Lexapro weight changes are a common concern for those taking this medication. However, there is some confusion regarding whether the side effects of Lexapro include weight loss or weight gain.
To confuse the matter even more, the answer is that Lexapro can result in both weight loss or weight gain depending on the individual.
The quick answer is not black and white. Lexapro may cause weight loss or weight gain, depending on the individual.
The reason is that each individual responds to medications differently, so what may work for your neighbor may not work for you.
What Is Lexapro?
Lexapro is a prescription medication that is used in the treatment of depression, anxiety, and other conditions. It is a type of medication called a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor, or SSRI.
It works by interacting with the chemicals in the brain that contribute to mood and emotional well-being.
Some studies indicate that weight gain may occur in up to 5% of those taking the medication, but weight loss is far more common.
Weight loss is more likely because nausea and decreased appetite are two side effects of Lexapro.
In my clinical experience, however, this Lexapro tends to be more weight neutral. This means some folks taking this medication will lose weight, even fewer will gain weight, but most will remain the same.
That said, it is useful to track your weight while first taking Lexapro to track any potential weight changes. If you experience weight changes, inform your doctor.
In order to detect any weight changes, users of Lexapro should monitor their weight regularly. Track any weight loss or weight gain and report these changes to you prescribing doctor.
Take special note of any sudden or dramatic weight loss or gain while taking Lexapro.
As always, if you have any questions or concerns regarding Lexpro and weight loss or gain consult with your treating healthcare provider. Report any side effects to your doctor, especially any serious or severe side effects.
Remember to only take Lexapro as prescribed; follow all instructions carefully. Do not share your Lexapro with others; do not sell your prescription medications. Also, never take any medication that was not prescribed for you.
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