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Any good alternatiives to citalopram where I might actually LOSE weight please?

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doubleshotespresso Mon 19-Mar-12 14:01:07

I have been taking citalopram (a fairly high dose) and was wondering if anybody out there has had a similar experience to me?

Its generally worked in terms of depression/insomnia/anxiety- like many of you I guess- some days are better than others, but I'mnot "on edge" quite so much now...

However, I don't seem to be able to control my weight at all- I have zero energy most days, a walk around the park literally exhausts me to the point of tears and I seem to be craving starchy/high carb foods all the time, which is totally out of character for me normally. I don't have a sweet tooth at all and virtually never eat crap/take-out foods.... I don't eat red meat .... I eat loads of fresh fruit & veg...... I am at my wits end- and now am terrified of going beyond a size 14..... (big for me)

My GP describes it as a common side effect, but didn't offer any solution.

Can anybody recommend any alternatives please? Or any other helpful pointers?

Am getting desperate...............

inhibernation Thu 12-Apr-12 13:05:28

I wondered if any of you have had your thyroid tested? Underactive thyroid can cause depression type symptoms and anxiety too. I have subclinical hypothryoidism and started thyroxine when ttc. The depressive symptoms went, I started exercising again and I lost weight. I also find that running or other types of cardio exercise is great for boosting mood - even though the getting there part is hard!

inhibernation Thu 12-Apr-12 13:06:15


ThatllDoPig Fri 13-Apr-12 23:39:14

Sorry to hear things are so tough. You must be exhausted.
Ok here, although had to see difficult family members today. Thank God for the tablets I say, otherwise I would be under the duvet howling rather than managing to pretend everything is ok.

buterflies Mon 16-Apr-12 14:30:22

Has anything changed now u hav spoken to doctor?

Tammylynn Tue 26-Mar-13 23:35:24

Hi everyone, I am a newbie and I am curious about Citalpram. I was just today prescribed it, 20mg and I am really concerned about gaining weight. I am already overweght and i am terrified of possibly gaining more. I read that there is some of you who actually lost weight and I was wondering what your MG dosage was. I thank you for taking the time to read my post and also thank you in advance for answering any of my questions.

noraa Wed 27-Mar-13 08:55:58

hi Tammylynn,
as you can see from the previous messages some people lost weight on citalopram.
so, you can give it a go and see what happens.
good luck.

Thexfactor2013 Fri 13-Sep-13 11:30:53

Hi I'd just like to say I went on citalapram after losing my dad and going through a messy divorce at the same time I'm on 30mg and they do help they help you a lot when your having a hard time, I have found a little weight gain through a bigger appetite but I actually pushed myself to do a jog round the block a couple of times a week and not a long jog but that did help my weight and trying to eat healthy snacks which isn't always easy but I try and honestly it makes a difference. Hope that helped

Sophiedotty Sat 14-Sep-13 15:59:26

I take Sertraline & just 2.5 mg of Olanzapine. I actually list weight when I first took Sertraline. I have been on & off it for 20 years & no weight gain. Olanzapine is notorious for weight gain but my dose is so low it doesn't affect me. I currently take 75mg of Sertraline but have been on up to 150mg. It is the best anti D for me with the least side effects.

Kendra78 Sun 15-Sep-13 19:57:52

Hi everyone
I know this thread is a year old but I was wanting to know, if their is people who are on citlapram who feel the same. I am on 40mg daily, feel so sleepy all the time, I have very bad cravings for bread etc. when I started the tablets I was a size 12, I am now a size 18-20. Has anyone got any suggestions apart from getting my jaw wired shut as I can't stop eating!! And even when I am really good I still don't loose weight. Has anyone had any luck with changing antidepressants

Funnyfishface Sun 15-Sep-13 23:46:58

Hi kendra

I am only on 10mg of citalopram for anxiety and panic. I have gained 10pounds. I am boiling hot all the time and I suffer with insomnia.
I went back to my gps this week who has changed my meds to sertraline 50mg.
He said that should sort out the weight gain issue.
I am starting a new job (after being sahm for 20 years) so can't take the risk of starting new meds now.
But I have read up and I think that anti dep effect everyone differently. Some people manage to lose weight on citalopram. I am like you tho and carb cravings are through the roof. I definitely am eating lots more. But I just can't seem to stop.

I hope you find a drug that works.

songanddancemum Wed 27-Aug-14 10:44:24

Hello I have just caught up with this discussion and wanted to ask Funnyfishface what happened when she moved to sertraline?
I have been on citalopram for a year and have gained about 1 and a half stone. I am defeated and need a solution. Hope someone had some good experience with their doctors. doubleshotespresso, hope things improved for you.

Smithy60 Mon 20-Jun-16 17:55:48

I have been on citalopram for 5 years and have put on 5 stone. Nightmare. Am afraid to come off as they are a miracle for me. Increased appetite and cravings are the worst. Any suggestions would be appreciated

nuttymango Tue 21-Jun-16 06:17:37

What sparklingbrook said sad same here and it's pants.

Xxxxhanxxx28 Tue 28-Jun-16 22:55:55

I did the same I put on 3 stone on citralapam in ,3 years. Then I started drinking tea and thought I'm guna do this it ain't beating me I ate clean drank green tea for energy or pro plus!! And it killed me but I did it I lost 2 stone in a year. And I'm still on 30mg CIT. Not coming g off anytime soon works wonders for my anxiety HSS changed my mental health for the better. Don't let it beat u u can still lose weight u just need to work hard. Trust me!!

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