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Anti-depressants - weight gain?

I started taking Paxil two years back for anxiety attacks and have been struggling with my weight since. I'm 39 years old and just recently switched to Zoloft in hopes of losing weight on it. I've put on 30 lbs (not necessarily from the meds), but I can't seem to get my weight to go down. I can exercise like I've done in the past and eat clean and the weight DOESN'T MOVE! It is really frustrating for me and was wondering if anyone had any insight on the subject? Can a person actually lose weight when taking anti-depressants? I sure would appreciate any feedback.

Mon. Apr 17, 1:04am

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I just saw my Psychologist to check on my meds and he checked my weight too. It turns out, I've gained 28 lbs since starting my meds the last week in October. He said Paxil can have a side effect of weight gain in some people. He switched me to Wellbutrin, which has a side effect of weight loss. I'm still in the weening of Paxil period, so I can't tell you how the Wellbutrin works yet. I've heard good things about it though. I can honestly say I don't think the Paxil is completely to blame on my weight gain, but on the weeks/months where I was working out like mad, I remember still not losing I don't think it helped at all.

Monday, April 17, 2006, 7:58 AM

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prozac helps curb your appetite, im on it, really helps with cravings

Monday, April 17, 2006, 8:16 AM

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prozac has helped me as well. i'm not sure if it's curbing my appetite or regulating my emotions and making me eat less for emotional reasons, but so far, I've lost weight on prozac.

Monday, April 17, 2006, 8:58 AM

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antidepressants/weight gain

I gained wait on zoloft, too. My understanding is that sometimes you can lose weight by taking a high enough dose to lift you totally out of the fog (your dose might be too low); or you might benefit by an activating antidepressant, i.e., Wellbutrin, added to zoloft, which is effective with anxiety. My doctor is going to try this combination at the end of the month.

Monday, April 17, 2006, 5:43 PM

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I was on zoloft. I actually gained and lost. I'm almost 100% positive it was because of the depression though. I think sometimes we are too quick in blaming the medication. Most of the time, in my opinion, it’s the placebo effect. If you think it will make you gain weight you will. Just keep making healthy choices!

Monday, April 17, 2006, 7:44 PM

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