight gain, but have come to find that walking, along with a good diet seems to help. The puffy eyes, well, I'm yet to figure out that one. People always say to me "you look so tired", even though I don't feel that way. Maybe an ice pack on the eyes after waking will take down a bit of the swelling. I hope this helps and take care.
12 Jun 2012
Ohhhhhhhhh YESSSSSSSSSS went from 145 to 170 and still climbing. That's the scary part is the accelerated weight gain ... every time I've been to the doctor I've been 5 pounds heavier ... and because of the hold that pharmaceuticals have on the medical community the doctors just say ... exercise and watch your snacks ... well guess what ... I am an 'exerciser' - always have been always will be.
24 Oct 2012
Hi I have been on the wellbutrin for 14 days now while I was weaning off the celexa and after I was done taking that and using Wellbutrin alone, I started to have panic attacks, nervousness, insonmia, and fast to anger for no reason. I wanted off the celexa because of weight gain. It did make me sleepy. I have now asked my Doc to give me 10mg of celexa(was taking 20mg) and 150mg of wellbutrin(for energy and to hope help with weight loss).I started that today and for some reason I already better. Try them both together if ur doc will allow cause wellbutrin helps with weight loss and the celexa helps with anxiety-irritability. Good luck
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