Inevitably, as you get older, you will start to notice that your weight is gradually increasing. Chances are, you will start to feel unsatisfied with your appearance, and the thought of losing a few pounds may occur to you. While depression and anxiety are common causes of weight gain, there are many different factors that may contribute to your weight problem. One of the most underrated factors is medication side effects. Specifically, many people assume that antidepressants will help them lose weight, but this is not always the case.
Antidepressants And Weight Gain
Let’s be honest, taking medication (even prescription medication) to help with depression and anxiety is something that we as a society have come to accept. However, just because you are taking medications doesn’t mean you have to follow what the doctors say and start losing weight – even if they do suggest you do so. The truth is, many medications have numerous side effects. These side effects may include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Dry mouth
- Dry eye
- Difficulty concentrating
- Muscle twitching
- Loss of appetite
- Memory problems
- Shaky hands
- Weakness in fingers
Each person is different, and while these are all real side effects, they don’t necessarily mean that your particular medication will cause you to gain weight. It’s important to remember that the side effects of one medication may be helpful for someone else. For example, Prozac (fluoxetine) can cause nausea and dry mouth. However, for someone else, these side effects may be helpful in reducing anxiety and depression (especially anxiety). Take into consideration all the medications that you are taking, as well as their possible side effects. While some medications may help you to lose weight, you should not assume that all of them will. Your doctor should be able to suggest some alternatives that may help you to achieve your desired weight loss.
How About The Wellbutrin Xl?
One of the least harmful medications that can help with weight loss is Wellbutrin XL (bupropion hydrochloride). This medication was originally approved by the FDA to help decrease nicotine cravings in people who are trying to quit smoking. Since then, it has been found to have many other uses, including the following:
- Improve sleep quality
- Reduce stress and anxiety
- Increase energy levels
- Lower blood pressure
- Stabilize moods
- Achieve and maintain weight loss*
- Protect against heart disease
If you are currently taking Wellbutrin XL and notice that it helps you to lose weight, don’t be discouraged. Just because it isn’t the first medication that comes to mind when you think of losing weight does not mean that it cannot help you. Do your research and see if Wellbutrin XL has anything for which it is commonly prescribed, and if so, try and see if there is any possibility that it could help you to lose weight.
Even more amazing is that Wellbutrin XL has been found to increase metabolism, leading to more weight loss. Unfortunately, like many other medications, there are side effects that come with Wellbutrin XL. The most serious and common side effect is nausea. Other side effects include headache, dry mouth, and constipation. If you are seeking a medication to help you to lose weight, Wellbutrin XL certainly has a place among the options, but it may not be the best one. Your doctor should be aware of all of your other medications and what effects they have on you. This is especially important if you are taking Wellbutrin XL since many medications can interfere with its effects.
The Role Of Anticonvulsants
When we think about losing weight, many people automatically assume that taking medication is the answer. However, there is another option that deserves much more consideration. This is anticonvulsants. Specifically, the anticonvulsants are medications that can help prevent seizures. Because seizures are often associated with an increase in appetite, many people assume that taking anticonvulsants will cause them to lose weight. While this may be true in some cases, it is not always the case. Let’s look at the following medications:
- Zonisamide (Zonegran)
- Gabapentin (Neurontin)
- Phenobarbital (Luminal)
- Lamotrigine (Lamictal)
- Topiramate (Monkey Kong)
Each of these medications can cause different side effects. For example, Lamotrigine can cause dry mouth, nausea, and vomiting. However, if you are seeking a medication to help you to lose weight, anticonvulsants may be a better option for you. Some of these medications have been known to help people who are suffering from diabetes to achieve and maintain a normal weight. Interestingly, a number of anticonvulsants have also been shown to increase metabolic rate, helping to burn more calories. This is why, if you are taking these medications as prescribed, you may notice that you start to lose a little weight.
Thinking About Dieting?
So you’re starting to think about dieting? Great! Everyone should be thinking about dieting, regardless of whether they are actually overweight or not. The problem is, most people who are thinking about dieting have poor body image, which may lead them to suffer from disordered eating. Dieting is often associated with many different mental disorders, including the following:
- Anorexia nervosa
- Bulimia nervosa
- Obsessive compulsive disorder
- Eating disorder not otherwise specified (EDNOS)
- Selective mutism
If you think that dieting may be able to help with your weight problem, you should definitely seek professional help. The main thing is to realize that there are many different ways to lose weight, and it’s important to find the one that works best for you. If you’re looking for a way to diet and improve your health, there are many different options available to you, including the medications that I mentioned above. Just remember, it’s not all about the weight. You have to find a way that makes you happy and comfortable in your own body.