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Weight gain has been mentioned as one of the most bothersome side effects of antidepressant treatment. (97) More than 1 in 10 Americans takes an antidepressant drug. - US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)  
[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Antidepressant weight gain has become even more interesting because of the fact that antipsychotic medication use is escalating after FDA approval of their use for major depressive and bipolar disorders, which most likely will increase the incidence of weight gain and metabolic effects.   Psych drugs cause more profound weight gain than the traditional antidepressant drugs discussed in the personal story in this chapter. If you are taking a psych / mood altering drug for depression you may refer to the psych drug chapter for more details on weight gain with this family of drugs. This chapter is about weight gain with the traditional and very popular antidepressants drugs that 1 in every 10 Americans take.[/vc_column_text][vc_separator css=".vc_custom_1485640796622{padding-top: 25px !important;}"][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/3"][vc_single_image image="149" css=".vc_custom_1485640976678{padding-top: 25px !important;}"][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="2/3"][vcex_teaser heading="Skeleton Racer" img_size="full" heading_color="#5cc1ed"]This chapter is about a young woman taking a drug (Prozac) in the most popular family of antidepressants, the SSRIs (Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors). Although the weight gain is less with this family of drugs than with some of the other antidepressant drugs, it is significant and can be life changing, as this inspiring story based on real events tells us. See how Kristin reversed drug induced weight gain.[/vcex_teaser][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_separator css=".vc_custom_1486237422359{padding-bottom: 0px !important;}"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/4"][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][vc_single_image image="773"][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][vc_column width="3/4"][vcex_heading text="Common antidepressants are associated with weight gain when taken long term. " color="#f4980e"][vc_column_text color="#f4980e"]
25% of people who take the most popular antidepressants in the SSRI family gain greater than 7% weight. (149)
[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_separator css=".vc_custom_1486237392526{padding-top: 0px !important;}"][vc_column_text css=".vc_custom_1485641765813{padding-top: 25px !important;}"]Two-thirds of people with major depression present with weight loss, and gaining weight can be associated with successful treatment. Weight gain is of concern—and likely to be drug-induced—if it exceeds the depression-induced weight loss and continues after depressive symptoms improve (58).[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_btn title="Download eBook" color="pink" css=".vc_custom_1485213423735{padding-top: 20px !important;padding-bottom: 20px !important;}"][/vc_column][/vc_row]