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Old 10-09-2008, 09:39 PM   #1  
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Question Weight gain from anti depressants

Hello Ladies,

My name is Lindsey and I have been on this site for quite some time but usually hang out in the weight watchers section. I love this place might I add. I have been on Prozac for about a year now and I noticed that I have gained about 30lbs on it. My appetite is out of control. I am constantly craving sweets(anything baked) I tried to stop my meds but I just became so moody that I felt if I didn't take them I would never get out of bed. Well my question to you is, Are any of you in this situation where you gained weight from the meds? And if so how did you take the weight off while being on the meds. Any advice will help
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Old 10-09-2008, 10:10 PM   #2  
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Hi Lindsey, I'm right there with you. I was on zoloft for a year and gained 30+ pounds. I am in the process of weaning off of it right now and I hope my appetite will decrease once I get off of it. I'm nervous about my anxiety coming back when I'm off of it but I hate that I have to choose between being anxious and being fat! You are not alone.
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Old 10-16-2008, 10:31 PM   #3  
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Me too. i was on Prozac for 10 years. Gained 60 lb altogether. while on Prozac lost 40 lb doing Weight Watchers, but am now off the med and have yet to lose ANY weight (after being off for a year!!!).
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Old 10-18-2008, 09:04 PM   #4  
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I have been on Lexapro for almost a year now. I thought I was crazy because my appetite was through the roof when I started the meds! The doctor didn't really say anything about it. But there is NO WAY I can stop the meds... If I forget to take it that morning, I am so grouchy & moody. I don't know what to do!
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Old 10-20-2008, 12:37 AM   #5  
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Me and my therapist took the approach that the meds were temporary. They stabilized me so I could learn how to do what they do on my own. After a lot of therapy I've trained myself how to deal with depression and anxiety and manage it on my own without any pills. Scarier than gaining 30 lbs is being on meds for 30 years, but thats just me. But no matter what your reasoning is it is possible to not be depressed or anxious without medications.
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Old 10-20-2008, 07:37 AM   #6  
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Hi there,... same thing happened to me while on Celexa and I was absolutely without a doubt 100% on WW. I'm now on Wellbutrin and doing much better. Talk to your doctor about your concerns and cravings. There are other drugs out there ... between the two of you it's a matter of finding the best one for you. Good luck.
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Old 10-20-2008, 08:43 AM   #7  
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Oh yes, the anti-depressants can be bad in so many ways. Not saying that they don't have their uses, but there's a lot to think about when taking them because of the side-effects that come with the pills.
I was on Lexapro 2 or 3 years ago and gained weight while on it. Did I feel good? Sure, but I was already fat, so obviously that was not a cool thing. Last year through this summer, I was on Cymbalta. I didn't really gain weight on it, but damn was that med **** to get off of. I wouldn't recommend that med to ANYONE. I went through literally **** for like a month after stopping the med the way the Doc said to.

Anyway, you just have to do what's best for you. I do believe that ant-depressants have helped me mentally a lot, but physically I'm not so sure. All I can say is that you probably just have to try to be very careful while on them and talk to your Doc about the meds he recommends, seeing if he can change you to something else or what have you.
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Old 10-20-2008, 11:34 AM   #8  
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I hope you folks don't mind coming in and commenting.

I have chronic depression, and since my doctor knows I am trying to lose weight she put me on Welbutrin. She says it is one of the better ones for weight gain, and for quiting smoking (something I need to do) and it has some of the least sexual side effects. Like depression and being almost 100 pounds overweight hasn't hurt that any. *sigh*

Anyway, Welbutrin has worked wonders for me.
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Old 10-25-2008, 10:19 PM   #9  
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Smile Meds vs depression vs weight

There are many different anti-depressants out there & you may have to experiment some so that you can tolerate any side effects . Please do not decide on your own to stop taking the meds. I hope you are working with a psychiatrist not just a family doc? Unfortunately depression sends many of us to food , so that can cause weight problems if you stop the meds!
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Old 10-29-2008, 03:37 AM   #10  
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Old 10-29-2008, 09:49 PM   #11  
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ummm....right, reeno

I would also suggest talking to your doctor about your concerns and specific symptoms.

I also gained weight, while on Lexapro; yes I gained weight because I ate too much and didn't exercise...but once my med was changed, I finally felt ambition and a sense of direction and could follow a plan. My med change was to Wellbutrin.

best wishes to you!
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Old 10-29-2008, 11:12 PM   #12  
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I have taken Zoloft for about 6 years now. I started with Lexapro, but I noticed an immediate weight gain, probably 10 pounds, and I really didn't feel like it was reducing my anxiety, so I decided to switch to Zoloft.

I really haven't noticed that it causes me to gain weight. I already know that I have an unhealthy relationship with food, so that doesn't help. I would ask your doctor if there is anything that can be done. Usually they are open to trying a different pill if you are trying to lose.

Good luck! I know how hard it is to battle anxiety/depression AND try to lose weight. When I'm depressed, all I want is a maple donut, so I know how you feel.

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