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Re: What Is It With SSRI's And WEIGHT GAIN???

Posted by Rea on May 12, 2001, at 0:36:50

In reply to Re: What Is It With SSRI's And WEIGHT GAIN???, posted by Laura Jane on May 6, 2001, at 11:35:08

I've been on SSRI's on and off for a while and have gained over 40 pounds. I am just about at my wits end because I feel like I need the SSRI, but I get more depressed when I gain weight. I'm trying desparately to find something that will help without weight gain. I tried 5-HTP and St. John's Wort but spiraled down and am afraid I'll have to go back to an SSRI and gain even more weight. It's frustrating because some doc's (especially some male docs) don't seem to take this seriously.

I know this may sound a bit extreme, but I wonder if someone could sue the drug companies and win. I could understand if I had been informed that these drugs could cause weight gain and to watch for that. But no one said a thing and the literature that came with it said nothing about possible weight gain. For a long time I thought it was just me, but when my dose of Paxil was raised I gained 15 pounds in a very short time and couldn't stop eating. It's been an ongoing source of frustration and depression.

> I, too, am disgusted. I started on zoloft two years ago and I was shocked when I discovered I was gaining weight, because I was not doing anything different. I stopped Zoloft (slowly) and experienced the same irritation and anger that put me on it in the first place so I went on Prozac, and I have been on it for a year. Of all the stupid side effects, weight gain is the one this former bulimic cannot handle. I keep thinking that someday I'll go off the Prozac and exercise and eat better and everything will be fine. I don't know when that will be since there never seems to be a good time for ad withdrawal. Hmmm, maybe I should try cocaine? Just kidding, but I feel that desperate sometimes. I am thankful that I'm not where I used to be emotionally, and I can handle my bad moods now. Though sometimes I feel like the Prozac isn't working.
> What a stupid trade-off.




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