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Weight gain on ADs Maxime

Posted by Cybele on April 24, 2005, at 11:01:22

In reply to Re: Going to start Wellbutrin for the FIRST TIME. panic_attacK, posted by Maxime on April 14, 2005, at 22:25:43

> How long did it take to gain the weight on those meds? Was it because you craved carbs? I hope you don't mind my asking.

I gained 20 pounds on Effexor-XR, which I took for 5 months. So that is about a pound a week. I was not eating much more than before and I continued exercising (tough spinning classes 3x a week). At most I should have gained 2-3 pounds in that period, eating the little bit extra that I was. It definitely slowed down my metabolism. After I went off Effexor my metabolism seems to be better, but I can't lose that weight. I am eating more (self-medicating with carbs to tame cortisol response to stress in my life) and staying at the same weight. I went back on WB a week ago and have followed my eating plan (Weight Watchers) all week and have lost 5 pounds. When stressed (e.g. kids start arguing in the back seat of the car), I will briefly think of food (a learned response), but then the thought just drifts away.





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