Antidepressants That Don't Cause Weight Gain

By Matt Knouff

Many antidepressants have the side effect of weight gain. This may lead to stopping the medication, which results in the depressive symptoms returning or becoming worse. However, medications are available that are less likely to lead to weight gain. Always discuss any potential side effects of medications with your doctor.

Many antidepressants have the side effect of weight gain. This may lead to stopping the medication, which results in the depressive symptoms returning or becoming worse. However, medications are available that are less likely to lead to weight gain. Always discuss any potential side effects of medications with your doctor.

Wellbutrin

Wellbutrin (bupropion) has a very low risk of causing weight gain. It actually appears to have the opposite effect in many individuals: weight loss. Zyban, another marketed form of bupropion, is used as a stop smoking aid, so Wellbutrin may also help with quitting smoking.

Prozac

Prozac (fluoxetine) is an SSRI (serotonin selective reuptake inhibitor) that is associated with both weight loss and weight gain as possible side effects. Weight gain is not as common with Prozac as many other SSRIs.

Cymbalta

Cymbalta (duloxetine) is a newer anti-depressant that has been shown to be rather weight neutral. It has also been shown to be effective in treatment of fibromyalgia.

Asendin

Asendin (amoxapine) is a heterocyclic antidepressant that is generally not associated weight gain or weight loss. However, heterocyclic antidepressants are rarely prescribed due to potentially serious side effects.

Diet and Exercise

Eating a healthy, balanced diet and following a regular exercise routine helps prevent weight gain and can help alleviate depression.

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About the Author

Matt Knouff is a mental health professional, programmer and freelance writer from Lafayette, Ind. His educational background includes a bachelor's degree in psychology and anthropology from Purdue University and undergraduate certificates in computer science and music production. He has been writing professionally for three years and currently writes for TopTenReviews.com and other online publications.

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