Since Lexapro effects the brain chemistry to help balance the serotonin levels for people with anxiety and depression, it can and does lead to changes in weight. Everyone’s body reacts differently so it may be the case that you may end up losing weight, or even gaining weight, depending on how your body reacts. Most people find that the Lexapro and weight gain that they experience is due to fluid level changes and can often be quickly remedied by switching to another SSRI, or more closely monitoring your diet. For people that experience Lexapro and weight loss it is primarily due to the change in appetite and/or taste of food. Closely discussing your concerns with your doctor and regularly checking in, will make sure that you catch any swing in weight before it becomes a problem.
Does Lexapro cause weight gain?
There have been some cases of Lexapro and weight gain but weight loss is usually a much more common symptom. With that being said, if you are taking a higher dosage or are not physically active, Lexapro will often increase your weight through fluid retention. Another factor to consider with Lexapro and weight gain is the increased chance of overeating due to changing in emotional state. As some of the side effects affect your mood, you may be more likely to eat unhealthy or comfort foods, especially for people that already have body image issues. Discussing all of these factors with your doctor can help you to make a plan that can encourage a return to a healthy weight, or prevent it from occurring in the first place.
Does Lexapro cause weight loss?
For the vast majority of people that experience changes in weight when taking this medication is weight loss. Lexapro and weight loss is often caused by the alteration of taste that can make food unappealing to smell or taste. Beyond the sensory alterations, Lexapro and weight loss can be experienced through reduced appetite. It is very important to ensure that you are getting enough nutrition, which can be difficult with a reduced appetite. People have reported going whole days without eating as they forgot to eat. Discuss this possibility with your doctor and have a plan of attack to make sure that you keep your nutrition and health from deteriorating while you try to balance your brain chemistry.