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Author Topic: Lexapro and Weight Gain  (Read 157 times)

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Offline Mac2016

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Lexapro and Weight Gain
« on: February 08, 2016, 04:44:48 PM »
Hi all,

After being diagnosed with KS last summer, I ended up with severe depression. I couldn't sleep or eat. It was a horrible place. My doc prescribed Lexapro. Things got better. It really did. I begged for a higher dose and then a higher dose. I loved it. I felt like me again. BUT, I found I could eat at the drop of a hat. Haagen Dazs became my best friend. At 5'8, I was nearing the 200 pound mark. Yeah, I was happier, but none of clothes fit. I wore sweats everywhere. This wasn't me. I use to take pride in my appearance.

So, last week, I decided to quit cold turkey. After a few brain zaps and some headaches, I actually feel better again. Some insomnia....but not too bad. I'm not depressed anymore, life is good. I've even lost a pound or two since last week. I'm on a good track.  I have to say, Celexa was worse withdrawing from. Lexapro was a bit easier.

Am I recommending that others try this?.....NO. I've been dealing with anti-depressants since 2010, I knew what to expect. I do recommend talking with your doctor to see what he/she thinks. Withdrawal from these pills can be tough. I don't know if it's true or not....but I heard that  anti-depressants block insulin in the body....hence the weight gain. I can't afford this, as diabetes runs in my family.

If you're thinking of stopping anti-depressants....get a doctor's advice first. They can wean you off a little at a time. Next, I just have to stop drinking diet soda.

Thanks for Listening,

Robbie
« Last Edit: February 08, 2016, 04:48:23 PM by Mac2016 »
12/2010  Diagnosed. CD-4 - 57  Viral Load - in the hundreds of thousands.

2011 - 2015 No Meds (BIG Mistake)

  5/2015  CD-4  26                 VL  400,000
  6/2015   Started Triumeq
  7/2015   CD-4   81               VL  351
  7/2015   Diagnosed with KS...Reality Sets In.
  8/2015   CD-4   88               VL   96
  9/2015   CD-4  136              VL   59
11/2015   CD-4  143              VL   79
01/2016   CD-4  123              VL   22
(Ran a fever after surgery??)

Offline BT65

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Re: Lexapro and Weight Gain
« Reply #1 on: Yesterday at 07:58:12 AM »
Robbie, not all antidepressants cause weight gain. I have been on Wellbutrin for years, plus Prozac and have not had weight gain.

Robbie is correct in people who want off antidepressants not stopping cold turkey. Robbie I'm not sure why you did this either, but you seem to be doing well.  If someone is on an antidepressant and wants off or to change, please consult with the doctor prescribing it.  Thanks.

Betty
I've never killed anyone, but I frequently get satisfaction reading the obituary notices.-Clarence Darrow

Condom and Lube Info http://www.aidsmap.com/Condoms/page/1044833/
Please check out our lessons on PEP and PrEP. http://www.poz.com/factsheets/fs_2014_09_prep.pdf

http://www.aidsmeds.com/articles/Transmission_17146.shtml

Offline Mac2016

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Re: Lexapro and Weight Gain
« Reply #2 on: Yesterday at 11:52:18 AM »
Hi Betty,

Thanks for your response! I tried Wellbutrin in 2012. It was like being on speed for me. The Celexa slowed me down and made stress tolerable. I became argumentative on Wellbutrin.

I have a problem with thinking I know more than my docs. When I was diagnosed with HIV in 2010, I thought I didn't need meds....I just thought I could wish it away. How naive. I guess I still have a lot to learn. I'm still doing the same thing to an extent.....only with my mental health. Although, I would never stop my HIV meds. I'm super compliant.

This past summer, the KS really threw me. There were lesions everywhere....including my face. I freaked. I became reclusive. I even went as far to find out where to get a beekeeper's mask so people wouldn't know what I had. HIV became real. It wasn't just an invisible illness. This is what I had to deal with.  I was petrified. I thought every pain and every cough would mean my demise. I lost my armor. The Lexapro gave me what I lost. I was told my HIV meds would take care of the lesions....which for the most part it has. They're fading. I've realized how precious life is to me, and I now need to cherish my health. Yes, it was a wake up call. I stopped smoking and decided to take care of myself. Maybe I found the silver lining to HIV...if there is such a thing. I will do whatever it takes to preserve my gift of life. (please excuse the corniness).

Thanks for listening,

Robbie :)
« Last Edit: Yesterday at 12:00:24 PM by Mac2016 »
12/2010  Diagnosed. CD-4 - 57  Viral Load - in the hundreds of thousands.

2011 - 2015 No Meds (BIG Mistake)

  5/2015  CD-4  26                 VL  400,000
  6/2015   Started Triumeq
  7/2015   CD-4   81               VL  351
  7/2015   Diagnosed with KS...Reality Sets In.
  8/2015   CD-4   88               VL   96
  9/2015   CD-4  136              VL   59
11/2015   CD-4  143              VL   79
01/2016   CD-4  123              VL   22
(Ran a fever after surgery??)

Offline BT65

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Re: Lexapro and Weight Gain
« Reply #3 on: Today at 05:58:02 AM »
Robbie, we all have struggles with acceptance of our having HIV.  I've been positive for almost 30 years.  When I was diagnosed people were dying all around me.  I personally went through the wasting syndrome. I was 5'10" and got down to 80 lbs. I had Hospice care, had drawn up a power of attorney and made arrangements to have someone tale my daughter, who was 7 I believe. 

I took the meds back then as well as I could, which was very difficult. The meds were not what they are today.  I couldn't be 100% compliant because of the harsh side effects. Now I am compliant with my meds. 

I'm glad you're doing well. KS is a bitch, everything untreated HIV can cause is a bitch.  I'm glad you chose life.

Betty
I've never killed anyone, but I frequently get satisfaction reading the obituary notices.-Clarence Darrow

Condom and Lube Info http://www.aidsmap.com/Condoms/page/1044833/
Please check out our lessons on PEP and PrEP. http://www.poz.com/factsheets/fs_2014_09_prep.pdf

http://www.aidsmeds.com/articles/Transmission_17146.shtml

Offline Mac2016

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Re: Lexapro and Weight Gain
« Reply #4 on: Today at 08:21:09 AM »
Hi Betty,

I am so glad you are still here....and things got better. I shouldn't complain at all. My struggles have been nothing in comparison to yours. 30 years ago the meds were questionable and scary.  Today, we are lucky we have what we have.

So, I had lesions! It almost seems laughable. HOW VAIN!! At least my viral load was going down and my CD-4 level was slowly rising. It was a small price.   I am slowly learning what's important and what isn't.  Everyday, is a life lesson. I'm trying to learn to no longer take small things for granted.

Again, I'm glad you're here, to calm us nervous newbies. I've read your posts and they are comforting and informative. We are all lucky to have you as a resource.

Thank you,

Robbie  :)
12/2010  Diagnosed. CD-4 - 57  Viral Load - in the hundreds of thousands.

2011 - 2015 No Meds (BIG Mistake)

  5/2015  CD-4  26                 VL  400,000
  6/2015   Started Triumeq
  7/2015   CD-4   81               VL  351
  7/2015   Diagnosed with KS...Reality Sets In.
  8/2015   CD-4   88               VL   96
  9/2015   CD-4  136              VL   59
11/2015   CD-4  143              VL   79
01/2016   CD-4  123              VL   22
(Ran a fever after surgery??)

 


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