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Does Lexapro cause weight gain?

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kevinb1953 8 Jan 2022

As Masso said.. It sure is a possibility because I have a friend who gained weight and she thought it was from that.

Best regards,

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WildcatVet 8 Jan 2022

Hi, CeeCee!
Most, if not all, psychotropic medications can potentially cause weight gain in some people. Lexapro:
Common (1% to 10% of users): Decreased appetite, increased appetite, weight increased"
I took Lexapro for over 7 years and never gained any weight at all.
Best regards,

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masso 8 Jan 2022


I was on Lexapro for a year and did not gain any weight, I take it it varies from person to person according to how one´s metabolism adjusts and adapts to this medication.

Weight increased is considered a common potential side effect which affects 1% to 10% of people taking this antidepressant.
On the other hand weight decreased is considered an uncommon potential side effect which affects 0.1% to 1% of people being treated with this antidepressant.

All the best, masso

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