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Old 04-20-2013, 08:59 PM   #16
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Currently anti-anxiety medication but have been on SSRI's in the past.
Maybe you just got lucky and didn't experience the side effect. i am on a mood stabilizer/antidepressant, an antidepressant, an antipsychotic and the topamax (an anticonvulsant) and the only on for me to cause weight gain is the antipsychotic. I have had no problems with any antidepressants (Except prozac).
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I think the jury is really out on this. There's studies that show some SSRI's cause weight gain in some patients.

I gained about 60 lbs when I was on Zoloft for about 5 years. I was definately eating unhealthy as well. Was it the Zoloft that contributed to that? Maybe.

The point I think we should take away from this is that meds could possibly cause weight gain or increased hunger, so we should be aware of that fact and extra diligent in what we put into our mouths.
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I think the jury is really out on this. There's studies that show some SSRI's cause weight gain in some patients.

I gained about 60 lbs when I was on Zoloft for about 5 years. I was definately eating unhealthy as well. Was it the Zoloft that contributed to that? Maybe.

The point I think we should take away from this is that meds could possibly cause weight gain or increased hunger, so we should be aware of that fact and extra diligent in what we put into our mouths.
All true I gained 70 lbs on Abilify (Antipsychotic-not ssri-though I have had trouble with prozac) in 1 year. SUCKS.
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Yeah, perhaps I just got lucky...SSRI's disagree with me in other ways so I try to avoid them if I can. Hopefully someday I will be off anti-anxiety meds too after I leave my awful job as of May 3rd. Good riddance.

Like I said before I wasn't trying to sound like an unsympathetic @ss, I know food is a struggle for all of us.
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Like I said before I wasn't trying to sound like an unsympathetic @ss, I know food is a struggle for all of us.
Thanks for clearing that one up, because on your first post you did
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Bluntly asking me "what meds do you take?" Because you didn't like my opinion that an SSRI by itself won't cause weight gain wasn't exactly nice either. It's ok though. I'm over it.
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One of my biggest problems with losing weight is that I keep blaming my depression medications for how I look. I'd have a huge peanut butter binge, and then go "Oh, that's not my fault. It's the hunger side-effect from my medication." Then the "not my fault" pounds add up. I know I need to stop relying on a side-effect list to make myself guilt-free, but sometimes putting on the rose colored glasses make you feel better. I also think that it's a psychological thing. If I hadn't been told about the appetite increase side-effect, then maybe I won't feel like I have it.
All and all, I need to get over it, and quit using excuses. I know some people genuinely get hunger from their medication, but I feel like my cravings aren't true cravings.

Any thoughts? Does anyone else do this?
I have been diagnosed as bipolar and put on resperidone, zoloft and vistaril. The resperidone seriously makes me hungry, like all day. There is no break from the hunger signals when I am on that medication, and needless to say it is hard if not impossible fo rme to resist eating all of the time when I feel hungry. I have been struggling to lose weight for over a year and in the last year I have gained 100 lbs. It was so hard to lose weight that I decided to wean myself off of the resperidone. I have lost about 12 lbs in the last month as a result. I feel my normal hungry periods and not so hungry periods returning. It is frustrating when you need meds but often the side effects are worse than the disease. I notice I have increased anxiety and no sex drive on my medications in addition to the increased hunger. I feel more like myself since getting off that medication.
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I have been diagnosed as bipolar and put on resperidone, zoloft and vistaril. The resperidone seriously makes me hungry, like all day. There is no break from the hunger signals when I am on that medication, and needless to say it is hard if not impossible fo rme to resist eating all of the time when I feel hungry. I have been struggling to lose weight for over a year and in the last year I have gained 100 lbs. It was so hard to lose weight that I decided to wean myself off of the resperidone. I have lost about 12 lbs in the last month as a result. I feel my normal hungry periods and not so hungry periods returning. It is frustrating when you need meds but often the side effects are worse than the disease. I notice I have increased anxiety and no sex drive on my medications in addition to the increased hunger. I feel more like myself since getting off that medication.
I am sorry Sometimes for the "healthy" people, it is hard for them to understand the horrid side effects others suffer. Someone in my family was on resperidone. It caused her tunnel vision and other vision disturbances; to a point she fainted and broke her front tooth. She could not stay on it. She was put on Abilify and she has gained nearly 30 pounds because it has increased her appetite.
I was on Prednisone and my hunger was intense (and thirst). I went from 125 to 172 pounds in a year. I was in pain if I did not eat. I could not sleep because of the hunger.
So anyone coming and saying that it is mind over matter; it insults me!!!!
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I was on Prednisone and my hunger was intense (and thirst). I went from 125 to 172 pounds in a year. I was in pain if I did not eat. I could not sleep because of the hunger.
So anyone coming and saying that it is mind over matter; it insults me!!!!
I was speaking specifically about SSRI's, not Prednisone. Totally different medication so if you're insulted that's not my doing.
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SSRI's can cause an increase an appetite as well (to some). SSRI's can cause MANY other unpleasant side effects as well. We are talking about mind altering meds here. Scary!! Who knows what the outcome is at the end?

novangel, I am not offended by you! I thought your first comment was a bit pompous, but I was glad when you clarified your intentions! -- Sometimes when we type posts, it does not come across as intended.
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be truthful with yourself. you know if you're making excuses or not.
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be truthful with yourself. you know if you're making excuses or not.
That is so true!!!

One may use the SSRI's as an excuse, the other may not (esp if other meds are added like Abilify, lithium etc). It comes down to responsibility.

I feel I have a bit harder time shedding this weight because of the meds I am on. I would love to get off them, but the rest of the world would not like it as well

I can lose weight if I eat upto 1400 cals per day and exercise 1 hr/day. If I eat 1500-1600 cal per day and exercise 1 hr per day (fast walking and/or weight lifting), I maintain. Calories above 1600 with exercise; I will gain -- The "stats" say otherwise. So I think it is the meds....what else could it be?? -- Stats say I should easily eat 1900 cal per day and maintain, and with all the exercise I should be able to eat as much as 2200-2400 cal per day and maintain. So why can't my body follow these mathematical formulas? -- Yep, I think it is the meds
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One other thing SSRI's can cause - high cholesterol.

Before I started dieting I had my cholesterol taken and it was high. As soon as I came off Zoloft my cholesterol dropped substantially, without any diet changes.

I just wanted to put that out there for people to be aware that studies have in fact shown this in people and I have experienced it.
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I don't believe that you are "making excuses" every time you crave something with carbohydrates (maybe that's the case?) in it. Certain Serotonin receptors affect satiety, and when medications pass through the blood-brain barrier, it can definitely change your bodybrain chemistry.

I think satiety receptors might be for triggering survival instincts, and I believe this is why I feel like my body NEEDS carbohydrates. You can have withdrawals from not eating the food you are used to, and do good for awhile, but then one piece of carrot cake with cream cheese frosting then you are back in a vicious cycle. At least I usually am.

SSRI's and SSNRI's (and other psychiatry drugs) can definitely make it immensely more hard to not feel like you are addicted or dependent on foods that make you feel good, which are usually too high in carbohydrates, sugar, fat, sodium, etc. That being said, it is important to also evaluate at what times of your life did you overeat, have cravings, or just gain weight? Stress by itself supposedly can make easier to gain weight.

So don't be too hard on yourself for resenting side effects! It took me while to realize that I might be able to try more natural methods to cope with my depression/anxiety, but others might be able to exercise and eat healthy while on these medications, and get back to their original size.
The great thing is that you have identified how much you usually blame them, and sometimes it just takes research to find the best method for yourself; however you decide you want to battle the side effects and get down to your goal weight.

I am actually starting to read "The Serotonin Power Diet" along with "Weight Loss for People Who Feel Too Much" for some insight.

Good Luck!
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