Teenage Boy, SSRI Change for Weight Gain
May 30, 2014 3:43 AM Subscribe
Kinetic 3, 15, was diagnosed with OCD and has been on Celexa for 7 years. Over the past few years, despite
working with a nutritionist, eating a healthy diet and getting lots of exercise, his weight has ballooned into the technically obese category. He's 5'5" and weighs over 155 lbs. Going to see prescribing psychiatrist next week to consider changing medications, looking for advice.
My son is a healthy, active kid. He runs, bikes, hikes, kayaks, swims. He eats colorful foods, a mostly vegetarian diet and very little in the way of bread, pasta, potatoes, junk food, ice cream, soda, etc. He's worked with a nutritionist who feels that his diet and portion sizes are fine and she thinks at this point, he needs to consider a medication change. I'd like to go to the prescribing doctor with some knowledge.
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About three years ago, his weight started slowly creeping up, seriously disproportionately to his height. His face looks puffy and his stomach almost like he swallowed a basketball. The boy is getting large and unhealthy. He feels okay but would like to slim down to something more healthy. So, I am not driving this change...this is his concern as well as his doctor's.
I'm hoping to find some recommendations to share with the psychiatrist (who is open to changing meds). It's been years since my son was diagnosed so I don't really know what meds are helpful with OCD and can help curb weight gain.
**To be clear, we don't want to try to take him off the meds at this point. I am also not a crazy diet parent; my kid is officially unhealthy, weight-wise, and his doctors say he needs to lose weight. His diet is clean and healthy and he exercises, so I don't need advice about that. I'm looking specifically for medication suggestions.