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Medications Known To Cause Food Cravings  


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Ok, you were once down with something. And what did the doctors prescribe? Did they just prescribe medications known to cause food cravings? Did that entire medication make you yearn for more food, as a result making you put on some weight? In this article, I am going to talk about those pills that make you yearn for food.I will try and get you to appreciate what really is in those drugs? So, stay with me as I reveal what really makes you to crave for food.

Antidepressants and food cravings

Antidepressants are drugs that are used to lessen mood disorders. The disorders for example may include major depressions, dysthymia and anxiety disorders.  The drugs maybe but not limited to monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MOAIs), tricyclic antidepressant (TCAs), selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) and tetracyclic antidepressants (TeCAs).  

Drugs like sertraline and amitriptyline are known to cause some food cravings. When taken, they up your appetite for food or have a slow metabolism. When your appetite is increased, you crave for more food, and as a result gain weight. These are some of the medications known to cause food cravings. Click herefor more information on these drugs and their effects.

Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors and food cravings

You may be taking your SSRIs, because you are suffering panic disorder. And you appetite and carbohydrates crave at the same time might be increasing. The drugs may vary under SSRIs, but the most common one are the citalopram, fluoxetine, paroxetine and sertraline. What will happen is that these drugs as side effects, they may increase your appetite causing you to crave for food. Paroxetine is the most likely to cause you to yearn for food. A visit to Livestrong.comshould tell you on what to do if those drugs prescribed by the doctor make you crave for food.

Tricyclic as the cause for food cravings

Some of the known drugs on this type of medication are doxepin, imipramine and amitriptyline. These pills too, increase your carvings for sweet foods. That is, you will desire more for foods like chocolates. They may even slower your metabolism (how your body utilizes our burns the food you consume and turns it to energy). This is the most common type of pills to make you crave for more food. These are just some of the medications known to cause food cravings. From, Choiceandmedication.org you will get more details on how tricyclic works.

MOAs and food cravings

For most people, craving is a result of changes in mood and depressions. They turn to doctors and these professionals may prescribe MOAs. What happens is that, the pill changes their mood. And now that they are depressed, most of the time, you carve for more food. It may even to hormonal changes although this does not apply to most people. An example would be mirtazapine.

The above mentioned drugs are just examples of the medications known to cause food cravings. With the knowledge I have passed on to you, you can now ask your doctor in details about the drugs he may prescribe to you. What can stop you now with this vast knowledge?


  • Tricyclic drugs will slower you metabolism and cause you to crave for food.
  • Once you have taken them, the foods you usually crave for are sweet foods like candy
  • SSRIs will increase your appetite and so increase your cravings for food.
  • Paroxetine is one of SSRIs that increases your cravings for food 

Additional information 

When you are overweight, you turn to the doctor for help. And the doctor is to prescribe medications for you to take. But what if he prescribes medications known to cause food cravings? Drugs like celaxa, prozack and luvox, you should make sure you know them and are aware of their effects. 

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