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How can you get the weight off if you took Depakote for 5 weeks and went from 127lbs to 157lbs during that time even though you work hard to stay fit?

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2015-07-15 20:47:20
2015-07-15 20:47:20

I hear ya. I gained 15 pounds in only 7 weeks taking Lexapro. Like Depakote, Lexapro screws up your metabolism. From what I understand (from Lex, anyway) is that it changes your body to get a constant "fix" for seratonin in the form of food.

In my case the weight came on because of ravenous hunger. I can't seem to eat enough and I am forever hungry. The only thing I can think of is to replace the carbs and sweets that I've been craving with healthier non-carb foods.

Someone also told me (well, actually a few people have told me) that taking Omega3 (fish oil) supplements works wonders in terms of regulating seratoning and helping with the weight loss.

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