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Re: I've gained 8 lbs from Zoloft and CAN'T Lose it!!!

Posted by King Vultan on October 22, 2004, at 8:04:25

In reply to I've gained 8 lbs from Zoloft and CAN'T Lose it!!!, posted by Cinderella on October 21, 2004, at 16:52:28

> Hi everyone...remember me? I started the Zoloft back in August and it has just turned me into a nice, numb cuddly person who's always smiling and always the same and now...8 lbs heavier! I know 8 lbs doesn't seem like alot but I am a dancer and keeping my slender shape is important to me. Last week, I tried to lose it. I went on a 1400 calorie diet and did an extra 30 minutes on the eliptical trainer everyday. (I'm very disciplined.) I watched EVERYTHING that went in my mouth and counted calories precisely in order that I should lose a pound in a week. I LOST NOTHING and I am starving. Today I said, "screw this" and ate 2 blocks of the Eagle Brand fudge my husband made last weekend. It was wonderful! I feel fat and unsexy though and I HATE not being interested in sex. My doctor actually wants me to increase my Zoloft dose now to 100 mgs for pain control for my arthritis! NO WAY. I'm beginning to think I'd rather be thin and unhappy than keep gaining weight like this. I want off of Zoloft. Maybe I can ask my doc about going on Wellbutrin. Anyone else tried to lose weight while on these dang SSRI's??????

I wouldn't want to increase the dosage either. Why can't doctors get it through their heads that weight gain is an unacceptable side effect for many of us? Combine that with a lowering of libido in many cases, and you have a drug with a severe side effect profile IMO. Unfortunately, many antidepressants have these kinds of tendencies. I would urge you to find something else. There are better antidepressants for chronic pain than Zoloft also, which would include most of the tricyclics and probably the MAOIs. You have to be careful in selecting one that doesn't also induce weight gain or sexual side effects, but IMO, these other two classes of drugs are superior antidepressants to SSRIs.





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