Weight gain, like many other side-effects can vary greatly from one individual to the next, so simply recommending any medication that may have worked for some, may lead to the opposite desired outcome.
I would first recommend a diagnosis of exactly what your condition is (that is, if that has not already taken place). If it has taken place, recommendations should be made by the physician. These meds need a minimum of 7-10 days / 2-3 weeks before any true effectiveness can be realized, and any adjustments in dosage or changes in medication be made, that is, with ample time to gradually get off one before starting another if that is the scenario that develops.
A nutritionist should also be consulted to explore if there are weight gain tendencies already present prior to starting any meds.
I agree with all the above, but would like to add according to the PDR medical drug info, there are some drugs whose side effects suppress appetite, and others tend to stimulate the appetite. Fluoxetine,aka Prozac, side effect is an appetite suppressant . I have been on it and I agree it has that affect. However it for me it also suppressed other sensations also, which I did not like.. Also FYI with depression one tends to be inactive, eat the wrong foods, and that can lead to weight gain regardless of the meds. I have also been on drugs which stimulate appetite, yet with motivation I actually lost weight. Just some thoughts to consider. Good Luck!
I have been on them all:
- Lyrica: weight gain, appetite increase
- Cymbalta: no weight gain, but so many side effects and interactions with other drugs.
- Neurontin: no weight gain, but again so many side effects and interactions - worsened depression associated with Chronic pain.
- Savella: weight gain, IBS with cramping, diarrhea
- Flexeril, Elavil... both improve sleep, others don't, but IBS, cramping may be side effect... Elavil: weight gain, ? Flexeril.
- Narcotics: no weight gain, but not much help for fibromyalgia pain, stiffness.
- Valium: good for anxiety, tension, muscle spasms, and sleep. No weight gain.
I take all these meds and I am weaning because too dangerous interactions... especially with Cymbalta and Tramadol. Now I take Valium, Benadryl, and 10 mg melatonin for sleep.
I have read that people are having some success with just plain mucinex... I may try this once weaned off these heavy duty drugs. I have fusion, so I need pain relievers for that, but also need to manage my fibromyalgia/CFS... good luck...
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