Depression and Weight Issues - Zoloft and Weight Gain




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moviegrl1737
02-29-2012, 09:28 AM
I've been struggling with some issues lately and at my most recent annual I sort of had a breakdown. My doctor prescribed Zoloft, but a lot of my issues revolve around fear of gaining weight. I'm concerned if I take the medication I will gain weight. Frankly if I start to gain, I won't take regardless of how much I cry. This is where my issues stem from in addition to my other life stressors that I have going on right now which are pretty major.

I've not really been on this type of medication before, does anyone have any advice?


Satine
02-29-2012, 10:11 AM
I took Zoloft for 10 years and didn't gain weight ( I was already heavy ) plus if I followed plan and exercised I had no problem losing weight on it. You will be fine...get yourself back together emotionally and you will be able to work on the body side of things...

Carri

novangel
02-29-2012, 10:30 AM
I have never gained weight from any SSRI.

I think for some people they don't eat much when depressed and once they start to feel happy they eat more, start putting on weight, and attribute it to the medication.

Truthfully, I feel that meds can only make you gain minimal pounds and the rest is what you're eating. End of story.

Watch your food intake and exercise and you should be fine. More important to take care of your psychological needs.


moviegrl1737
02-29-2012, 03:50 PM
Thank you both for taking the time to respond to me. A lot of what I'm dealing with is related to body image issues I've had all my life with some additional life stressors thrown in. I'm struggling to hold it together most days. Picked up my meds today.

Satine
03-01-2012, 10:18 AM
Good luck. I can tell you that I liked Zoloft a lot, it really did make me feel good...the only reason I got off of it was for the sexual side effects ( TMI I know ) ...didn't have any interest and my dh did not care for that ...so I was put on Lexapro for a while but wasn't quite cutting it so now I am on Paxil ...wow, typing that out seems like a lot of meds, haha ....but I can truly say I felt the best on the Zoloft.

Vex
03-01-2012, 11:34 AM
I was on Zoloft for maybe like 10 years and stopped 2 years ago. Everyone's reaction is different to it so take what I say with a grain of salt.

cons:

I gained 80 lbs. Was this the zoloft or habits I had - who knows?

My cholesterol shot up 100 points. This WAS attributed to zoloft and can be a known side effect. It dropped as soon as I got off it.

I had the lack of interest in sex issues, and I have read they can continue once you stop the drug too. (I still have that problem)

pros:

It really made me feel better.

You don't have to be on Zoloft forever for you to benefit from it, what I think it does is really help you learn control over your emotions a bit more. Do I still get depressed from time to time -sure. I'm much better physically without it though than with it.

You do have an advantage though knowing what the possible side effects are in advance and can watch for them, so maybe you'll be ok.

.

tessendicott
03-01-2012, 11:08 PM
Everyone is going to react differently. You might not gain any. There's always a risk when you take meds like that.
My best friend was on it for years and she gained 80-100lbs on it. However, that doesn't mean you're going to.

freelancemomma
03-02-2012, 12:06 PM
<<Truthfully, I feel that meds can only make you gain minimal pounds and the rest is what you're eating. End of story. >>

I agree. The meds only make you gain if they affect your appetite and you eat accordingly. If you stick to your plan, you shouldn't gain. I've been on and off an antidepressant for many years, and I actually find it makes me less hungry, if anything. It hasn't ever affected my weight.

Freelance

chris313
03-02-2012, 08:33 PM
I've been on Zoloft for years and it has never affected my weight. It's a wonderful med and for me, the happier I am, the more in control I am in every area of my life-especially food wise.
I'm sure every person is different, but I don't know many people on SSRI's that have gained weight because of them. The worst side effect I have is lack of sex drive and I tend to feel more tired during the day. But, it's soooo worth it. I feel happy again.:)

chubbybunny29
03-04-2012, 01:05 PM
I'm currently on zoloft and it hasn't had any effect on my weight. I often react with weight gain to medications, but this hasn't had any impact at all.

One word of warning, don't ever just stop taking it. Definitely talk to your doctor about how to wean yourself off (I was out of it for a week or so and had some not so fun symptoms).

rachmul18
03-15-2012, 04:09 PM
I've been on 200mg Zoloft to treat OCD for 1 1/2 years now. I gained approximately 50 pounds. Previous to Zoloft, I was very regimented in my eating (no eating after 7pm, healthy breakfasts/lunches) and worked out 5 to 6 days a week.

I recently weaned myself off the medication because I feel terrible about my weight. I gained approximately 40 pounds from July 2011 to Jan 2012. My mother takes 100mg of Zoloft and hasn't had any weight gain side effects.

Everyone's body reacts differently. When my anxiety is worse, my appetite is suppressed which also aids in weight loss.

I'm going to see a psychiatrist in a few weeks to try to be understand my weight gain.

Good Luck!!

Vex
03-15-2012, 08:23 PM
How do you feel without it? Grats on weaning yourself off, for that is no small feat. (I had brain zaps yippee)

Maybe an alternative would be a smaller dose. I'm off it now, but at one point I was on 50mg and that did the job.

rachmul18
03-16-2012, 04:06 PM
I was very agitated when I first started weaning myself off of it. I've also been crying a lot lately. I'm going to see a psychiatrist to prescribe either a smaller dosage or a different medication.

I sometimes felt like a zombie on Zoloft and I think my dosage may be incorrect.

Zumbachica
03-20-2012, 10:05 PM
I was on paxil years ago and imeediately gained 40 lbs...it was awful. My metabolism had come to a complete halt and I wasn't able to lose weight until I took myself off the med (slowly weaned myself off). I heard that prozac and Welbutrin are two drugs that are not know to cause weight gain so that is what I asked for when I went to the doctor..welbutrin takes a while to work though. I really think it depends on the person, I know for me personally SSRI's mean weight gain.....its just how my body responds.

moviegrl1737
03-21-2012, 03:48 PM
So it's been about a month now, and honestly I feel so much better mentally. Not crying every day, not hating myself so much. I still struggle to see the weight loss, and though I know logically I am smaller and people say things to confirm this I don't really see it, so I don't have the confidence that should have come along with what I feel should have been a transformation.

I guess my expectations were off.

Regardless, since starting the medication, I have not gained weight and have in fact lost a little less than 5 lbs. making my 5lbs from goal. I do find myself less motivated to exercise which I need to work on as I was previously using it as a mood leveler and now I don't need it for that.

Sum38
03-21-2012, 04:21 PM
I have been on zoloft nearly 15 years. My weight gain was not from meds. Maybe it slows down a little bit, but usually when people feel "better" about life they tend to eat less. -- I am an emotional eater; it had nothing to do with meds.

The only med that caused weight gain on me was prednisone...it is :devil:

Sum38
03-21-2012, 04:23 PM
I was on paxil years ago and imeediately gained 40 lbs...it was awful. My metabolism had come to a complete halt and I wasn't able to lose weight until I took myself off the med (slowly weaned myself off). I heard that prozac and Welbutrin are two drugs that are not know to cause weight gain so that is what I asked for when I went to the doctor..welbutrin takes a while to work though. I really think it depends on the person, I know for me personally SSRI's mean weight gain.....its just how my body responds.

i hated paxil....all I did was sleep

Satine
03-21-2012, 05:46 PM
I think everyone can say they had weight gain on any of the anti depressants it seems. I have been on paxil for months now and havent had any weight gain, have lost 14 pds in a month and a half ...but I know each person is different.

MovieGirl - glad to hear that you are feeling better ...like I said a few posts ago I was on zoloft for many years and it helped me feel a lot better ...glad to hear you have lost weight as well.

Carri

everdeen
04-03-2012, 01:28 PM
I went on Zoloft right at the time I was 168 lbs (down from 175) and taking swimming lessons at the local gym. I was feeling really motivated and was losing weight and happy. I started the Zoloft because I have anxiety issues, and once I got to the therapeutic dose of 100mg a day, I started getting intense mutant cravings to eat. It was like I'd eat the paint off the walls if I could. I do not feel that this hunger was just me "feeling good." It was intense hunger out of nowhere and I wasn't even hungry. I just needed to eat, eat, eat. I gained 35 lbs and I feel disgusting and miserable. I have also spent the past 6-8 months trying to get off the Zoloft. I went from 100 to 50 mgs and had a host of problems like dizziness, nausea, flu type feelings etc.

Some significant side effects of the Zoloft for me besides weight gain were: night sweats (I'd wake up soaked), really intense dreams (I usually didn't remember dreaming but on Zoloft I would have intense dreams every night), and for the first few months I could not orgasm (this eventually went away.)

I have now reduced my doze from 50 to 25 mgs a day but still get dizziness and nausea on and off from the change. I like to call Zoloft "fat glue." It seems to have destroyed my metabolism where now even if I starve myself I can only lose a lb or something a week. I was in better shape before I started the stuff.

your mileage may vary. Good luck to you:)

Mikan
04-07-2012, 07:48 AM
I just started taking Citalopram (a different antidepressant) and while its only been a few days I'm now having anxiety about gaining weight. I'm not sure what to believe. If the medicine causes you to eat a ton or if it causes you to pack on the pounds out of nowhere. I am going to monitor my intake and my weight and see how it goes over the next month and also keep up the exercise if I can.

novangel
04-07-2012, 10:36 AM
Celexa, Zoloft, and Lezapro (etc) all fall under a class of anti-depressants called SSRI's. They will NOT make you gain weight alone, you would have to be over eating. The old class of anti-depressants like Prozac can cause minimal weight gain. The stories your reading about people gaining 30-80 pounds didn't happen from a pill, it happened from food. Period.

The only long term side-effects that you may experience are sexual dysfunction and vivid dreams. At first you may feel super tired, loss or increase of appetite, or just a bit off (brian fog) but that will pass. Give the meds a full 6 weeks before you jugde whether it's working or not.

Good Luck!

italicat
04-16-2012, 07:46 PM
I never gained weight while on Zoloft. In fact, because I was able to focus long-term on my goals once my emotions were stabilized, it was a lot easier to lose the weight. Food for thought...

Satine
04-17-2012, 10:00 AM
AMEN Novangel !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!