Dee13 asked in HealthMental Health · 9 years ago

Does Xanax cause weight gain?

I have very bad panic attacks and before I started seeing a therapist, I was afraid to drive on the highway, get in an elevator, and get on an airplane (still haven't in years but we're working on it.) He prescibed me xanax and I've felt so good on it that I didn't notice the 15lbs I gained in 5 months. Could it be because I'm happier and eating more? or is it the actual pill increasing my appetite? I'll take the excess weight over the anxiety I used to encounter, but I'm just wondering if anyone has a definitive answer by experience because I get conflicting ones form everyone I know and even medical studies.

Update:

And yes I do get cravings...but I am a woman so I think that may be the estrogen lol.

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  • 9 years ago
    Best answer

    Xanax has a calming effect, when your body and mind is relaxed, you tend not to burn as many calories.

    It's all about calories in and calories out. If one intakes more calories than one burns, than that person will gain weight. That's what it really comes down too.

    Some basis diet and exercise should be more than enough to keep weight gain at bay.

  • Anonymous
    5 years ago

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  • Anonymous
    5 years ago

    Here are some changes that you can incorporate into your life now that will take some weight off, and more importantly keep it off.

    Drink more water

    Don't drink any soda, even diet soda has a lot of sodium [salt] which will keep water in your body.

    Eat more fruits and veggies, less processed food and fatty meat.

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  • Sandy
    Lv 5
    9 years ago

    I have those too.Are you craving sweets? medicines sometimes cause this.I dont think xanax causes weight gain.

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  • Anonymous
    5 years ago

    Not all fruits are equal. Some fruits are high in carbohydrates and they will not help you to lose weight.

    The low carbohydrate fruits tend to be fresh (unsweetened) berries, There are many fruits that can help your weight loss progress. Learn here:

  • 9 years ago

    you answered your own question, you are eating more therefore you gained weight....xanax is not a weight gainer.

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