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I am on Celexa for depression and anxiety. I gad zero

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I am on Celexa for depression and anxiety. I gad zero appitite the first few days but then it came back, but I am tired all the time. My issue is I am gaining weight. Previously doc offered phentermine but I declined. I think with anxiety issue that would be out. What can I do to reverse effects of celexa induced weight gain?
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Greetings, and than you for your question. I see you are offline right now, but allow me to offer that there are several options to dealing with antidepressant-induced weight gain: (1) Switch to a different antidepressant and see if it works as well but without the weight gain; (2) Add another medication to it which will reduce weight gain by reducing appetite, such as Wellbutrin or Ritalin; (3) Dietary and exercise modifications, such as regular exercise (could be as simple as walking a mile a day) and eating multiple small meals during the day instead of a few big ones.

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Weight gain is common in these medications, so all of these are reasonable options to consider.

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Hope this helps! Please let me know if I may be of further service.

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Customer: replied 5 years ago.
Bike ride planned for Wed, starting there. Bad back, so limmiting there, but can do some. Thanks for the help. I will ask about the Wellbutrin (wife takes that) or ritalin. I do have anxiety, so is ritilin contra-indicated (doesnt it overexite you)?
Ritalin can over-activate some people, so if it is chosen as an option, it should be a low dose of the short-acting kind - that way, if it is a bad fit for you, it "washes out" of your system quickly (unlike a longer-acting version). Wellbutrin can also overactivate, but because it is longer-acting than Ritalin, its effects may stick around longer than the Ritalin. As with the Ritalin, I'd recommend the lowest dose possible (75 mg) and moving from there.
I have use both in patients with good success, even in patients with anxiety, so the presence of anxiety does not necessarily make them a poor option for you.
Glad to be of service! Hope this helps.
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