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Names of antidepressants

Which antidepressants do NOT cause weight gain?
973741 tn?1342346373
Hi there and welcome.  Well, the problem with your question is that each patient who takes the medication is going to have a unique experience.  It is hard to tell you that you absolutely wouldn't gain weight or lose weight on a particular antidepressant.  With weight, there are many factos.  For example, if someone is anxious, they often have skewed eating patterns.  When they take the antidepressant, they are less anxious and their eating becomes more normal and they gain weight.  Is that the drugs fault?  Or is it a mechanism of treating the condition that was affecting how someone eats?  

the package inserts of antidepressants tells you what is reported in clinical trials.  you can ask for anecdotal information that may or may not back up what research says.  

Honestly, the best thing to do is to ask the doctor that would be prescribing the medication what they've heard from their patients.  Tell him or her you are concerned about gaining weight and would prefer not to and what would be the best antidepressant to try first.  

I think the statistic is that 25% of people who take antidepressants gain weight.  One thing to do when you take weight is to be aware.  Carb craving is something reported, so be prepared to watch for that and not give into it.  Also making sure you exercise will help.

good luck
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