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citalopram & weight gain ( how long to lose it after coming off cit)

I have been on cit 50mg & trazodone 200mg for 2 years. I have put on 3 stone in this time.

I have started to reduce the cit & just wondered how long it takes to lose the weight gain once you are off the cit??

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  • The Globus Kid

    Hi there,

    Your weight loss should be gradual, dont try to lose it too quickly.

    Follow a healthy diet with plenty of excercise and make sure you expend more calories than you consume per day.

    I would say try to lose a couple of pounds per week until you feel happy with your weight again.

    Good luck

    A

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  • gymbunny

    Hi, I am a personal trainer, so I do know about weight loss & exercise, & nutrition ( its my job lol)

    . What I dont know is if the weight gain due to medication just drops off. I have never eaten any more & have kept on exercising whilst on the cit.

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  • Rosie3

    Hi, I've been on Cit for 3yrs for anxiety, my GP assures me that the weight gain is temporary & I will lose it when i come off them.

    I'm planning to reduce my dose from 40 to 30mg over the next few weeks. Hoping I might have more energy then!

    Gymbunny - just wondering if you know the maximum dose for Citalopram has been reduced to 40mg, it would be worth you discussing this with your GP.

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  • krispie

    Hi Rosie3, I'm a little surprised to read what you wrote about the maximum dose of Citalopram now being 40mg. I've been on 60mg a day for about a year and was unaware of this. I do get incredibly sleepy during the daytime and have less energy than I used to but I'd put that down to increasing age! Perhaps the tablets cause this?

    I've not gained weight though and am as underweight as I was when I started taking them. I guess the metabolic rate varies from person to person.

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  • gymbunny

    hi rosie3 I googled it yesterday & spoke to my gp & he said no one would now be started on a higher dose, but those already on a higher dose would be maintained on it.

    I just want to get off it now as I have gained so much weight.

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  • krispie

    Hi gymbunny I also googled the Citalopram dose after reading the post from Rosie3 and then spoke to my GP because I was worried about being on 60mg a day. He reassured me that it's ok to take such a high dose since I've already been taking it for so long. I'm quite reassured to read that your GP also thinks it's ok for those already on it.

    It's strange about the weight gain isn't it, how some people do gain weight and others don't. It must be hard to reduce the dose when you know they help so much. Why do some of us suffer such high levels of anxiety anyway? I have the impression it's something I'll never be free of unless I'm on medication because it's been with me all my life yet I've tried so many alternative ways of freeing myself of it. I know about adopting the right attitude to it in theory but nothing seems to work in practice. I'm so relieved to be on medication.

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  • Rosie3

    Hi Krispie

    I'm pleased you've had reasurrance from your GP, its always good to check.

    Anxiety is very hard to cope with isn't it. Have you had any therapy? My diagnosis is PTSD & I've had 2yrs therapy with a psychologist. When i first went to see her I had been off work for nearly a year & was barely functioning, we used a mix of talking therapies & EMDR & I was also on Citalopram to rebalance my brain chemicals. Now my symptoms & quite incredibly my anxiety is manageable, i still have some blips on on the whole life is so much better.

    Do hope you find some relief from your anxiety soon.

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  • krispie

    Rosie3, I'm very grateful to you for having mentioned the new guidelines re Citalopram. You've also introduced me to EMDR, something I'd not heard of before! I've not had therapy recently but did have help for agoraphobia many years ago and also saw a psychiatrist for depression for a short time but these were both many, many years ago.

    As you'll gather my problem has been with me for a very long time so I adjusted to living with it and almost regarded it as normal. I've done voluntary work but have otherwise been a stay at home wife and mother and have coped that way and managed to hide my problems from other people.

    I'm glad you've had a positive diagnosis and are able to have the appropriate treatment.

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  • Noodles

    Having read all of the above....I have been on citalopram for over a year and would like to reduce the dose, with a view to coming off it completely. Ran out of tablets last week and nearly had a breakdown Sunday....so gradual reduction recommended! Am desperate to lose excess weight gained too. Can it be self managed? Am on 10mg now. Would appreciate any advice.

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  • Andydoc1

    Hiya everyone , have been on cit 10 mg for 5 weeks very little time I know ,but I have gained a stone , I haven't eaten any more or exercised less , but I feel a lot better in myself and really wan to try and stop takin this stuff ...... I know there can be side effects but as I've only been on it a short time does anyone think its gonna cause problems ?thanks

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  • jaf91

    Hi, glad to see there's a forum here I can talk about probs with other people who are feeling the same as I am - nobody seems to understand what I'm going through with this depression and anxiety malarkey. Never mind.

    I wasn't aware that you gain wait from citalopram - is this a known side effect?

    I started citalopram around a month ago, was on 10mg but had a really bad panic attack one night and also was horrifically suicidal on another time, was increased to 20mg dose...

    When I started taking 10mg...I lost around a stone - now I'm eating (over-eating, even) and feel I'm going to start putting on weight again.

    I thought it was the meds that caused the weight loss, but now I'm against thinking that after reading these pposts.

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  • krispie

    Hi, I have no medical knowledge so can't comment on the facts about weight gain but my own experience is that taking a high dose of Citalopram has had no effect on my weight. I am underweight but my weight has remained steady since I started the medication a couple of years ago.

    The medication helps me enormously and enables me to cope better with everyday situations instead of feeling agitated most of the time as I did prior to taking it. I think each person has to assess the pros and cons of taking the medication, the benefits of an improved mental state as opposed to the disadvantages of increased body weight (if this occurs).

    Is it not possible to control one's weight by eating and exercising moderately? I know it can be difficult with a sedentary job and the temptation of readily available snack foods.

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  • Spockney

    I was on Citalopram for over two years and gained two stone in weight. I am finding it IMPOSSIBLE to lose it. I've been off Citalopram for over a week now.

    Over the past 6 months, I have been strictly dieting to no avail. I eat significantly less than I did before taking citalopram, yet I keep gaining weight. There is definitely something wrong and I am concerned. I haven't been this heavy since I was pregnant!

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  • jon33

    I've been on Citalopram for about 10 months now and have probably gained in the region of 2 stone since i've been on it. I was on 40mg and i've cut down to 10mg now but my weight has just stuck. Does anyone have any experience with weight loss after coming off completely? I'm aiming to be off it completely come Autumn and i'm hoping that I can start to shift the weight.

    I'm back to exercising regularly and although I can't claim that I have an amazing diet, it's not changed massively since before I suffered from anxiety depressions and I was 11 stone then. As much as i'm feeling better, my weight is still getting me down!

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  • helendolman

    I have been on cit for 3 years for anxiety and Atenolol for 2 for migraines, in that time i've gone from 11 stone to 14.5... i've been constantly dieting, eating well, exercising (as much as i can as i get very drowsy in the daytime)

    I've only just started to realise that the cit is the reason I have put on so much weight, my doctor keeps telling me it isn't the cit but since reading the amount of posts from people who are suffering the same as me I feel better as I have been struggling with my weight so much.

    I am hoping to ween myself off asap and maybe then I can lose the weight.

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  • gymbunny

    Hi guys, I started this post last year so thought I'd give you an update. I actually was completely off cit by October 2012. I began my diet & exercise plan at the begining of November. I lost my 3 stone. by March 2013 smile

    I decreased my calorie intake and increased my exercise. I am a fitness instructor & personal trainer & was already very active. Looking back, I was probably eating more than normal & thats what caused the weight gain not the citalopram. As soon as I actually focussed on losing the weight, it dropped off.

    I would recommend the myfitnesspal app for phones and tablets. Its a free app & is great for tracking what you eat & your exercise.

    If anyone wants any advice or info, please give me a shout wink

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  • krispie

    Good to get your feedback gym bunny and to learn that you managed to lose the excess weight. Interesting how we all react differently but why shouldn't we as individuals! I maintain my rather low weight but that's probably as a result of a small appetite. I know I felt ravenous when I started taking Citalopram, a feeling of nausea that was relieved by eating. I guess if this persists it would be all too easy to gain weight.

    Did you have any difficulties coming off the Citalopram? I'm still on the maximum dose and so far have no wish to reduce this. How did you decide the time was right to try to come off it?

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