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

Posted by Rea on May 14, 2001, at 15:06:00

In reply to Re: What Is It With SSRI's And WEIGHT GAIN???, posted by Jackster on January 12, 2001, at 16:05:39

If someone needs the ssri and is okay with being overweight, that's one thing, at least it won't make them feel worse. But being overweight isn't healthy, as others have pointed out here. It also doesn't make it okay for the drug companies to "not bother" telling people that this is a possible side effect. And even if it wasn't unhealthy to be overweight, many depressed people will feel worse. I don't have anything against overweight people at all, but I don't want to be overweight, I want to have control of my own body. I joined a gym and do long distance biking and worked very hard and have seen little results. Now I see there is evidence that ssri's slow down your metabolism and make it hard to lose weight. I just want to scream sometimes. This male doc I USED to go to was like "well you can try diet and exercise" and did this little dance. Argh. I and others have enough other things, asthma, IBS, serious family matters and other crap going on to have to worry about this, too.

> After being on Paxil for about 2 years I gained about 15 pounds. I managed to lose some of it by going to the gym and trying to eat healthy foods. AFter 3 years on the stuff I decided to wean myself off it. Then went through the pain of trying different meds as my agoraphobia got worse and worse. Being really depressed, I lost all the weight that I had gained being on Paxil. I decided I would much rather have the extra weight and be happy.




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