Zoloft, Effexor and Serzone cause little or no weight gain, and Wellbutrin can actually cause weight loss. Naltrexone may help prevent weight gain when used with antidepressants, according to WebMD.Continue Reading
Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, medications that affect levels of serotonin within the brain, are the antidepressants that most commonly cause weight gain, states the New York Daily News. Another class of antidepressant medications, tricyclic antidepressants, are less likely to cause weight gain.
Another less common type of antidepressant, known as monoamine oxidase inhibitors, is also less likely to cause weight gain, according to the National Institute of Health. Phenelzine is the drug in this class most likely to cause weight gain, while isocarboxazid and tranylcypromine are less likely to have an effect on weight.
Researchers from Harvard Medical School have conducted studies showing that the average amount of weight gained as a side effect of antidepressant use is minimal, usually around 2 pounds. Subjects who used citalopram experienced the most weight gain. Some test subjects actually lost weight, so weight gain is not always a side effect of antidepressant use. The researchers recommend that people suffering from a specific type of depression known as atypical major depression avoid antidepressants known to cause weight gain because weight gain is already a symptom of atypical major depression and may be exacerbated by the antidepressant use.Learn more about Side Effects
Both weight gain and weight loss are metabolic side effects listed for Nexium on RxList. People looking to use an acid reducer that does not cause weight gain should talk with their doctor.Full Answer >
Research shows that people taking sertraline, with trade name Zoloft, gained about two pounds on average. Sertraline is an antidepressant, belonging to the class of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors or SSRIs. Other similar antidepressants, like citalopram and fluoxetine, have also been found to cause 1 to 2 pounds weight gain.Full Answer >
Wellbutrin reduces cravings, improves mood and enhances well-being, which may result in weight loss, according to WebMD. Bupropion, the generic name for Wellbutrin, was developed to help people stop smoking and is proven to ease nicotine withdrawal symptoms and reduce cravings.Full Answer >
According to Psychology Today, antidepressants such as Lexapro have been connected to weight gain for decades. Scientists are still uncertain about the link between antidepressants, weight gain and appetite, but there has been success in implementing diet plans for people on SSRIs.Full Answer >