Antidepressants or psychotic meds can have that affect, a friend of mine has been on resomethingorother for a month. In that month he's put weight on for the first time in his life, he's the tall lanky type and always has been. Sometimes these type of meds can affect the part of the brain that controls appetite, for him he never had any change in appetite due to his mental health condition but since on this med he can't stop feeling hungry and abnormally so. He's also started getting pimples on his back, he didn't has this issue prior to starting the new medication.
I've mentioned in the past, the opposite situation my son had on tofronil, though it didn't affect his appetite so much, he was always a big eater but still he stopped growing (97%ile down to 15%ile) no matter how much he ate. Off the medication and he started growing again for the first time in over 3 years. The issue we now have is that eating the amount he's use to is causing this once under sized child to become over weight in a short space of time.
I do believe strongly in medications affecting weight, and would advice looking up any of the meds your taking to see if there is a recognised side affect. As a sx of MS no!
I have always been on the thin side and lost a ton more when my graves disease was out of control. Since I was out of work and becoming very depressed, the lexapro they first put me on was bloating me like crazy. I asked the doc. to change it to something else that would help me without the extra pounds and I was switched to celexa.
I believe all of these antidepressants are a big factor in weight gain. I suppose I cannot comment if ms is the reason since I am not dx.
I have lost weight but I exercise as much as I can and watch what I eat. I simply do not want extra weight as I get more disabled. This is easier said than done. Also I drink only water and herbal tea unless it is a Special occasions. I only eat goat cheese, lean meat, live almost gluten free, eat tons of vegetables, some fruit, grains, and stay clear of all the processed food. I adopted this diet since I got MS.
Is weight gain a symptom of MS? In my experience I would say no. I have lost a little over 30lbs since being diagnosed. I have, however, experienced acne from steroid use, both IVSM and prednisone. Of course, the steroids can also cause extreme hunger as a side effect, which if not controlled, could cause weight gain.
I am convinced that the drugs I am on have made me put weight on. I gained over a stone since taking Gabapentin and Amitriptylin and have been exercising and eating healthily but cannot lose weight..but it appears stable. Consultant and GP say this is a known side effect and particulalry difficult for pre menopausal women...bother!
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