Posted by DebbieLynn on July 13, 2001, at 22:49:08
In reply to Re: Weight gain and SSRIs - Metabolife? » TomV, posted by Elizabeth on July 12, 2001, at 19:06:36
> > Is it safe to combine Metabolife, or another similar "supplement" to Celexa?
> I *think* that the main active ingredient in Metabolife is ephedrine (similar to Sudafed, but less reliable). Ephedrine is a weak stimulant related to amphetamine, and it won't work long-term. Personally, if I were going to use stimulants as appetite suppressants, I'd go with phentermine, phendimetrazine, or some such.
> But yeah, it's safe with SSRIs, so far as I'm aware (don't use it with MAOIs and use caution with TCAs). Ask your doctor to be sure. I think that Celexa has fewer drug-drug interactions than other SSRIs (Prozac and Paxil in particular) due to more metabolic pathways.
I hate to butt in here, I was specifically told by my doctor to stay away from metabolife. I asked to be put on a diet med (like phentermine) and he said NO because it is a CNS stimulant. It may have unwanted side effects.
I am currently in nursing school, going into psychiatric nursing. I take Effexor XR 225 mg, and I have gained weight,(@10 lbs) but I have to admit that I do crave carbs! Thanks for the info. I am going to restrict them to see what happens!