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Citalopram 20 mg, weight gain. Meratol a safe option ?

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Im currently taking 20mg of citalopram a day. I have been puting lots o weight and was thinking of taking Meratol. Is it safe?
Posted Sat, 21 Apr 2012 in Medicines and Side Effects
Answered by Dr. Ashish Mittal 2 hours later

Important points of your query:
1.     Presence of some psychiatric illness
2.     On treatment with Citalopram
3.     Confusion related to use of Meratol

If we see your case you are taking Citalopram 20 mg a day which is commonly used for anxiety and depressive disorder. Both disorders can associate with decrease energy/alertness and increase fatigue which can lead to decrease activity followed by weight gain.

In your query your major concern is weight gain and safety of Meratol for weight loss. As Meratol is an herbal product I cannot comment much about this medication. But I would like to address your weight gain problem.

In your case it is important to know about starting point of weight gain. If it started with onset of depression then your problem will solve after improvement in Depression. If your problem started after starting Citalopram then discuss it with your psychiatrist. Apart from that thyroid function test should be done as thyroid dysfunction (hypothyroidism) associated with depression, anxiety and weight loss.

Hope this will help you. Wish you Good Health
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