I also take Xanax and Seroquel as needed in a crisis. I have Dysthemia (chronic low mood) with periodic bouts of Major Depression. I also have anxiety and mild OCD. I had a hysterectomy about the same time I started using anti-depressants. I have gained almost 50 lbs over the years. Has anyone else experienced weight gain on Celexa and has anyone had success losing weight while on it?
many people gain weight on celexa, and, as far as I know, none are successful taking it off. celexa prevents it.
Did you realize that in June 2009, the FDA banned Seroquel for use in (off label) usage for anxiety due to the high numbers of completed suicides, heart attacks, and strokes?
Also, using Xanax on a "need to" basis is very bad for you. Causes rebound anxiety. Better to use something like clonazepam on a regular basis.
You can lose weight on antidepressants, but I'd suggest changing antidepressants. Then eat only when you're really hungry, eat only what you're hungry for, stop when you're no longer hungry -- not when you're full (so it'll involve learning to listen to your body). You'll be "grazing" or eating as babies eat -- not on any predetermined schedule and not necessarily eating entire "meals". A piece of toast could be a meal, for example.
And start walking. And strolling is walking.
That's how I lost 300 pounds while on antidepressants (it took me three years) and have kept the weight off for 5 years.
I eat very small amounts of food (you'd be surprised how little it takes before you're "not hungry") several times a day, and walk every day (on a treadmill (at 1 mph inside when the weather's bad: best investment I ever made).
I was on Lexapro, which is hard to lose weight on, but I've heard that Celexa's harder.
Still, you can give it a try. I lost 300 and have kept it off. What's 50 compared to that?
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- Celexa Information for Consumers
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- Side Effects of Celexa (detailed)
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