Is there anything I can do about it?
Answered by GP Dr Keith Hopcroft
Antidepressants do sometimes cause weight gain – either as a direct side effect or because when the treatment works, appetite improves in tandem with mood. If you’ve only recently started treatment, try to bear with it as things are likely to level off in due course. In the meantime, you can work on your diet and exercise levels, both of which might improve your depression, too. But if you’ve been on treatment for quite a while – say, more than six months – and you’re feeling fine, then you may be able to stop it. Discuss things with your doc first, though.