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Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Antidepressants and Bariatric Surgery

Antidepressants and Bariatric Surgery

Some antidepressants cause weight gain. Others suppress appetite and can help with weight loss. Below is a list of antidepressants that fit into three separate categories.

Antidepressants that may increase your weight:

Paxil - (this is known to be the worst to cause weight gain)
Elavil or other tricyclic antidepressants

Antidepressants that tend to be weight neutral. (After early weight loss patients tend to slowly gain weight over time.)


Antidepressants that often cause weight loss


If you are taking an antidepressant that is known to cause weight gain or is weight neutral speak with your primary care physician or psychiatrist about the possibility of changing to an antidepressant that can assist you in losing weight or help you keep your weight off.

Please do not stop any antidepressant without consulting your doctor.

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