What antidepressant would be prescribed to a 15 year old?
Topic: What antidepressant would be prescribed to a 15 year old?
June 20, 2019 / By Javan Question:
Which have a side effect of appetite loss?
i saw a psychiatrist 2 months ago. he said i had symptoms of being depressed but i had enviromental factors that would put anyone in my same boat. he left it up to me whether i wanted medicine or not. i see him tomorrow because im considering it. i dont want to gain weight on the pills though. when i was eleven i had anorexia. i dont want to freak if it causes me to gain weight.
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Gabriel | 4 days ago
Discuss the matter with the doctor. Do not seek advice from anyone on this site about medication. This is a serious subject and the people on here do not know the first thing about meds or symptoms.
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This is an excellent question, one that cannot be easily answered.... You'll certainly get different answers, even amongst specialists.
First of all, you should know that many physicians are uncomfortable when it comes to prescribing antidepressants to teens; some are afraid that this increases the risk of suicide. Psychiatrists, such as your doctor, are more open to using antidepressants with teenagers.
You should specify that you really want to avoid weight gain with your new medication.
Mirtazapine (usually known under the name Remeron) is well known to cause weight gain so that's probably not an option here. Trazodone (Desyrel) and Paroxetine (Paxil) reported also more than 2% of their patients with significant weight gain.
Which antidepressant remains?
The options seem to be Venlafaxine (effexor), sertraline (zoloft), citalopram (celexa), escitalopram (known as cipralex or lexapro, depending on your location...), fluoxetine (prozac) and fluvoxamine..
It's difficult the predict which one is the right for you, especially for someone that doesn't know your entire story. However, if you were to ask me, I would be tempted to start with fluoxetine (prozac): it's been around for quite a while, it's been used in teenagers and even patients with eating disorders. It's supposed to be relatively neutral when it comes to weight gaining (although some individuals have experienced weight loss or and others had weight gain).
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I had the same problem as you when i was 15 and had an eating disorder when i was 9 untill i was nearly 11. When i was about 15 they put me on Zoloft, im not on it any more (im 19 now) because my body has gotten used to it, but it is a VERY very good med, does NOT cause weight gain what so ever and i had absolutley no side effects from it.
I was on Lexapro for about 6 months, it did absolutly nothing and one other one that i cant remember the name for, a few of my friends have also been on Zoloft and say that its a life saver!
Also, any med that you on that could cause weight gain may not be a problem, because it will stop you feeling depressed meaning you will have the energy and feel like excersising, so you probably wouldnt gain any weight. My partner is on a Mood Stabilizer that causes weight gain (mood stabilzers are the most thing that will cause weight gain, but they arent anti depressants) and he didnt like the sound of that at first but found as his appitite was increasing, he was feeling more ready to go out and exercise, so it sort of weighs each other out! Feel free to email me and ask me any questions on anti depressants or depression, i have seen psychologists enough to know enough to be one lol.
Good luck, but please dont pass up on a med just incase your afraid of gaining weight (you most likely wont)!!!
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Uh. Wellbutrin is the only anti depressant that has a low risk of weight gain, but since you had anorexia, it is contrindicated to prescribe this medication. It has been shown that people who have ever had or currently have an eating disorder are more prone to seizures on this med. Since you have already had an eating disorder, then I am not going to inform you of any antidepressants that will supress the appetite. I doubt that your psychiatrist will allow that as well. The point is to help you with your depression, not to help you lose weight.
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Many M.D.'s prescribe Prozac because that is the only one approved by the FDA in teens.
I have found that Lexapro and Celexa work very well for teens.
Wellbutrin is another one that does not cause weight gain for most people.
When I accompany teen clients to their M.D. appointments, I often advocate for Lexapro; teens report they sleep better, focus better in the day time, their temper./ irritability improves greatly, they have more energy, and just feel like their old selves again.
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Originally Answered: Constipation and Antidepressant?
I feel for you. I had the same problem with Lexapro for OCD/Anxiety.
It eventually does go away, but in the mean time try a stool softener like Colace. Stay away from the laxatives. Also, hot coffee or tea can help, de-caf if that's your choice. If neither of those work for you, try hot water with a little lemon and honey. All of these can work to...um...grease the skids. Ahem.
Good luck and good for you for taking control of your life!
ADDITIONAL: Pantherswin has a good point! How could I forget good old Prune Juice? *palms forehead* It does work.