PhenQ is a renowned weight-loss supplement used by thousands to achieve rapid and safe weight loss.
The product contains natural ingredients and is safe for consumption by healthy adults. That being said, in case you’re on prescription medication such as antidepressants, it’s best not to take it when continuing the medication.
Why is that? Simply because it contains mood-enhancing ingredients. These may interact with the components of your medication and cause unwanted side effects. In this guide, we will talk about the top 5 reasons why you shouldn’t be taking PhenQ with antidepressants.
Without further ado, let’s dive in.
5 Reasons To Avoid PhenQ When On Antidepressants
- PhenQ Contains Calcium Carbonate
The very first reason PhenQ should not be taken with antidepressants, or any other prescription drug in general, is that it contains calcium carbonate. Though not a primary active ingredient of the formula, calcium carbonate helps in reducing gastric acidity that might be a problem during the fat burning process.
The trouble is, calcium carbonate may also reduce the absorption(1) of certain drugs in the body. In that case, the efficacy of any antidepressant medication you’re taking might get reduced.
If this does happen, the balance of chemicals in your brain is likely to be affected. This can lead to frequent mood swings, feelings of anxiety, and a general loss of antidepressant medication efficacy. Therefore, it’s best not to take it with antidepressant medication.
- Caffeine In PhenQ May Interact With Antidepressants
One of the significant active ingredients of PhenQ is caffeine, which works as an appetite suppressant to help reduce food cravings. Caffeine in it also improves metabolism and doesn’t allow you to get tired quickly.
Now, caffeine itself is a mild antidepressant, and in general, it’s accepted that caffeine enhances the efficacy of common antidepressants(2).
However, certain antidepressants such as venlafaxine can react with caffeine and raise your blood pressure to adverse levels(3).
Antidepressants can also make you feel anxious, jittery, and restless. Since these are some of the common side effects of caffeine intake, interaction with caffeine may only worsen them. As a result, it’s best to avoid caffeine supplementation when using antidepressants.
- Chromium Picolinate In PhenQ May Interrupt Sleep Patterns
Chromium Picolinate, yet another active ingredient of this supplement, can cause interruptions in sleep patterns. In some cases, it might also lead to vivid dreams and mild tremors while sleeping. At the same time, chromium supplementation is also known to cause mood changes(4).
That’s why we don’t recommend chromium supplementation while taking antidepressants, as these drugs are usually sedative in nature. The tussle between two chemical components of opposing qualities may cause severe disruption in your body and mind, which is not desirable.
- L-Carnitine And Nopal Have Antidepressant Properties
L-Carnitine is one of the major ingredients of this product, and studies have established that it can have rapid antidepressant effects(5). At the same time, another component of PhenQ, Nopal, is also thought to possess antidepressant properties.
The interactions of these components with other antidepressants are not yet well established. The presence of multiple antidepressant components in your system may have unexpected physiological and psychological effects. As a result, we recommend avoiding L-Carnitine supplementation when taking antidepressants.
- Antidepressants May Counteract The Effects Of PhenQ
Till now, we’ve been talking about how the ingredients in PhenQ can adversely affect the working of antidepressants. Now, it’s time to take a look at the other side of the coin and understand how antidepressants may disrupt the working of the supplement.
Rapid weight gain is one of the significant side effects associated with antidepressant use(6). While the exact mechanism of this is not well established yet, studies have suggested that antidepressant use may reduce metabolism and induce food cravings.
Most antidepressants work by interacting with the neurotransmitter serotonin, which is also responsible for appetite control, apart from controlling moods. When antidepressants interact with serotonin, this can lead to cravings, especially for fatty or sugary foods.
PhenQ’s primary working mechanism involves reducing such cravings and boosting metabolism to burn fat. So, it can be easily understood that this supplement is diametrically opposite in effect to antidepressants, which can easily interfere with its working.
PhenQ is, no doubt, one of the safest and most effective weight-loss supplements on the market. At the same time, it cannot be denied that using the product with antidepressants is contraindicated.
Due to the above five reasons, we don’t recommend taking PhenQ with antidepressants. In case you have been taking these two forms of medications together and are experiencing adverse effects, do consult your psychiatrist or doctor for advice.
That’s all for now. Till next time!