I been taking citaploram for almost a year and put so much on weight.

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is it that side effect?

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    I gained a lot with zoloft so I switched to the citalopram. I have not eaten much since I have only been on for a month and my appetite has been down but I suspect that will change.
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    Can be but could also be if you are taking less exercise than you usually did or are eating more because of your problems. If you think it could be a side effect then see your GP as was suggested as they may wish to change the medication or have some good suggestions.
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    Hi, I am having the same problem, i have put on half a stone in 4 months. I eat plenty of fruit and veg and it's a real battle. I think a lot of meds can increase weight. I am going to see the GP. I don't really want meds but don't know how i will manage without its a catch 22.

    Elizabeth.

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    I think so. Some may disagree but if you're taking the medication for anxiety then the reduced adrenalin and slowed reaction to stimulus must slow the metabolism.  I've gained two stone in two years on citalopram but I've been much calmer and able to cope with the stresses I had.  I have felt much more emotionally stronger and in control of my feelings. Now coming off slowly as my life is in a better and or settled place and I'm going through a kind of reversal of side effects - rather like I imagine coming off alcohol or any other drug. Am a bit shaky and restless but so looking forward to getting my was back as y body catch up with my brain.  Everything's connected and your whole body has this drug in you - every cell - there has to be alterations to your body too.  I found the drug actually made me crave certain foods and I went off others including coffee and curry - rather like the hormonal changes when I was pregnant !  Hope this helps a bit. Don't worry - if u feel well and happier put up with a bit more weight.  X
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    I think so. Some may disagree but if you're taking the medication for anxiety then the reduced adrenalin and slowed reaction to stimulus must slow the metabolism.  I've gained two stone in two years on citalopram but I've been much calmer and able to cope with the stresses I had.  I have felt much more emotionally stronger and in control of my feelings. Now coming off slowly as my life is in a better and or settled place and I'm going through a kind of reversal of side effects - rather like I imagine coming off alcohol or any other drug. Am a bit shaky and restless but so looking forward to getting my waist back as my body catches up with my brain.  Everything's connected and your whole body has this drug in you - every cell - there has to be alterations to your body too.  I found the drug actually made me crave certain foods and I went off others including coffee and curry - rather like the hormonal changes when I was pregnant !  Hope this helps a bit. Don't worry - if u feel well and happier put up with a bit more weight.  X
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    Welcome to the club. I have been on cit for nearly 4 yrs and put on 3st. Spoken to my doctor and she said to try exercise,healthy eating etc nothing works, the weight stays,which for me adds to my problems. I wish you luck.
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    Yep definitely. Reduced adrenalin and feeling calmer slows the metabolism.  You are no longer 'living on your nerves! 
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    I've taken Citralopram for 15 years and haven't gained anything.  Are you eating normally and gaining weight or is it you're feeling hungry all the time?
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