Use of antidepressants has been linked to diminished libido in both men and women. So long term usage of these medications has to be avoided.
Antidepressants are primarily used to treat depression but can also be effective for other mental illnesses such as anxiety and panic attacks. Some of these antidepressants promote weight loss. This may sound surprising considering that they are formulated to treat mental illnesses. However, like any other medication, antidepressant does produce side effects that sometimes manifest in the form of weight loss.
- Prozac (fluoxetine)
- Zoloft (sertraline)
- Celexa (citalopram)
Prozac does help to shed extra pounds but when used for an extended period of time, it can reverse the weight loss effect. In a study that lasted for more than a year, subjects put on Prozac started losing weight but after 6 months, participants began to regain lost weight. Thus, long-term use of Prozac may actually lead to weight gain. So, short-term use of this medication under medical guidance may contribute to weight loss.