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Old 11-13-2011, 11:22 PM   #1  
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Has anyone successfully lost weight on zoloft/sertraline? I lost SO MUCH WEIGHT but now I'm basically at where I started and while obviously my behavior causes much of it, the medication just makes it impossible. It feels like I could just not eat at all and still gain weight. And ever since I started on it way back when, I'm hungry ALL THE TIME. I never feel full. I crave tomato products constantly, which is weird. Also sweets, which is less weird. I just feel like whether I try or I don't it's all the same. What's the point? My girlfriend was saying to me earlier today that she doesn't get why I'm not a size zero. I went through this all before with lexapro. I went off that, lost the weight, now it's back. I feel like there's no point. I'm going to be on medication for the rest of my life, and I don't have the willpower to exercise when I feel drained and miserable and eat right when I'm craving crap and always hungry. I avoid mirrors now because I'm just so disgusting. I hate being this way, but it seems like sitting here complaining gets me the same results as making an effort, so...why bother?

Has anyone out there found a way to lose weight on this drug? I know most people lose weight when they go on it, but all antidepressants seem to make me more susceptible to weight gain and make it impossible for me to lose any. It's like my metabolism just vanishes. I want to get better but I have no idea how.
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Old 11-14-2011, 12:02 PM   #2  
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I gain weight on any anti-depressant. I started at 278 lbs (size 22) and over 2 years I lost down to 145 (size 6) and then I started taking Lexapro and started gaining weight even with diet and exercise. Then I switched to Zoloft and continued to gain weight while still on the same diet and exercise plan that I used to lose all the weight! I stopped taking the Zoloft (per my doctor's orders) 2 weeks ago and I've already lost 6 lbs. It's horrible but I feel like I have to choose between easily dealing with anxiety on medication or losing weight and being happy with my body. I don't know what the right answer is. I need to be back at around 150 lbs for my own sanity. I'm prepared for it to be an uphill battle though.
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Old 11-14-2011, 12:53 PM   #3  
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My weight has been decreasing on Zoloft (I am not depressed, it is for Anxiety and PTSD) I am on the lowest possible dose.
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Old 12-27-2011, 06:24 PM   #4  
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First of all I'm not a doctor and don't pretend to give medical advice.

I was on Zoloft for 6 years and gained about 80 lbs. My cholesterol also shot up over 50 points. I've been off Zoloft now for about 2 years and my cholesterol is almost normal and I'm losing some weight.

Was it related to the drug? Who can say for sure.

I do know that I absolutely refuse to be on any anti depression meds anymore. Yes, they did help me learn how to control my anxiety/moods, but it definitely still haunts me from time to time.

Maybe it will help that you are conscious of what could actually happen and can be more proactive with it.
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Old 12-27-2011, 07:24 PM   #5  
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I did not take zoloft, but took another anti-depressant and gained weight. Though I still am depressed at times, my weight is decreasing. I'm just trying to cure my depression my own way.
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Zoloft didnt change my appetite. I've taken it for very short time though (2 weeks)..then i stopped because my doctor didnt subscribe me more
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Originally Posted by weightingfornothing View Post
It's horrible but I feel like I have to choose between easily dealing with anxiety on medication or losing weight and being happy with my body. I don't know what the right answer is. I need to be back at around 150 lbs for my own sanity. I'm prepared for it to be an uphill battle though.
I can totally relate to this. I'm not on Zoloft. I'm on lamictal, wellbutrin and abilify. And I'm still not quite right. I think we need to change my medications, but I'm so nervous about weight gain. I already wonder if the abilify is causing weight issues. And there are other worse ones out there. I really feel like I need the boost of medication, but I don't want to risk gaining more weight because of it. So what wins out? Mental or Physical health? Can't I have both at the same time? It's frustrating.
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