Weight gain after coming off citalopram

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I came off citalopram 6 weeks ago. since then i have gained half a stone. does anyone know the reason for this? i gained no weight at all while i was on the medication.

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    Did your appetite increase?...I have been off them 6 months and still get withdwawal symptoms including hunger cravings 
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      No Pat my appetite did not increase infact i began eating healthier after christmas. i have been wimming but i still gained weight. I started running now and im hoping that will shift the extra weight. I didnt expect this at all
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    Hi Anne,  I also came off about 6 weeks ago and (oddly) my experience has been that  I LOST about 15 lbs.  I have been forcing myself to excercise though (mostly walking) to try and reboot/regulate my serotonin receptors although I don't believe the excercise alone is enough to account for all of the weight loss.  If you are feeling the same withdrawal symptoms I have I highly recommend a brisk walk!  Good luck...
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      Hi Stanley i didnt gain any weight while i was on the medication. the last 6 months i was on citalopram i sweated a lot at night to the point where i had to change my t shirt twice a night.My doctor told me i had a virus and it was not a side effect of the medication but im sure it was. i hope i can lose this weight and not put on anymore
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    Funny, it should usually be the other way around......when I was on Citalopram I had a hideous spare tyre that days in the gym couldn't reduce.....once I started tapering I noticed that I did shed a bit of weight. I'm also taking Bupropion to keep the depression in check as I taper off Cit, it's certainly reduced my hunger cravings to an extent
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    Hi Anne,

    I've been getting the same weight gain since starting to wean off citalopram (hadn't gained weight while on the medication and haven't been eating more!) -- I was wondering whether the weight dropped back off after a while or whether you're still experiencing the same issue??

    Thanks!

    S

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