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Propranolol and weight gain

Hi

I have been taking this drug for over 6 months now. 40mg twice a day The cluster headaches that have plagued my life are now down to a bare minimum.....(not totally gone away) and manageable.

HOWEVER! I have gained about 1.5 stone in weight, particularly round my middle. This is highly unusual for me.

My GP states this is NOT a recognised side effect and I simply must be eating more due to feeling better! As my eating habits have not changed at all, I find this very hard to accept. If I am to take this drug for the rest of my days, At this rate I will be enormous!

PLEASE…can anyone help/confirm/reassure me that this is only a temporary side effect?

cry

Thank you

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  • sherry41245 sherry41245

    Hi, I'm so glad I came across your post..I have suffered with anxiety for years and have been asking propranolol 40mg for a year and half (in stressful situations) and I have gained 1 1/2 stone esp around my middle too!! I don't eat excessively and it's uncomfortable now and making me feel quite low.. : (

  • dgsh1504 dgsh1504

    Hi. Iv recently noticed that Iv been putting on weight after taking up this medication despite eating less. I am however noticing I'm less active, a lower rate of attacks and generally just figiting less I'm hoping it's more to do with that but I am worried.

  • jan6060 jan6060 Kermodesmum

    Hi-

    I have been on propranolol for about 9 months -  1 x 150mg slow release a day, I get horrendous outbreaks of sweating and have to wash my hair more often ! Also noted weight gain round my middle !  I am at the stage now where it is VERY uncomfortable whilst sitting, and looks awful hanging over the top of trousers and skirts ! I never had a thick middle and find it really upsetting !!  I seem to tire very easily and get breathless !  Propranolol certainly sorted out the anxiety/panic, but otherwise not good for my figure or energy levels !!  sad  Don't know what to do, as trialled other medications before finding this one settled anxiety/panic once into bloodstream !  Also on 160mg of venlafaxine a day - is there a good alternative I could be on, instead of taking these ???

  • sarah73840 sarah73840 Kermodesmum

    Hi so glad I found this post! I take 120mg of propranolol a day, along with 70mg of amtriptylin due to cluster migraines. Since I've been on this medication my life has turned around, I'm not losing time from work or studies due to migraine. BUT, I have gained 2 stone in 18 months! ! I eat less, so I don't understand how this can happen,

    I suppose I am more lethargic, but still ......? I've even joined a gym but no weight loss. So I'm stuck, it's either side worth headaches that ruin my day to day existence, or pile on the pounds. . sad

    • serene39907 serene39907 sarah73840

      Hi, well I know it's been 3,years now but I get cluster migraines and am taking propranonal 160 mg/ day for about a year now. I have also gained weight around my middle but get to live a functional life now.  Are you still taking propranonal? Did you finish me any alternative medicine? 

    • valerie08687 valerie08687 serene39907

      Hi I am so glad I found this post as I have been on propranolol for tension headaches due to arthritis in neck and I have been taking 2 x 80mg for about 3 years and it really works.  I am also post menopausal, and  have put on 2 plus stones but I eat a really healthy diet. I dont see the Dr very often but mentioned this to her and she said 'well what else did you expect as it lowers your metabolism'.  Would love to know if there was an alternative as the weight gain is all around my middle.  My normal weight before was 9 1/2 stone and I was this from 30 to 50 Now I am over 12 stones, probably more I just cant bear to weigh myself

    • macpep1 macpep1 sarah73840

      I am so glad I found this, I have been on 80mg slow release propranol for over a year & have put on 2 stone & went up 3 -4 dress sizes.  I am the heaviest I have ever been.  I used to exercise a lot & have no motivation whatsoever, I come home & all I want to do is sit on the sofa.  My weight gain is all around my middle, I am going to get an appointment at doctors to see if I can come off them as I was on them for high BP & anxiety due to someone at work causing me major stress but that person is only in once a week now so I think I will be ok, hopefully weight will come off & I will be able to exercise again.

  • amy75782 amy75782 Kermodesmum

    Hi,

    I was put on half-beta prograne 80mg in November to treat migraine and anxiety.

    Since starting to take them I have noticed my heartbeat a lot more and it seems to be fast.

    I told the doctor I wanted to stop taking them because my chiropractor told me it might be a problem in my neck causing headaches/migraine. I have been on propranolol 40mg for a week to try and stop taking them. I take 2 a day but when it gets to tea time I notice my heart rate going up, when I take a tablet it stops. I'm supposed to knock the dosage down to 1 tablet a day next week then one every other day the week after and then stop after 3 weeks.

    I've noticed weight gain over the last few months about half a stone even though I've been careful with my calories.

    Does anybody know if this could be the beta blockers?

    Thanks

    Amy

  • lauren13116 lauren13116 Kermodesmum

    Hi.

    I was taking 80mg propranolol twice a day for about 6 years for A-Typical Migraines. When I started I weighed  10 stone, this time last year my weight had gone up to 11 st 13!! My diet didn't change at all but I did find that I was a lot hungrier whilst taking it. I came off Propranolol as it wasn't really helping anymore and I couldn't go on a higher dose and I had found other ways of treating/easing my migraines. It also made me lethargic and I was easily exhausted. Since I have been off of them I have gone down to 9st 3, and I only changed 2 things about my eating and that was cutting out cheese and chocolate as they are my trigger foods sad

    I know doctors say they haven't found any evidence to support the fact that propranolol causes weight gain, but they obviously havent read this thread!

     

  • steeko steeko Kermodesmum

    Hi there,

    Expereincing the same thing myself gained nearly 2 stone in 4 months and I am not one to gain weight at all. I am going to the doctors on friday to speak to him about it, I will let you know what his advice is.

  • Lindsey Jayne Lindsey Jayne Kermodesmum

    Hi.  I have just had my dosage of propranolol increased from 20mg twice a day to 40mg twice a day for a heart arrythmia.  Since taking propranolol my weight has increased from 9 stone to 11 stone 6 pounds and this is just over 7 months. My weight is all round my middle too.  My GP and consultant have both told me the weight gain is because my metabolism has slowed down and my diet is poor.  I mainly eat salad and chicken and vegetables and I make fruit smoothies every day so I would hardly say I have a poor diet.   The weight gain is getting me down as I am uncomfortable with weight I'm carrying and I am also extremely tired as well.  I

    • Kermodesmum Kermodesmum Lindsey Jayne

      Hi Lindsey

      I too have been concerned with this issue. Coincidently i have a meds review a few weeks ago and saw a locum GP. I mentioned the weight gain, especially round my abdomen and she did agree, although hastily said their was no medical research to back up these claims.

      She then asked which was better, horrific migraines or being fat?

      No support there then!

      Keep well

  • CLS CLS Kermodesmum

    i have been on propanalol for migraine for 5 months - 3 times a day in 30,20,20mg doses - was on higher but it caused extreme lethargy and depression but headaches came back when i stopped taking it altogether. i have gained a whole stone in weight round my middle and gone up a dress size. its really affecting how i feel about myself and the lack of ooomph in my life caused by the propanalol slowing me down is really causing me an upset.i used to be really active but i can be in bed by 8 nowadays and find i get tired very quickly - choice - headaches back or get fatter and more of a couch potatoe - i also get terrible chest butterflys and am breathless - the doc just shrugs ! 

  • NatMarie NatMarie Kermodesmum

    I have been on propranolol for 9 mths and have gone up 2 dress sizes!! SOO DEPRESSING! Nothing else has changed with my diet- so I do attribute it to the drug. Early January I got sick with the stomach flu and missed a daily dose or 2 and had HORRIBLE side effects! I started shaking - badly- almost convulsing! I realized then how strong the drug really is. Since January I have been reducing the dosage from 120mg daily to 80mg, and now down to 40mg. I am getting ready to half it again. I want to get my body back!! This weight around the middle feels VERY ABNORMAL. It's hard to explain- but it doesn't feel natural. I also feel very constipated; perhaps that's where the trouble lies with this drug! I hope and pray if I got off it I will drop the weight! Has any body heard if that's the case? ? On the flip side...I have had little to no migraines on propranolol. A true miracle! I just can't stand this unnatural weight on my body.

  • fionar4 fionar4 Kermodesmum

    Hi, i have been on Propanalol for 3 months, only a low dose of 10mg a day but since starting them i have put on weight like everyone else especially round my middle area, i have stayed the same weight for years and my eating habbits have not changed at all so i know its the meds that are doing it also do not sleep very well any more, crazy dreams and get very hot at night. i don't feel i can stand it anymore so taking myself of them and going back to Atenalol

    • NatMarie NatMarie fionar4

      May I ask how old you are? I am 45; Since starting these meds I have not only gained 20 lbs AND I have nite sweats, now I've stopped my monthly period!! I think it's early menopause. ..but now I'm wondering if propranolol brought these symptoms on and threw me into a menopausal state!?

    • jill26927 jill26927 NatMarie

      Hi there NatMarie. I am a young 50 year old who has always been able to control my weight. If I have ever put on a couple of pounds or so as one may by going on holiday, I have been able to drop it quite quickly. So when I was put on propananol, I felt the weight going on almost immediately ! I was already menopausal suffering with night sweats etc but I must admit, this drug helped to relieve the symptoms ! However I was not comfortable with the extra weight. Since I stopped taking it, I feel better SBD after 2 months, I have noticed my abdominal bloating reduce. I have now told my doctor and my blood pressure is now OK. I hope you find the right solution for you . Let me know x

    • fionar4 fionar4 NatMarie

      Hi Nat i'm 50, i definatly think the weight gain is due to the tablets, i have terrible night sweats too, i had been on Atenalol for 15 years and they suited me really well but the last few years had been feeling really tired all the time so the doctors thought a change of meds may improve symptoms, i really think i should just have lowered my dose insted of changing to this terrible drug, i'm not sure about your menopause, i had a very early one due to eptopic pregnancies, i would really speak to your Doctor about seeing if you can change to something else and see if it makes a difference, i think reading posts like jill26927's below says it all about the weight, my stomach is so bloated to and feel very uncomfortable, enough is enough for me, please keep in touch Jill and let me know how you get on smile

  • hails63112 hails63112 Kermodesmum

    I am so glad that I have seen this thread, I have been on propananol since November last year, 20mg per day for anxiety, I have put 1 and half stones on! All around my middle. I just can't believe it! None of my clothes fit and I feel so uncomfortable. I am just going to stop taking now but worried as it states that you can have a heart attack when stopping! I eat all healthy and excersise daily and yoga 3 times a week! Can anyone tell me how long it takes for the weight to come off after stopping?

    • jill26927 jill26927 hails63112

      Hi there. Go and see your doctor and get him to check your blood p again. I stopped taking propananol because I knew there was a connection with my weight gain and I just couldnt stand it any longer ! I saw my doctor and had my bp taken several days after stopping. It was normal and am quite sure that it should never have been prescribed to me. I had been going through a stressful period . Since stopping, my abdominal weight is reducing , slowly but surely. Hope this helps you.

  • sherry41245 sherry41245 Kermodesmum

    Hi I started this post a year ago and have to say thank you to all that have responded what a great support to know your not alone with this side effect, I have from jan this year stopped taking propranolol I was on 40mg when required for severe anxiety I cut myself down to half then every other day now I'm completely off. I would never suggest anyone to stop without consulting your gp but for me the apparent weight gain was making anxieties worse!! I'm gradually losing the extra weight gained , it's such a Shane that GP are not recognising this as a genuine effect from this medication because in so many ways it's helped me so much. I hope I can continue my life without it and I'll continue to try and find alternate ways to help with my social anxiety

    • NatMarie NatMarie sherry41245

      I've been off propranolol for a few weeks & I feel like my blood pressure is back to normal! My period is back as well- no more menopausal symptoms! I can Exercise at a normal pace again, although the extra weight is still holding me back a bit. I haven't noticed weight loss, but the lack of bloating makes me feel 10x better!

      I did take 10mg one day when I felt the headache coming on...that was just enough to keep it in check without causing adverse effects.

      So glad to be off it! Looking forward to dropping lbs soon I hope!

      Natalie

    • Kermodesmum Kermodesmum sherry41245

      Hi Sherry

      So glad you have found a resolution, and i wish you good health and happiness.

      I too told my GP about the weight gain, but she dismissed it.......instead she referred me to the local gym and pool! LOL really funny to try and excersise when you have a thumping headache and have gained a lot of weight!

      But i stay positive, with my loving family supporting me

      KEEP WELL SHERRY X

    • jingrids22089 jingrids22089 Kermodesmum

      Hello all....

      The 'weight' gain that most pharmacutecals put on is ACTUALLY WATER RETENTION..  The worst for this are anti-psycotics/and most anti-depressants.......I am on (not a water gainer) venlafaine/effexor/sedatives-ATM.....

      I speak from experience and research....

      So many doctors are told by pharmacutecal companies that meds are 'safe'...

      Doctors 'warn' clients to watch their diet....They still have not learnt about water retention......

      When one stops the medication off comes the supposed 'weight'.. Before I knew it was water, and I could not eat for days and no 'weight' dropped.....I was even attending the gym 3 x times a week....... After stopping the medication, I dropped two dress sizes in 10 days....age 48 yrs...

      It does get harder to drop as one ages..I recently had to use them for 3 x months and even though I could barley eat I went up two sizes... I am 62 yrs and after 4 x weeks I am still waiting to drop the water......I am now on water pills and will get some herbs for my kidney...

      - I AM PRAYING FOR IT TO COME OFF SOON...I WANT TO WEAR MY NICE CLOTHES  :-)  ...

      ​Namaste..

       

    • jingrids22089 jingrids22089 sherry41245

      Hello all....

      The 'weight' gain that most pharmacutecals put on is ACTUALLY WATER RETENTION..  The worst for this are anti-psycotics/and most anti-depressants.......I am on (not a water gainer) venlafaine/effexor/sedatives-ATM..... I am trying nootropics to find what combo will get me off anti-depressants-which actually stop the nutrient from rebuilding...

      I speak from experience and research....

      So many doctors are told by pharmacutecal companies that meds are 'safe'...

      Doctors 'warn' clients to watch their diet....They still have not learnt about water retention......

      When one stops the medication off comes the supposed 'weight'.. Before I knew it was water, and I could not eat for days and no 'weight' dropped.....I was even attending the gym 3 x times a week....... After stopping the medication, I dropped two dress sizes in 10 days....age 48 yrs...

      It does get harder to drop as one ages..I recently had to use them for 3 x months and even though I could barley eat I went up two sizes... I am 62 yrs and after 4 x weeks I am still waiting to drop the water......I am now on water pills and will get some herbs for my kidney...

      - I AM PRAYING FOR IT TO COME OFF SOON...I WANT TO WEAR MY NICE CLOTHES  :-)  ...

      ​Namaste..

       

    • hails63112 hails63112 jingrids22089

      Namaste

      Thanks for your post. I have tried 3 days without this med and didn't feel well, I only take 10mg once a day but my anxiety peeked, I have put a stone on and all on my middle, sometimes my eyes and lip swells, only happened since taking propananol but GP says I have developed an allergy and it's not the tablets, going on holiday soon and none of my clothes fit. Can you get water retention tablets to help?

    • jingrids22089 jingrids22089 hails63112

      Hi..clothes not fitting is SO DEPRESSING......

      are you on this for anxiety??????..

      you cannot stop this cold turkey....Prop, like anti-depressants, affect the neurotransmitters...

      cold turkey these and withdrawal symptoms set in-which you seem to be experiencing........

      Try cutting out 1/4 of the amount -use 4 x days...Then cut 1/4 of the 7.5 mg and so on...When down to the last 1/4 tablet, cut in half and use for a few days.....Hopefully by then it will have reduced trauma of neurotransmitters...

      .Re-allergy.. I believe your doc is in denial...

      After all-he/she has been told it is ok to take...............

      .I came across this site, as I wanted to know if prop put on water retention....sure does  :-( ..

      I was to use it at very low dose for anxiety, in an attempt to help me sleep........My sedatives are not shutting down my brain.............

      .Now I am back to searching nootropics-they cross the brain barrier..... They work for anxiety/foggy brain/depression and use for 'get up and go'/etc...........

      I am on water retention tablets now, as what I was taking(and have used before), and have stopped, has not yet dropped the water.. I used to drop all the water in 10 days....this time I need help.... Doc gave me 'Indapamide'.....She said it should start kicking in approx two weeks......

      Nootropics I am using now have given me some more energy/motivation, which cuts daily anxiety..  The 'sedative' ones are not strong enough to allow my mind to relax to sleep....I still have other ones to try...

      I hope you can be well...it is so depressing to go through this crap....

      Namaste- smile

    • hails63112 hails63112 jingrids22089

      Thanks so much for the information, I will try what you suggested, yes I am taking for anxiety, I am also taking ramapril for high bloodpressure! but I think that my anxiety causes me to panic which raises my bp, I hope that they will let me take water tablets and get rid of the bloated feeling all the time, I hope that you manage to concur the bulge as well. Good luck

      Thanks

    • NatMarie NatMarie jingrids22089

      Hello!

      I read your post about weight gain and "water retention". ...for propranolol I respectfully disagree. Perhaps a very small amount of it is water weight (which would explain the quick 5lbs drop) but I still have 20 extra lbs on me after 2 mths going off!

      I feel like propranolol changes your metabolism and also causes digestion/constipation problems. When I was on propranolol it felt like my food wasn't cycling thru the body naturally. The weight gain felt very unnatural -mostly around the middle - but it wasn't all water retention. I don't mind exercise ' but I've never been a big dieter (I eat pretty healthy already)....so this weight gain is awful! Tips for easy weight loss?

      Natalie

    • sherry41245 sherry41245 Kermodesmum

      Thank you it's one day at a time..my anxiety levels are quite high at the moment work two smal childrens and having builders at home everyday so it's not been great , however I'm trying to deal with it rolleyes it's hard for my husband to fully understand he does try..but I feel anxiety can be "dismissed" by some as minor ..let me to you it can be crippling as I'm sure you know..but the propranolol weight gain makes the anxiety worse! So for me not a solution..I wish you well x x

    • jingrids22089 jingrids22089 sherry41245

      Hi Sherry....for someome who has never experienced it, they have no clue..

      We all have neurotransmitters that deal differently with every situation...Each of us is unique...

      I have been much research, as I have had chronic anxiety/far for 62 yrs... Sadly my daughter is the same..

      Pharmecuticals have screwd my brain..Oh to have a place to go and be looked after -approx 4 x months-while I withdraw from medication and then have my brain slowly rework..

      I have found the past few days that "inosital" and 'L-theanine' are helping.. I am able to use less sedatives for sleep and am not going 'crazy' when something goes wrong...

      Namaste-Ingrid

    • jingrids22089 jingrids22089 NatMarie

      Hello Natalie....

      How old are you???????

      This last time round on a water retention medication has been much worse for me than 20 yrs ago...... Yes-it feels very unnatural... I too felt 'something' was happening to my system-not working correctly....To suddenly see rolls of flesh hanging etc...especially as I was forcing food down, as I could not stomach it...

      With med induced constipation problems I use ascorbic acid-vit c....I mix a tspoon of the powder with a tspoon of bi-carb-soda (baking soda)..It fizzes up into a nice drink... I would need that 5 x times a day to keep me going.....I know another way to move it without using harsh laxatives, if needed...

      My doc said it is definitely water as my lower legs were pitting.. after two weeks on water pills the pitting has gone.. I am now waiting for the rest to go...

      I know now it will take longer than the 10 days it took 20 yrs ago- oh, age has much to answer for.. :-(  ..

      I am also taking 'dandelion leaf cut' tea to help my kidney flush it..

      I came to this site as I was considering prop for anxiety...when I saw all the women with 'weight' problems and no change in diet, I knew from experience and research that it is a 'water' thing..No way way I going to use it..

      May all be well with you.

      Namaste-Ingrid

    • jingrids22089 jingrids22089 hails63112

      Hi again...

      The water pills-Imdapamide-will also lower your blood pressure..

      I meant to get straight back to oyu, but have been ill..

      To wean off prop... I use the liquid system..

      Place a 10mg pill in a bottle..add 10 ml (ounces?) to it...shake well...

      Take 5 x ml = 5 mg tablet....do for a week..

      Drop to 3 x ml for a week..

      Drop to 2  xml for a week..

      Drop to 1 x ml for a week..

      Buy some L-theanine and inositol..Start using right now while coming off prop.... I use ebay...so cheap and good asssay quality..make sure the site says so, and shows the pack..Buy bulk powder..

      I have been using this in very tiny amounts the past few days and it really helps with anxiety....I need it at bedtime-approx 1 x hr before bed...you may need some inositol in the morning as well.....I have researched so much....

      Continue using for ever??  I will be..  

      At the moment I am using dandelion leaf cut tea, to help my kidney flush..Do you have a small 2  x cup tapot..

      Be well.

      namaste-Ingrid

    • hails63112 hails63112 jingrids22089

      Hello jingrids, hope you are feeling better? Sorry to hear that you have been ill. Thank you so much for this information. I have an appointment Monday about water tablets, I can't believe that they will reduce BP, that's fab! 2birds, I am slowly reducing propananol, fingers crossed, I went to see GP again few weeks ago and he told me again that weight gain is not a side effect! I'm eating more because I feel better! And I can stop and start Propananol when I want! Thankyou so much.

      Hayley

    • jingrids22089 jingrids22089 hails63112

      Hi Haley...

      I am on 2.5 mg Indapamide..at this dose blood pressure 'usually' stays stable..

      My doc was going to give me a stronger tablet, but my blood had slightly lowered.. If it goes back to 'normal' she will give me the stronger one, ONLY if my blood prssure does not drop....

      Doctors are too quick to dismiss client observation...It is not scientifically proven, is always the answer.. They need to buy into pharmecutical 'reports' that it does no harm...   They have to guard their back...

      Indians used willow bark for pain.. The first pharmecutical was asprin from wood bark tree..   'everyone' knew it helped pain...Now, 'experts' will not acept client observation-not scientific..

      To market a product that has certain side effects, and not say so, leaves them open to be sued.....So- it does cause water retention....

      Just say to the doc- irrespective of views, let us just try and see what happens, by stopping prop and using water retention pills to see if you go back to normal weight..

      Just eat a sensible diet..

      Why on earth would you want to go on and off the prop..why subject yoursef to that water problem...

      Use the inosital and theanine for the anxiety.....you do not need permission to use it...it is just a supp that actually helps..

      You have the right to stop the prop..it is your body..

      Namaste-Ingrid

       

  • j21354 j21354 Kermodesmum

    I'm glad I found this even if it's a few months old. I'm beginning to think that weight gain is a new side effect.

    My eating habits have no changes and I had been taking 40mg daily for anxiety and migraines. I've now out on nearly 2 stone around my middle and I just can't seem to shift it. I don't eat huge amounts and I walk a lot due to my job.

    It's (nice) to know it wasn't/isn't just me

    • fionar4 fionar4 j21354

      I've been off these meds for 3 months now and like you can't seem to shift my weight gain at all, my 8 year old eats more than me, my doctors said they hadn't heard of people putting on weight, i think they need to look at boards like this, maybe they will learn a thing or too ! rolleyes this is one med i will never take again !

  • jingrids22089 jingrids22089 Kermodesmum

    Hello all....

    The 'weight' gain that most pharmacutecals put on is ACTUALLY WATER RETENTION..  The worst for this are anti-psycotics/and most anti-depressants.......I am on (not a water gainer) venlafaine/effexor/sedatives-ATM.....

    I speak from experience and research....

    So many doctors are told by pharmacutecal companies that meds are 'safe'...

    Doctors 'warn' clients to watch their diet....They still have not learnt about water retention......

    When one stops the medication off comes the supposed 'weight'.. Before I knew it was water, and I could not eat for days and no 'weight' dropped.....I was even attending the gym 3 x times a week....... After stopping the medication, I dropped two dress sizes in 10 days....age 48 yrs...

    It does get harder to drop as one ages..I recently had to use them for 3 x months and even though I could barley eat I went up two sizes... I am 62 yrs and after 4 x weeks I am still waiting to drop the water......I am now on water pills and will get some herbs for my kidney...

    - I AM PRAYING FOR IT TO COME OFF SOON...I WANT TO WEAR MY NICE CLOTHES  :-)  ...

    Namaste..

     

  • susiebelle43 susiebelle43 Kermodesmum

    I came off this medication after it caused me to gain 2 stone in weight. It has also lost its effectiveness. I asked my doctor about this being a side effect and she said it was not a common one she had come across, however a GP friend confirmed that it slows down the metabolism so weight gain is possible. She said I could lose it but would have to work extra hard to do so. So I came off it, and it took me 7 months but I lost it all through diet and exercise. I am about to try Amitriptyline which can also cause weight gain but this time I will be monitoring my weight very closely and will stop taking it if I find my weight going up!

    • jingrids22089 jingrids22089 susiebelle43

      Hi Susie....

      are you taking it for anxiety...

      amytrptalyine will also put on two dress sizes of water......

      I have/had aways been slim.....I was on amytrip and I had a time when I could not eat for a few days.. I was also tending the gym 3  x times a week...I stayed the same size....

      After I stopped amytrip I lost the water in 10 days.... I have been recently on it as my sedatives for sleep were not working...

      I have been off 5 x weeks now and a smidge has come off-seems age delays the process...My doc gave me water retenetion pills 2 x weeks ago to help....I was shattred to find my sedatives not working again...

      After much research, I am now trialling 'inositol' plus 'choline' and 'L-theanine'-small doses to start with... take the ones that work best as not all spps are equal...These three are very cheap....

      I am using less sedatives now and sleeping...

      My anxiety is lessened.. I have other issues I am working on, and praying other supplements (only those that cross the brain barrier) will get me off antidepressants..

      Namste-Ingrid

    • melody30942 melody30942 susiebelle43

      Hi, I just read this thread on weight gain and Propanolol, and noticed your post mentioned amitriptyline. I just quit Propanolol after 2 weeks and gaining 11 pounds (I'm in the USA...don't know what a 'stone' is) and just like people here on the thread, it feels like weird, sudden fat, especially in my lower belly area and upper thighs, horrible! I took amitriptyline years ago and gained about 42 pounds in a year, quit, and slowly lost weight. Be careful with the amitrip...at least for me it caused bizarre low metabolism.

        Propanolol is EQUAL TO = FAT, FAT, FAT SUDDENLY!!

      :-(  I think the med should have a warning label next to 'may cause dizziness'...'WILL CAUSE WEIGHT GAIN! Yeesh!

       Hope everyone on here is better... I am so relieved I quit. I am also so glad i am not the only one with this experience.

      Melody

    • jingrids22089 jingrids22089 melody30942

      ..Hi... I had been speaking on here a few months ago, but depression etc has me 'dead'...

      Amytriptalyine/antipsycotics and other meds that affect the brain, put on 'water retention'...   it is not 'fat' weight...  Last time I was on amy' I dropped two dress sizes in two weeks...  this time (and resorting to water retention tablets) I have lost some water, but still wearing my big clothes... it has been 3 x months now...

      The amytrip has also induced some brain damage...  I feel like a dead blimp wishing to die..... BLOODY MEDICAL PROFFESSION.....  They did this to me...

      I am trying to find nootroics to handle the depression/anxiety...  They are not working..  From what I can acertain, I have blocked channels/debris resulting from the antidepressants... I am still on effexor which I was on with amytrip added.....

      Regards Ingrid

    • melody30942 melody30942 jingrids22089

      I'm sad for what you have been through, and I sympathize. I hope that debris gets out of your system; I know it might sound too minimal but maybe a once a week detox day with a juicer for fruit & veggies. I did that after emergency laparotomy for ovarian cysts and endometriosis with my nutritionist's suggestion to flush out the xenoestrogens and I felt alot better every month & have had no more cysts. I have PTSD with depression & anxiety and have too much experience with meds! I have been on Wellbutrin (bupropion) for about 8 months with zero side effects and any sadness is so brief and i got more energy. If I get sad, it's not crippling anymore. Try it maybe?

      I just was told by my shrink she wants to eventually taper me off Xanax because of memory issues. However, Xanax has been awesome with my anxiety. She and I are arguing a bit over this point. *sigh*

      Propanolol sucks and is no replacement for xanax!

      I hope those ideas help.

      Melody

  • kimberli1975 kimberli1975 Kermodesmum

    I'm so thankful for finding this. I've been on propranolol for a few years for anxiety and have gained about 20 lbs. Ugh. I have been having such a hard time losing it. I'm just glad to know that others are having this same issue and it's not just me. I amend that: I'm sorry we all are going thru this. It sucks. But my anxiety sucked worse. I'm at a point I think I'm going to start deeming myself down. I hope that it works.

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