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Re: weight gain/pharmaceutical research

Posted by Ignatz on January 31, 2001, at 18:57:05

In reply to Re: weight gain/pharmaceutical research Lisa T, posted by Jay on January 31, 2001, at 5:41:35

I'm cautious about the idea of going off of SSRIs after 5 years; this might work for some people, but it might prove dangerous for others. For example, I ended up on Zoloft after 2 nasty depressive episodes (one at age 13, one at age 27), a family history of depression, and a very partial response to treatment with a tricyclic (nortriptyline). I gained 35 pounds on Zoloft, but my p-doc has never mentioned stopping SSRIs-- and I'd question him if he did. I've heard that after stopping SSRIs, sometimes they don't work as well when you start back up. Tricyclics, also are themselves known for weight gain. (I didn't have any on them, though.) And the risk of going off SSRIs and going into a depression is *much* scarier to me than dealing with weight gain.




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