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During the second and third years of taking antidepressants, a patient’s risk of a 5 percent weight gain was about 46 percent higher than that of nonusers, researchers found. The study looked at 12 common antidepressants: Remeron, Cymbalta, Zoloft, Effexor, Celexa, Prozac, Lexapro, Desyrel, Elavil, Paxil, Pamelor and Prothiaden. During the second and third years of taking antidepressants, a patient’s risk of a 5 percent weight gain was about 46 percent higher than that of nonusers, researchers found. These include: Certain tricyclic antidepressants, such as amitriptyline, imipramine (Tofranil) and doxepin. Certain monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs), such as phenelzine (Nardil) Paroxetine (Paxil, Pexeva), a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) Mirtazapine (Remeron), which is.

Long-term use of the following SSRIs may cause weight gain: paroxetine (Paxil, Pexeva, Brisdelle) sertraline (Zoloft) fluoxetine (Prozac) citalopram (Celexa). During the second and third years of taking antidepressants, a patient’s risk of a 5 percent weight gain was about 46 percent higher than that of nonusers, researchers found. The study looked at 12 common antidepressants: Remeron, Cymbalta, Zoloft, Effexor, Celexa, Prozac, Lexapro, Desyrel, Elavil, Paxil, Pamelor and Prothiaden. The older types of antidepressants (tricyclics) and the medication mirtazapine appear more likely to cause weight gain for this reason.

Other types of antidepressants may have different effects on appetite and metabolism. And there are probably genetic factors determining your. During the second and third years of taking antidepressants, a patient’s risk of a 5 percent weight gain was about 46 percent higher than that of nonusers, researchers found.

The study looked at 12 common antidepressants: Remeron, Cymbalta, Zoloft, Effexor, Celexa, Prozac, Lexapro, Desyrel, Elavil, Paxil, Pamelor and Prothiaden. Types that may cause weight gain Tricyclic antidepressants (TCAs) Monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs) Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) Atypical antidepressants. Some antidepressants appear to encourage more weight gain than others. For example, Paxil (paroxetine) is believed to be the SSRI most likely to cause weight gain. 3  We are all wired differently.

An antidepressant that works well for one person may not be as effective for another. Up to 25% people on antidepressants tend to pack extra pounds. However, there are a few that cause weight loss, while others do not affect weight.

Taking Paxil (class of antidepressants belonging to the SSRI group) carries the highest risk of gaining weight, while taking Zoloft (another SSRI) has the lowest risk of gaining weight.

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Although antidepressant medication can have side effects that include weight gain, most research to date has found no differences in studies of participants with depression who undergo pharmacological treatment compared to those who do not (Luppino et al., 2010).

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Antidepressants, mainly tricyclic antidepressants and MAOIs, are more likely to cause weight gain than selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs).

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Most antidepressants and mood stabilizers cause weight gain, although bupropion often induces weight loss.

“Eating Disorders and Obesity: A Comprehensive Handbook” by Christopher G. Fairburn, Kelly D. Brownell
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by Christopher G. Fairburn, Kelly D. Brownell
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Among the atypical antidepressants, bupropion does not cause weight gain, but mirtazapine can cause significant weight gain, perhaps because of its potent antihistamine activity.

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Antidepressants can also cause a significant weight gain.

“Handbook of Drug-Nutrient Interactions” by Joseph I. Boullata, Vincent T. Armenti
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The following drugs may depress appetite4: • Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs): This class of antidepressants may cause anorexia and weight loss; an example is fluoxetine (Prozac).

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SSRIs do not typically cause weight gain but may cause loss of appetite and weight loss.

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However, about 10 percent of patients on longer-term antidepressant treatment do report weight gain (this may not become readily apparent until after a number of months of treatment).

“Handbook of Clinical Psychopharmacology for Therapists” by John Preston, John H. O'Neal, Mary C. Talaga
from Handbook of Clinical Psychopharmacology for Therapists
by John Preston, John H. O’Neal, Mary C. Talaga
New Harbinger Publications, 2010

Although antidepressants may either increase or decrease appetite in any individual patient, there is some evidence that mirtazapine can induce weight gain.

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Some antidepressants can cause weight gain.

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  • I put on 40lbs after taking paroexetine for Anxiety. I’d say about 30 lbs is from the medication itself and the other 10 lbs is because the stress from the anxiety kept my weight down.

  • you are lucky the weight barely shows i gained 100+ pounds on olanzapine seroquel and risperidone finally tapering off the seroquel now and am hoping the weight will sluff off but dont worry you look great! my knees hurt lol i cant even skateboard now! so i am hoping once i stop the seroquel the weight will go away wish you nothing but the best but seriously dont let it get you down you look fantastic!

  • Hi Dr Tracy, great video, I apologize if this is a stupid qestion, but does this mean that all anti-histamines such as phenergan (promethazine hydrochloride) also cause weight gain? Thanks.

  • Looks like I’ll have to train like an athlete for as long as I’m on this damn medication. I like that I feel happy, but I don’t want to be fat when I’m already trying to lose weight.

  • I gained a lot of weight from taking antidepressants and it sent me into a spiral of severe body dysmorphia. Because I am autistic I have the tendency to hyperfocus on one thing at a time and that’s really scary if you’re trying to lose weight. It almost always ends up in me getting obsessed with calories, comparing myself to others and starving myself.
    What I realized though, is that every single body I look at and want, is often the body of a person with an eating disorder.

  • I love your videos and understanding people with schizofrenia. I take meds for ocd and lost weight so I’m a little confused especially because I also started to eat sweets way more often ��

  • I wish I could sue for the antidepressants they gave me as a kid. The stuff messed me up so bad. I was fucking sad because my dad died and my moms boyfriends were abusive. I didnt have a fuckin chemical imbalance.

  • “Greasy stools, you might want to have your own bathroom so you don’t offend anyone.”

    Now I know what that racing stripe in my toilet the fuck is LOL

  • Thank you for your videos. I’ve searched for years about this. I gained 40 pounds in less than a year on Paxil. A Psychiatric nurse weaned me to fast office Paxil and I ended up in the hospital because of it. I hate looking at myself in the mirror. I have no control over my eating and it just makes me feel worse about myself. I feel hopeless about the continual weight gain. I am currently on Zoloft and Lamictal.

  • I took Zoloft for three years and gained 66 pounds. When is stopped taking them I lost all of it. Now I’m taking Luvox but I’m starting to gain weight again and I don’t eat more than before. I have exercised now for one month and I’m eating less but I haven’t lost a pound. EXERCISE AND EATING LESS DOES NOT WORK. I told my psychiatrist two months ago about my problem with weight gain and he Is not listening. Why do Psychiatrists ignore this problem?

  • I’ve been taking bupropion (Wellbutrin) for about 4 months. I’ve gained nearly 30 pounds. But I doesn’t look like I have. Should I be worried

  • I started taking Lexapro Jan 27 and I’ve switched to Zoloft 3 days ago. I switch because I gained 31 pounds on Lexapro while I was still dieting and exercising. I also tracked my calories and carbs intake with MyFitnessPal. My depression got so much worse on Lexapro and I used to get migraines and headaches. Hopefully Zoloft is different and I can finally lose this unwanted weight. So far I have no symptoms, just gassy and a bit more energetic ��

  • I took seroquel for 5 months and went from 59-70kg very quickly. I’m an athlete and kept working out the entire time, 2+ hour lifting sessions 5x/week in the gym. Now Im off it and I can’t lose any weight at all. It’s incredibly disheartening and frustrating. I also did a dexa before and after I took it and I went up 10% in body fat, gained no muscle, and lost a small percentage of bone density.

  • Antipsychotics and antidepressants destroy your cortical matter and make you.more susceptible to psychosis, depression, dementia, and many other disorders. If you have a psychotic episode and go on antipsychotics, you could have psychosis for life that could have been avoided by simply not taking antipsychotics… You feel not heard, abused, and stigmatized by the mental health system? Because its tearing you and everyone trapped in it apart, people who were already vulnerable to begin with. No matter how well you try to live, you will always be a prisoner not of schizophrenia, but of the people and things that are supposed to help you

  • I’m not on anti-psychotics but I do take meds for my epilepsi that a lot of people do take for conditions such as schizophrenia and bipolar 1 and and 2. So I’ve experienced the extreme weight gain and crazy hunger. I just had to see other people talk about this.

  • I was about 60 pounds heavier than I am now when I was on medication. Plus the meds caused severe hyperhidrosis and I would sweat like a pig from the smallest amount of activity. I was so miserable.

  • i have never been able to lose the weight i gained with my meds. does anyone know of a mechanism that couldve been turned off in my body? i never ate more i just got bigger and that was it. its been a nightmare since. its been 5 years and i havent lost the weight.

  • It cause me to have diabetes. Everytime i try to fight the hunger i get painfull headache i tell my family and doctors this they just ignore me like it aint nothing because it doesnt bother them. Im around a lot of selfish people A lot. Or maybe they dont give a shit about what im going through because they dont care for me. Of course my parents who neglected me as a child why would i think they would care.

  • I went on meds a few months ago that caused me to gain 50+ pounds in like 4 months. I just posted a video talking about the emotional toll it took. You video was very helpful <3 I'm glad we have a platform to talk about this stuff.

  • A huge weight gain was something I did not tolerate. This is not a minor side effect. The doctors have to come up with a good weight control plan or they can keep their meds.

  • Stay away from sugar like my mom said,” only way to lose weight is eating too much and sugar, if you stay away from it, you’ll lose weight and you won’t have any bad symptoms anymore, but if you go back to eating and drinking sugar, you’ll end up gaining all that weight back on and you’ll regret it, don’t make that same eating and drinking sugar mistakes again and if you will listen to your body you won’t have no worries����

  • Its not true at all, i loose all my hunger on pills. I dont have much though without them either but nonetheless, not all gain weight.

  • I have bipolar 2, unfortunately I spend 9 months mostly depressed. I only have hypomania so I am really never energetic enough for anything! I suffer from severe insomnia and take seroquel 200 mg at night otherwise I am up every 3 hours. I do like lifting weights, that is the only thing that has helped me with my depression. I used to run half marathons but I started getting heel pain (plantar fasciitis) can’t run anymore.:-(

  • I gained weight on the medication I’m taking about 10 pounds and I feel embarrassed or conscious about it. I think I’m going to stick to working out everyday at least 30 minutes to an hour. But some days I don’t have the motivation to work out or do anything active it’s really strange.

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  • if society didn’t treat fat people so badly it probably wouldn’t need to be such a major stressor for people trying to improve their health with these meds

  • Where have you been all my life? This information is highly appreciated! Thank God for this. It has been a year since Dr. Tracey Marks started. I wish she started earlier. ����

  • I took myself off Sertraline about two months ago and it has been a nightmare. I can’t believe how stressed and anxious I have felt and these feelings don’t seem to be abating. I can no longer see the point in continuing with life. I feel I have nothing. I’m in my late forties with no family and live on my own and feel a complete failure. I really believe it’s just a matter of time before I end it all. There’s very little keeping me going. I just don’t know what to do

  • Why are physicians still telling us BMI has anything to do with body fat percentage. It’s how much weight you carry for your height and not it’s composition.

  • I treat PTSD with sertraline, there is no way for me to get out of the meds as it helped me have my life back, I feel lucky that the meds are working on me, but geez I gained 30 kg in one year, thank God I was underweight when I started them, otherwise my life would have turned into hell with all the extra weight. I started taking this issue seriously before losing control of my body, and I lost 2 kg so far ( meh ), I feel that no nutritionist is tackling this problem, there must be something different that would work for those who are under antidepressants. Anyone know someone who did some solid tests, please share anything you know ����

  • My best “medicine” against weighr gain was my friends. The medicine made me inactive but my friends pushed me every day to do some kind of work out. I also changed my plates to smaller ones so I couldn’t overfill them. I was feeling a bit hungry after finishing the meal but it was a bit different. A bit like regular and diet soda. Both are sweet but you taste the difference. I did get munchies so I never purchased junk or if I didn’t resist, I’d had to walk to the furthest store and back to buy it. Didn’t always work of course but I didn’t gain much at all untillmy doc told me I didn’t need the meds. Best day of my life and best choise I did was starting the treatment. It wasn’t easy but the end result was totally worth it.

  • I have fibromyalgia which is causing a lot of chronic pain especially in my lower back, hips and feet. I am currently taking paxil cr 37.5 mg and glucophage xr 1000mg and I’ve gained over 50 lbs over 2 yrs. I’m unable to do any type of strenuous exercise because of the pain and I am an emotional eater. The most I can do is mild, gentle short workouts. What can I do to lose weight?

  • Can you do a video on how to deal with negative symptoms like lack of interest, reduced feelings (also not being able to feel happy) and thus limited expressions that stay when on meds? I am currently struggling with that and feel kinda sad about it..

  • I have schizoaffective. I have tried 1200kcal and exercising 5 times a week. I only lost 20 pounds in a year. I couldn’t sustain that lifestyle so I switched to just diet of 1200kcal a day. I kept gaining weight everyday, 5 pounds a month. Yes, I weighed everything I eat and recording everything I ate. I still gained weight. I feel so hopeless since I can’t stay on the 1200kcal diet, I’m so hopeless. I exercised 3 times a day and exercised with a trainer and the nutrition plan. I only lost 1 pound a month. I have asked my doctors and they just tell me to diet, which I already did, and exercise, which I already did. The lifestyle starved me too much so I don’t know what to do.

  • I was put on antipsychotics 5 years ago lost all my weight once then went back into psycosis got put back on them gained 50pounds I’m in the process of losing the weight again I’m 237 I was 262 only 27 pounds to go to get back were I was at 210 so it is possible just takes abit longer hope thos was helpful to some one and the weight loss happened in 4 months on and off 25lbs,I done it by intermittent fasting mainly plant based and exercise.

  • Dr. Marks. I take 100mg Quetiapine every day for Bipolar. It does indeed give me FEROCIOUS sugar cravings! Not like: I’d like to have a piece of pie… but more like: I want to eat this entire pie right now. The weight gain has been pronounced, but NOTHING like when I was on Depakote for the BPD. On Depakote, I went from 185lbs to 275lbs in about 14 months. That drug is nasty, and I’m so glad I’m off of it. Seroquel seems the next best thing. Depakote put me mentally in what I called “no-man’s land”: I was too drowsy to achieve anything or work…. but too stimulated to sleep. I just stayed in this medium haze in which I couldn’t do much of anything. Depakote also gave me NO satiety… I was always hungry for something, but I knew not what.

  • There are several medications that can be prescribed to address anti-psychotic weight gain, you should encourage people to talk to their doctor about these because sometimes diet and exercise do not work for this type of weight gain.

  • I’ve been on Zoloft, Lexapro and Moclobemide, and none caused any weight gain or make any difference at all. Most of the time I’m so anxious, I don’t have an appetite at all until about 10pm, and then it’s just for sweet, sugary things.

  • I was super under weight and struggled to gain anything.. teaches at school.. and friends mum’s always tried feeding me.. I’m assuming they thought I had an eating disorder.. but after a while on the meds I gained 15kg and i was just so happy about it.. since then I’ve gained more and i feel now that I’m happy with my body..

  • Wow, now I know why I gained 40kg in about 3 years �� I took paroxetine because of depression and… an eating disorder ������ I’m so mad now!!! I stopped taking paroxetine and could finally lose weight. I lost 25kg in about 1,5 years but there are still about 7kg to go… I would never take antidepressants again.

  • Does anyone have tips to get motivated while in depression? I’m bipolar and antipsychotics made me gain tons of weight, my mood is “stable” leaning more to depressed, I miss being hypo manic.

  • Dr Marks
    I found it this is the video! Vraylar what is the worst for gaining weight I’ve ever taken also Aripiprazole garbage ��. I am so happy to hear about these receptors I talk to my primary care about this problem and he goes I talk to the drug representatives and I said why do you put out these medications with this massive weight gain and he explained me that some of his patients are now diabetic from taking antipsychotics a friend of mine Laura from Mississippi has tardive dyskinesia really bad she takes three antipsychotics per day something needs to change the FDA is a freaking mess!
    Thank you very much for this informative video and help me get off some of these lousy medications. I hope somebody could read this and try Lamotrigine aka lamictal. The only part I don’t like about Lamotrigine is the headaches and the insomnia. Other than that no weight gain. I’ve lost 6 pounds since getting off of this cocktail of medications. Including vraylar Latuda Wellbutrin and trintellix. No thank you.
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  • My dr and I recently decided to add an adjunct medication to help manage the weight gain. I was eating mindfully and getting as much exercise as my body can handle (I have arthritis) and kept gaining. My weight is at the stage where it is impairing my mobility and worsening my bone health. The trio of psychiatric medication I use have kept me stable so we don’t want to mess with it.

  • Thank you Lauren for talking about this, I had been on olanzapine and felt depressed about my weight. I find it encouraging that someone understands.

  • I gained 8 kilograms in a year of being on paroxetine which was devastating. I’m finally coming off it and managing my anxiety through alternative methods and trying to slowly shift the weight.

  • SeroquHELL..good luck with it, people, i got none…i got ptsd since the army, with seroquhell i got TD, no sleep, falls, cataracts, headaches, boobs, loss of speech, loss of memory, can’t work, ur face will turn into a zombie one, people will run from you, even your family. Shrinks are chemical butchers.Good luck.

  • I am diagonised with bi-polar
    I am proscribed with olazapine and divalproex
    How much will I gain weight in 2 months
    I am a female
    Age -23
    Weight-43
    Height -5 3

  • I gained 12kg (26 pounds) in about a month…from 68kg to 80 kg(but lost some since*) but Im an average man tho so my state of mind actually improved lol

  • I gained 30 pounds on Paxil. Im doing Nutrasystem with Chromium Picolinate to try and lose the weight. Its hard. Best of luck to all. ������

  • I take 100mg of seroquel to sleep every night and sometimes to get through BPD “episodes”. I held off taking it for a long time bc I feared gaining weight but I didn’t gain any. Idk if it’s bc it’s a low dose. It makes me hungry at night so I usually eat some crackers or a cookie b4 sleeping and I do wake up hungrier

  • I’m on venaflaxine 150mg slow release daily
    Hydroxycloriquine 200 mg x2 daily
    Fexofenadine 180 mg 2x daily
    Some of the medications I’m on that I think have made me gain 7 stones

  • I was warned of the significant weight gain from antipsychotics from my psychiatrist, but it was still better than having psychosis, didn’t have much a choice.

  • Hi i’m on quatierpine have gained 4 stone and can’t seem to get it off anyone else on this medication is ish there was a different sort olanzapine was worse

  • I weigh more now on anti-depressants than I ever have. It is disappointing and depressing. I do not eat more than before. In fact I participated in a 12 week running program and did not lose any weight. Went up actually. I would think running would be better for the body than sitting on the sofa but it made no difference for me so I quit. I think these medicines actually prevent people from losing weight. It seems virtually impossible. I have started to exercise again and reduce what I eat. Every year I say this is the summer I will reach my weight goal but it never happens. Then I say, I guess next year. ��

  • I was put on a very high dose of Prozac to help with my binge eating and depression. I think it did help at the start but I’ve used it for years now and it seems to have worn off in its effects.

  • Changing from Olanzapine to Quetiapine helped a lot with this for me. I told my psychiatrist that I was putting lots of weight and he changed my meds.

  • I was diagnosed with anorexia and was prescribed olanzapine, but im too afraid of weight gain to take it and i dont want to start my treatment…

  • Thanks for the video content! Excuse me for the intrusion, I would appreciate your opinion. Have you heard the talk about Nanackson Guardo Philosophy (just google it)? It is a smashing one off guide for revealing the secret to get rid of panic attacks minus the normal expense. Ive heard some decent things about it and my work colleague finally got amazing success with it.

  • If this correlation does turn out to be a product of causation, the next path of investigation would be to find out what mechanism’s involved: somatic, behavioural, or both? Maybe the SSRIs’ precursors affected the gut microbiome more heavily than the current SSRIs do. And personally, though i think this is less common, i feel less hungry when i’m feeling down, so maybe the treatments are causing people to feel hungrier, which in turn causes them to put on weight. I want to see how wrong these hypotheses are shown to be, in years to come:D

  • i got psycosis diganosis after probably 4 session with shrink, i ate the pills as the shrinko told me to do, after 3 weeks i looked like a balooon with empty stare, i was not only fat, i was discusting fat, so what i did, i just trowed the pills in the garbage, started train and fired my shrinko and today i feel and look like a million dollar, i also ate herbs like aschwnaga herbs, macca etc which was very good for my mental state also for my already recovered libido.

  • Great video! Mirtazapine can cause weight gain. This side effect actually helped me with bulking up on my weights at the gym. The benefits of Mirtazapine are really awesome in reducing depression/anxiety. Just need to maintain a healthy diet with some sensible cardiovascular exercise. Peace out Alex ✌️

  • Hi Dr Tracy Marks. Congratulations on your quote “Why do you gain weight with antidepressants and mood stabilisers? inspirational thanks for sharing. Morine. ��

  • Your videos are helping me to better understand my friend who is living with schizophrenia, right now I have had to take a break from him as he has relapsed and I can’t have him in my life but i am here for him when he comes back to the program. He truly is a wonderful man and friend when he is living well with schizophrenia and I really miss his friendship. Thank you for helping better understand what it is like to live with this mental illness.

  • Wen I gained lot of weight because of meds I told my psychiatrist about it but he refused to admit that its bcz of meds my experiences with psychiatrists and psychologists are aweful. I’m from india and here doctors dont hav any empathy for the patient. One psychiatrist blamed me that I wasnt trying enuf after I told him meds were not working and I’m depressed whole day, it made me cringe. I used to cry all day bcz of anxiety and depression and had terrible lethargy. No doctor helped me with lethargy…less said the better about psychologists they r even worse…i lost 15 years of my life bcz of mental illnesses, schizophrenia is the worst disease anybody can b affected with and I hav been a victim of it..although I’m better now and hav kicked the meds completely i do get depressive bouts and hav no motivation to do anything…i wish that no one ever gets schizophrenia.

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    Not only do you provide answers you do it so well. I think I’m going to cry. Thank you thank you thank you!

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  • You looked anorexic in the left photo. I know because I was anorexic at age 14 and even though my weight was way below ideal body weight, I saw myself very, very fat! I also had body dysmorphic disorder.

  • *Also stretchmarks*. Big red streaks that never fully heal and scar. Severely affects confidence, forever. Very common with psychiatric medication weight gain & doctors NEVER warn about it.

  • How to deal with weight gain?
    -> Eat less.
    And if you eat normally, but the meds still make you gain weight, then you need to reduce your kcals even further.
    Do it now and thank me later, instead of trying out all fad diets before you realize that “a calorie is a calorie”!

  • thanks for your video. let me share my experience of exercise. it not only helped me loose weight but also helped me cope with anxiety and depression. please do not quit exercise

  • I had the contrary effect, I gained 20lb in 4 months after quiting (cold turkey) Sertraline, Quetiapine and Clonazepam.
    I had been taking them for 10 years.

  • please help! I went on paxil and epitec a couple of years ago, gained 50 pounds and have never been able to lose them. I’m not sure what it changed in my body but all blood tests are normal. does anyone have any information or know of what it could’ve changed to make me gain so much weight?

  • I wish you would read this. If you can you Talk about Viibryd, Tribtillex and Fetzima… how they differ for example Zoloft is very good for OCD I guess is for the σ1 binding also works dopamine transporter (DAT) inhibition and sigma-1 (σ1) receptor binding but normally is known as a Sective Serotonin only more in depth books going into details. My question is Viibryd besides the famous 5-HT2 o A2 I don’t that works on anxiety what other part of the brain does it touch, and does it really causes no weight gain?

  • Do you just put on weight by eating the same foods and quantities as you did before you started taking the pills? Even if you feel hungrier but you still manage to eat normally or as much as you did before the medication, how can you put on weight?

  • Hello there. I really do hope you reply because I’m really worried. I have been on mirtazpine for about 4 months, maybe 5 months. I put on only 10 lbs! But it seems like even if I eat one meal I gain weight. I stopped it completely last week, and still noticing no weight loss. Before this drug, I done bodybuilding could eat 4000 calories and turn it into muscle. Now all I do is look at a meal and get fat. Has this ruined my metabolism forever. Or do I give it enough time for it to leave my system! Please get back to me. I’m
    So scared.

  • It’s great to finally see a psychiatrist see the weight gain as valid! Every psychiatrist or doctor I’ve complained to that Lexapro makes me gain too much weight told me that couldn’t be anything but my diet. Great video!

  • You are the most reliable health professional thank you for being honest and taking the time to explain so many don’t care and say so dealing with issues it’s too much to complain so trying to find someone else who really cares is stressful

  • Hello doctor. Can xanax cause weight gain? Just started taking xanax & it has increased my appetite. I do intermittent fasting to avoid weight gain from xanax. Will that help?

  • Protein powder………………….. suppresses your sugar cravings. One shake a day. Check with your Doc before you start taking it. Vegan protein powder is usually kinder on the stomach

  • My tips from personal experience (on Seroquel for 9 months):
    -Ask if you can take your dose at night or have extended release. This makes you less prone to feeling cravings all day.
    have cheap, low calorie snacks on hand. I love plain Cheerios, baby carrots, frozen fruit, air-popped popcorn, and even ice cubs.
    ALWAYS carry gum, sugar free hard candies, and bottled water with you when out and about. Dry mouth makes you crave things like ice cream or soda.
    If your energy is too low for cardio workouts, you can do free, 10 minute beginners workouts on YouTube! I do one for arms and one for legs. It will help build muscle with boosts your metabolism.
    As a rule, try to consume more protein and fresh fruits/ veg than plain carbs.
    Don’t starve yourself. Underrating will only make your metabolism worse, and hurt your mental health as well. Try to eat consistent, moderate portions.
    Talk to your doc! I was really upset because I gained ten pounds rapidly when I first got on the medication. My doctor lowered the dose a bit, and I started doing these tips. Since then, I have maintained the same weight (but I think I gained some muscle!)
    Get your blood tests regularly. Doctors recommend blood tests twice a year/ four times a year. These will see if your thyroid and blood sugar are normal. If there is problem, they can treat it.
    �� Best wishes ��

  • meds doesn’t really work i have ocd and depersonalization derealisation and i take no pills i know mental disorders can’t be cured

  • I’ve eaten Olanzapine for 15 years now. In the beginning I had severe anorexia and the meds didn’t effect me at all. The latest years, now when I’m around 30, I’ve gained up to BMI 22, and I feel SO ASHAMED of it! I’m “recovered” from my ED, but I don’t want to weight more than I absolutely have to, and I desperately want to lose weight, but “can’t” stay away from chocolate because I’m always craving it. What should I do?? These extra 6 kilos are killing me! Every time I stop Olanzapine I have a mixed bipolar episode, so I need it.

  • Antipsychotics have been shown to alter gut bacteria and thus aiding bad bacteria in growing at the expense of beneficial bacteria. This result in slower digestion and generally you do not get full benefits of food as you would when not taking this medicine. So you could be eating the exact same food as before, but your gut treats it totally differently, resulting in weight gain.

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  • Hi, this video is great and has provided real clarity. I gained roughly 25lb over a year on Citalopram. I was taking it for Body Dysmorphic Disorder so the side effect was intolerable. My doctor has recommended Prozac, and I was wondering if it was considered weight neutral? I have asked my doctor (a GP/family doctor) but he says it may cause weight gain or loss so I’m unsure. Thank you and love the videos!

  • Thank you for this informative lecture and as an addition Ambien also causes night food cravings. By the way in my instance depression is related to my hypothyroidism which many doctors miss. Thank you again for your channel I enjoy your lectures very much.

  • Lauren you have a park I assume for a garden, with respect. I don’t think I would be depressed with that lovely scenery all to myself, I’m just talking about myself. But yes if your able exercise, definetly, I’m not being critical of you Lauren, in fact I respect you and what you are doing. I’m on anti psychotics Lauren and I’m obese, my father had heart disease so I worry about that.

  • Fairly recently I changed my anti anxiety meds, and I have gone from 125 to 205… in not a large period of time. I had to buy new clothes every 2 weeks. Today, I’m speaking to my doctor. Thank you for this. I know what you mean about feeling so dark. It makes me feel like none of the medications work… I have chronic pain, and so weight gain went to my breasts so back pain is terrible.

  • Maybe no one mentioned it, and maybe you see it differently, but in my opinion you look way better on the After picture. In the Before picture you look unhealthy skinny. At least in After one, after weight gain, you’ve lovely curves in all the right places.������

  • I eat better now, but still gained the weight. It feels like my metabolism just shut down. I’m coming off the antipsychotic slowly now. I’m so glad healthy eating has worked for you, but it’s done nothing different for me.

  • Even taking bupropion made me gain weight!! I was working in restaurants and walking like 20,000 steps a day. I was so sure it was making me gain weight…. But doctors kept insisting that you lose weight on bupropion. Well maybe for some lucky people but not me! I’ve been off it for about a month and already feeling slimmer

  • Hi lauren,please reply me…when doctors findout about your disease,how many months passed after finding out that you hace schizophrenia….please tell me….

  • Thanks lauren….my daughter was right perfectly same like you…suddenely she started talking with herself in february,I didnt realise…now she cant sleep until 3,4 days…even we didnt realise before….on 29th of may,we suddenly finout because sge stsrted crying a lot….but its started happening in february…but we contacted three weeks ago to the doctor…Is it treatable,if its 4 month old disease

  • As a physician, I came to this video for educational reasons, but I am leaving with more than education! I feel personally motivated as well after watching this.

  • THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS ‘SIDE EFFECTS’……….THEY ARE EFFECTS…..perhaps there are unwanted effects but they aren’t SIDE EFFECTS……THIS IS SALESMAN SPEEK!!!

  • Diet & exercise, be all & end all… yawn. You are extremely thin and I wonder whether weight gain has ever even been a problem for you… “OMG! I gained 5 pounds!”??? Or perhaps you manage it via eating disorders??? If you’re speaking to we sufferers as a non-fat empath, I thank you.

    I started Ability recently and gained 10 pounds in 3 days without eating more food or fattening food. There is no magic cure for this. I want to stay sane and be fat.

    But please don’t ask for donations for hopeless new age wishfull thinking.
    Thank you for your efforts though,
    A.Z.

  • I know this is weird and not totally on topic but when I found out that my son was going to have a physical birth defect I was devastated and now that he has grown and gotten older (8) I can be thankful for the treatments that are available even if he still has some problems. Even 30 or 40 years ago he would’ve been considered a cripple and his life would have been so different. I don’t know why I typed all this. I just thought maybe it could help someone from being super discouraged.

  • This was very informative. I now understand why I keep gaining weight. But I take glucophage xr 1000mg and I’m still gaining weight. Isn’t that metformin too?

  • I wish she would say which meds she was on. I became allergic to my low weigh gain med after 7 years. Now they were afraid to try any in that class and I’m on a high weight gain and I’m gaining like crazy and a zombie.

  • My doc reduced my Seroquel to 2 thirds limiting only to the night dose recently. Just two days and I have no appetite for any real food and rapidly losing weight.

  • Hi I am taking divalproex and olazapine.
    In a month how much weight will I gain approximately
    Please reply someone
    Am diagonised.with bipolar

  • You are like a really smart woman, thank you, I started my meds last week. And I have never eaten so much in my life, I’m like a skinny person too. I’m 5 feet 9 inches and 120-125 pounds. I’ve noticed myself eating and then feeling stretching pains in my stomach but still not feeling full, I have noticed excessive bloating from over eating, but yet I still want to eat. I have gained like 5 pounds in one week, I have always had trouble with gaining weight and all of a sudden its being packed on, Now I know why ��

  • Excellent insight!

    I’m a month into my Zoloft trial, but I’ve lost weight, maybe by staying active… but I certainly hope I don’t gain weight months in the long term ����

  • I was worried about that side effect when I started taking escitalopram but different people react differently and I actually lost weight, though I can still maintain and go up and down a little bit. My cousin gained a lot on hers but I don’t know what she was taking.

  • I’m currently on day 5 of using Mirtazapine 15 mg. My questions are: after how many weeks does the long-term creep effect kick in and when I stop taking Mirtazapine, will I stop gaining weight and go back to my normal weight? (I haven’t gained weight yet, for it’s only day 5, but this is more a hypothetical question. Thank you.

  • I love how open you are, we need more people like yoy to get rid of the stigma of mental health. I have a family member who struggles with mental health for years and your videos have helped me understand better in giving the right support.
    I was wondering if you had a blog or anything that’s not YouTube. Thank you and
    God Bless

  • Dr Marks
    The satiety center unbelievable of these drug manufacturers can put this garbage on the market and make us overweight And affect their health in the way almost went for bariatric surgery because I am nearly 330 pounds at 6 foot tall since I stopped taking his junk 323 I took Latuda traintelex and bupropion for probably the past 10 years And vraylar I think it was on for about three months. This video is what changed everything. Thank you �� For the knowledge about histamines.
    General repair

  • Thanks a lot for the information. I’m 30 yrs old female and have been taking Paroxetine and clonazapam for last 10 years suffering from anxiety disorder and panic attacks and weigh almost 180 pounds and it’s very difficult to lose weight.

  • I’ve never had a problem with my weight and I’m really good at controlling it. I eat healthy ebough and excersize everyday anyways

  • So many years of my Dr avoiding this question. What an expensive pain in the ass. But anyway time to focus on the present and the future.

  • Nakakagulat naman nito bakit hinahayaan mang yari ito dapat kung talagang gusto nilang gumaling ka ting nan nila ang iyong itsora kong bakit ka nga walang tupak gaano ka laki mokha ka ng balyina ang tutuo wala silang paki alam sa iyo wala ka nga d eww deprecation yun naman ang laki mo ano ba ang dapat gawin dapat may matino kang doctor na may paki alam sa iyo ganon din wala naman nag babago ako matagal na akong nakikiramdam lang ako sa kanila pano yan napakasakit ko na mahirap ng mag exsorsis niyan mahihirapan mo pa ang katawan mo niyan baliw ka rin naman hindi naman nila alam ang ng yayari sa iyo araw araw lalo na ang nurse mo wala eing paki alam ngayun sisikapin binibigyan ka pa ng gamot patutulugin ka naman ano pq ang silbe kaya iwan ko sayang ang aking buhay wala ring mang yayari ang gusto kong malaman ano ba ang dapat gawin ng saganoon ay maging normal ang buhay ng isang tao

  • Also Epilepsy drugs (Epival, Lyrica) cause weight gain. Basically I am starving all the time, can’t eat and must work out. But then if I work out too hard I will get tremors that will not go away until a good sleep.

  • You don’t if you workout, eat right and sleep. The anti depressant should allow you to actually lose weight because the training alone you should be able to do more work with the decrease in depression and anxiety.

  • Actually I think she still looks really good with the extra weight. So I don’t think she should feel bad because if you ask me either way, she’s still holdin it down.

  • If people would actually just eat right by staying away from processed foods, sugars, excessive alcohol, and worked out they wouldn’t need to pop a pill. Most people are lazy though and are always looking for a shortcut or easy way out. Most don’t want to change their diet. Heart disease is America #1 killer. Yes mental illness is a real thing. Some exacerbated by harsh street drugs.. other people are born with. 90 % of people out their really don’t have a problem that cannot be fixed via diet and exercise. All these mental illness tags and labels out there. Show me the blood work. That’s all I gotta say

  • Wow! Amazing! Just the fact that you offer a non medication approach is mind blowing to me! I’m on invega trinza 819mg and bupropion seems 100mg. I’ve been dieing to get off the Invega. I’ve gained about 35 pounds and have a pot belly! My docs never offer a non medication approach! You’ve gained my respect and interest! How do I go about getting a non medication approach? Edit: can you explain the strict diet and exercise plan more? Please respond, should I just ask my np for a non medication approach?

  • Thank you so much for being the first time Ive ever heard encouragement and not judgment about this subject. Even from mental health pros, they just dont get how hard it really is. Youre such an inspiration!