Has anyone gained weight while on Escitalopram?

Hopeful313

Hopeful313

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Hi everyone,

I am gaining so much weight since starting my treatment for anxiety and intrusive thoughts.

When I had my last episode of panic attacks, anxiety and intrusive thoughts, I weighed 130 pounds only. Then it plummeted down to 116 pounds because I couldn’t eat out of fear.

Since November, I’ve gained way more than expected. None of my pants and jeans fit me anymore. It’s unbelievable. I am not used to this weight and feel discomfort. Now I weigh about 153 pounds.
Has anyone gained weight after starting Escitalopram?
 
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I'm on 40mg escitalopram haven't noticed any change in my weight. It's sucks putting on weight, I wish you well buddy.
 
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I don't remember that happening with any SSRI (and I've been on quite a few of them, some had other side-effects, like uncontrollable twitching with Sertraline). It was Metazapine that caused substantial weight-gain, I couldn't stop eating when was on that, all I wanted to do was eat or sleep. I think that drug is really known for that.

But it does seem to vary by individual. Do you find you are constantly hungry? Or just more sedated and so less active?

I've always found my weight goes up when depressed and down when anxious. Anxiety, in my experience, really makes one lose the desire to eat. So I suppose if the med is working for the anxiety it could cause you to gain weight?

Can you ask your prescriber for help in managing this effect? I suppose it depends whether you were underweight to start with.
 
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I don't remember that happening with any SSRI (and I've been on quite a few of them, some had other side-effects, like uncontrollable twitching with Sertraline). It was Metazapine that caused substantial weight-gain, I couldn't stop eating when was on that, all I wanted to do was eat or sleep. I think that drug is really known for that.

But it does seem to vary by individual. Do you find you are constantly hungry? Or just more sedated and so less active?

I've always found my weight goes up when depressed and down when anxious. Anxiety, in my experience, really makes one lose the desire to eat. So I suppose if the med is working for the anxiety it could cause you to gain weight?

Can you ask your prescriber for help in managing this effect? I suppose it depends whether you were underweight to start with.
I don’t feel hungry but I can’t stop eating 🙂. It’s a weird feeling. It’s like it feels boring just sitting on the couch without eating.
I feel energetic at times.

At first, I was ok with it cause I’ve always been a skinny person but now it’s getting out of hand.

I’ll talk to my psychiatrist about it in my next appointment.

My anxiety goes up when thinking about changing my medication because this medication had saved my life.

Thanks for your time response and I appreciate it.
 
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