I just started taking this medication and am trying to plan a wedding and don't want to put on a lot of extra weight so I can fit in my dress.
25 Aug 2012
Hi Jeanne 13 & welcome to the site. I agree with the answer you received from Pledge about the weight gain on this med. I have a personal theory about this problem people seem to have with weight gain on antidepressants. I wonder if because they start feeling better, they don't start eating better or maybe more even, & that could be why they start to gain weight. I have seen this with my hubby too. I believe as long as your diet doesn't change or as long as you eat healthy, you should be fine. I am giving you the link to this med below in blue so you can read about it too if you like. Weddings can be so much fun especially in the planning, but we surely want that dress to fit correctly too, Wishing you the best...
22 May 2013
I gained 20 pounds in 2 weeks from this medication and can't lose it. I have purging anorexia so I know for a fact I was not eating an excessive amount in the hospital when this happened. I am devastated and finding it very hard not to self-harm as a result. Very, very unhappy with this medication. :-(
25 Aug 2012
Hi Jeanne, I hate to disagree, but nortriptyline is definitively known for it's side effect of weight gain.
But if you are very careful you can keep the calories down. Nortrip does cause cravings of sugar and carbohydrates, as you've probably noticed.
Just try to exercise more and cut down on carbs and sugar.
Best wishes to you
16 Apr 2014
For me, it caused rapid weight gain. While it does cause you to feel hungry and crave carbs and sugar, even if you don't overeat you will still gain weight. The reasons: It causes constipation, enlarged breasts and milk production (even in men!), inflammation and inappropriate antidiuretic hormone secretion (water retention caused by hormone imbalances). I have health issues which require me to make sure I get enough protein, carbs and calcium every day so I write down everything I eat along with calories, protein, carb and calcium content. I eat about 1,200 calories a day and walk three miles every day. Even with what I consider to be a moderate amount of food intake and a good activity level, I gained about 3 lbs. a week without even trying. I guess it really depends on the person because not everyone apparently experiences weight gain. But just know that if you do gain weight, it's not you or what you're eating. It's the Nortriptyline and you are not going crazy! :)
- Nortriptyline Information for Consumers
- Nortriptyline Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Nortriptyline (detailed)
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