Mental Health/ Anti Depreesants weight Gain

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Mental Health/ Anti Depreesants weight Gain

Postby jackthelad » Fri Jan 26, 2018 1:43 am

Anyone else had weight gains from medication
what did you do to combat it
Solutions and suggestions welcome
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Re: Mental Health/ Anti Depreesants weight Gain

Postby 10speedsemiracer » Fri Jan 26, 2018 2:34 am

If you're having issues with whatever was prescribed for depression/anxiety, then it's straight back to GP and swap, don't mess about with it. Please.
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Re: Mental Health/ Anti Depreesants weight Gain

Postby jackthelad » Fri Jan 26, 2018 3:47 am

all good
meds work, weight gain
common side affect of AD drugs
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Re: Mental Health/ Anti Depreesants weight Gain

Postby 10speedsemiracer » Fri Jan 26, 2018 4:12 am

Surprisingly, stuff like Pristiq often results in appetite suppression but there is anecdotal evidence that some clients experience weight gain issues. There is probably an alternate that has same benefits but not the weight gain.
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Re: Mental Health/ Anti Depreesants weight Gain

Postby jackthelad » Fri Jan 26, 2018 10:44 am

10speedsemiracer wrote:Surprisingly, stuff like Pristiq often results in appetite suppression but there is anecdotal evidence that some clients experience weight gain issues. There is probably an alternate that has same benefits but not the weight gain.


I use a drug called Lexapro
i think known for weight gain
even after going to gym and riding as normal

Hopefully I am coming off it soon
As i already take head drugs for epilepsy,
one of which that is already used to treat anxiety/depression already
and i hate taking more.
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Postby 10speedsemiracer » Fri Jan 26, 2018 3:58 pm

OK, wasn't aware you were on more than one med. All psychotropic meds have the potential for weight gain despite offering appetite-suppression qualities early in the course, dependent on the client. There was a paper written a while ago detailing how it could be avoided, something to do with lo-fat carb intake early in the day. I'll try and find it and will send.
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Postby 10speedsemiracer » Fri Jan 26, 2018 4:00 pm

Although this probably isn't the place to gain advice re pharmacological interactions. Still think you need to sit down with GP or at least discuss with a Pharmacist you trust, who would then provide recommendations which you can take back to your GP/Psych
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Re: Mental Health/ Anti Depreesants weight Gain

Postby Leaf T » Fri Jan 26, 2018 5:23 pm

The way you use the word client in your posts suggests you are a university trained health professional.

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Re: Mental Health/ Anti Depreesants weight Gain

Postby jackthelad » Fri Jan 26, 2018 7:23 pm

10speedsemiracer wrote:PM'd

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Re: Mental Health/ Anti Depreesants weight Gain

Postby Kronos » Tue Jan 30, 2018 3:41 am

10speedsemiracer wrote:Surprisingly, stuff like Pristiq often results in appetite suppression but there is anecdotal evidence that some clients experience weight gain issues. There is probably an alternate that has same benefits but not the weight gain.


I had a guy I know take Pristiq and when he tried coming off it he started hearing voices. This is one of the worse side effects it can have. If I had my choices I wouldn't take Pristiq nor recommend it to someone else. It was interesting enough when I started taking Mirtazapine and I had closed eye visual hallucinations. You may wish to read this before you try Pristiq.

https://medlineplus.gov/druginfo/meds/a608022.html

Unfortunately the more common side effects of a lot, if not all of the various antidepressants is weight gain. This happens because it slows down your metabolism. If you don't like that side effect go back to your psychiatrist (or ask for a referral to see a psychiatrist under medicare) and change it for something that does not have that side effect.

There are 6 different types of antidepressants (MAOI, tricyclic, tetracyclic SSRI, SNRI and atypicals e.g. mianserin and mirtazapine) then there is the new type of SSRI/SNRI antidepressants that have melatonin activating action (Valdoxen). Out of that there are literally hundreds of choices of different variations. That's before you get to things like lithium for people with bipolar and treatment resistant depression.

You really need to sit down with a psychiatrist and find the right one for you. They are available for around $0-$100 depending on where you go per session with a medicare referral of which you can have 10 sessions per year or if you can't afford it any other way you can go to your local adult mental health. This isn't really something I would leave entirely in the hands of a GP. As much as thy would like to argue they don't generally have the same amount of in depth psychopharmacology.

Aside from the above book in to see your doctor to get a referral to see a psychologist. The gold standard for the long term treatment and management of depression and anxiety is CBT or DBT depending on which way your problem tends to go and what the underlying causes are. Drugs by themselves wont fix your problem, they are a very rudimentary crutch until you can get over the hump. You wont shift your depression with drugs alone. It is curable with the right treatment but that involves being able to afford long term therapy.

I speak from the lived experience of 16 years with the burden of anxiety and depression.
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Re: Mental Health/ Anti Depreesants weight Gain

Postby jackthelad » Tue Jan 30, 2018 4:06 am

this was nerver a long term solution
but used as a coping mechanism
while going through the processes of a work injury
thanks to due process. hopefully, i will have closure and come off them.

i'm already well medicated for epilepsy, and Dr's and medical help

this was genuinely asking if it affected anyone else, and what they did about it,
ie eat more, less or myfitnesspal, calorie count etc
not suggest the way my treatment is done etc. i have that under control

Plus i'd prefer your opinion more on whether i shold go 30 tooth on my 10/50 Casette,
to get more midrange use, rather than my 32, i have at the moment
was topping out on a big social ride, by using big rear all the time
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Re: Mental Health/ Anti Depreesants weight Gain

Postby Kronos » Tue Jan 30, 2018 4:10 am

Weight gain is common, although I haven't had any real issue with it. That said I do tend to go to the gym regularly and I just finished a 55km ride yesterday afternoon. If you're going to burn 1500 calories on a ride you can eat whatever you like.

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Re: Mental Health/ Anti Depreesants weight Gain

Postby jackthelad » Thu Feb 01, 2018 3:13 pm

Kronos wrote:Weight gain is common, although I haven't had any real issue with it. That said I do tend to go to the gym regularly and I just finished a 55km ride yesterday afternoon. If you're going to burn 1500 calories on a ride you can eat whatever you like.


Do you find going to the gym, 2 to 3 times a week good?
when you say 55km, do you mean on road or offroad?
do you have riding buddies, for road riding and mountain biking?
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Re: Mental Health/ Anti Depreesants weight Gain

Postby Kronos » Thu Feb 01, 2018 3:25 pm

jackthelad wrote:
Kronos wrote:Weight gain is common, although I haven't had any real issue with it. That said I do tend to go to the gym regularly and I just finished a 55km ride yesterday afternoon. If you're going to burn 1500 calories on a ride you can eat whatever you like.


Do you find going to the gym, 2 to 3 times a week good?
when you say 55km, do you mean on road or offroad?
do you have riding buddies, for road riding and mountain biking?


I's statistically proven that exercise makes you happy. It builds up the good chemicals in your brain such as serotonin and dopamine. Riding outdoors is also beneficial in getting vitamin d which is also responsible for your mood. I rode 55km on road the day before yesterday, my average ride is around 30-40km. I ride by myself but there are plenty of bunchies around.

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