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    rab; i can empathise! but what with university, a child and a full-time partner its kinda difficult. i'm already training twice a week and i've only been doing it 5 months...

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    Oh right. I took ciprelex for anxiety untill I started training. I never a any weight side affects (a strong gust of wind could blow me away :P ) but the side affects are different for everyone I think.

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    Exercise is a great way to cope with depression, but it won't make it go away. Not if it's clinical depression.

    I took Fluoxetine (Prozac) for about 8 months. Since I started taking it, I gained 30lbs. I think they could have affected my metabolism, since I hardly eat anything, so it's weird that I would gain weight. I've stopped taking it for a few months now and my weight has mostly stabilized.

    Let's see if it will actually go down now. I'm also going to get a complete bloodwork done to see what is going on, if anything.

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    Quote Originally Posted by asimpson2006
    I though anti-depressants made your metabolism slow down. I know some meds do that for me, mainly allergy medicine and antibotic medicine.
    does that mean if i take anti depressants, i can make my metabolism slow down and gain weight that way?

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    Quote Originally Posted by truepwrz
    does that mean if i take anti depressants, i can make my metabolism slow down and gain weight that way?
    No. You're tall and skinny, aren't' you?

    To the OP - have you considered the underlying cause of your depression? It may well be the winter months. My wife recently ordered two "sun lamps" for treating seasonal depression and the change in her was instantaneous and dramatic.

    Simply put, there is no means by which you body can put on weight that does not originate with what you eat. I would explore altering our diet and resuming your exercise routine LONG before I looked at altering the meds.

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    Quote Originally Posted by truepwrz
    does that mean if i take anti depressants, i can make my metabolism slow down and gain weight that way?
    If you want to gain fat then go for it. It won't help you put on muscle.

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    I'd like to interject that if your doctor prescribes you meds, DO NOT STOP TAKING THEM WITHOUT LETTING THEM KNOW.

    The shelf name I came across for Escitalopram was Lexapro. The Physician's Desk Reference says the following about stopping your meds:

    During marketing of Lexapro and other SSRIs and SNRIs (serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors), there have been spontaneous reports of adverse events occurring upon discontinuation of these drugs, particularly when abrupt, including the following: dysphoric mood, irritability, agitation, dizziness, sensory disturbances (e.g., paresthesias such as electric shock sensations), anxiety, confusion, headache, lethargy, emotional lability, insomnia, and hypomania. While these events are generally self-limiting, there have been reports of serious discontinuation symptoms.
    Regarding bleeding, since you do combat sports:

    Patients should be cautioned about the concomitant use of LEXAPRO and NSAIDs, aspirin, or other drugs that affect coagulation since the combined use of psychotropic drugs that interfere with serotonin reuptake and these agents has been associated with an increased risk of bleeding.
    The PDR claims that Lexapro doesn't show a significant weight gain compared to people on placebo. On the other hand, fluoxetine does show weight-gain as a frequent side-effect. Might want to talk to your doctor about that.

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    dysphoric mood, irritability, agitation, dizziness, sensory disturbances (e.g., paresthesias such as electric shock sensations), anxiety, confusion, headache, lethargy, emotional lability, insomnia, and hypomania.
    I can attest to this, but I'd still say, stop cold turkey (I did, numerous times). Those meds are fucking **** and if you quit, you'll only feel shitty for awhile, instead of forever.

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    Quote Originally Posted by truepwrz
    does that mean if i take anti depressants, i can make my metabolism slow down and gain weight that way?
    No offense, that's about the most retarded thing I've read since your post declaring that you dropped from 4 hours of sleep to 3 hours of sleep and wondering if that will impact your training.

    YOU WILL GAIN MUSCLE IF YOUR BODY IS ALLOWED TO REPAIR ITSELF. The majority of that reparing is done WHILE YOU SLEEP.

    Are you still sleeping less than 4 (or less) hours? If so, taking psychotropics will turn you into a first class nutcase.

    In short:

    Sleep deprivation + SSRI's (the drugs) = fucked up brain.
    Last edited by HongKongFukYu; 1/10/2008 2:35pm at .

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    My buddy from work was put on a Lexapro regiment for six months (as was a friend's mother) and both complained of having an irresistible sweet tooth. Anyone know how that one works?

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