Anti-Depressants and Weight Gain


getty_11215_weightscaleWith concerns about weight gain being so pervasive, it may help to know that recent research indicated that those taking anti-depressants may put on a few pounds.

Moreover, the study, which involved nearly 20,000 adults treated with anti-depressants, revealed that some medications are associated with more weight gain than others.

Specifically, people talking citalopram (Celexa), a member of a class of anti-depressants known as “selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors” (SSRIs), gained more than two and a half pounds on average over the course of a year.

Patients taking other SSRIs, such as fluoxetine (Prozac), gained on average a pound and a half; those taking sertraline (Zoloft) gained nearly two pounds. Conversely, patients taking bupropion (Wellbutrin) lost an average of half a pound.

Most anti-depressants can cause weight gain, and different drugs can affect individuals differently. If you are concerned about your medication and weight gain, we recommend speaking with your doctor.

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