Zoloft and Weight Gain

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snickersmom
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   Posted 2/5/2008 3:13 PM (GMT -7)   
I haven't posted in a long time and I know there were many threads about Zoloft and weight gain but I can't seem to find any recently...so I decided to start another one.
 
I've been on Zoloft (100mg) for about 5 years now for OCD and I have gained so much weight and I just can't lose it. Right now all I can do is try not to gain any more.  Sometimes it really, really bothers me and I feel like a loser. I'm sure people think that I just eat junk all the time but I don't. I eat maybe one real meal a day. I do have a weakness for sweets but I try to limit them.  I tried the exercising thing...didn't help. I tried protein heavy/carb light diets...didn't help.
 
Before Zoloft I was a normal, healthy weight and didn't have trouble losing weight when I put on a few pounds. After Zoloft, it's like my metabolism has a mind of its own.
 
I'm 38 and most of the time I'm very happy with my life and grateful that there is something out there that keeps my OCD to a minimum but I'm still vain enough to want to be attractive and I most certainly am not at this weight.
 
I'm pretty healthy. My BP is normal and my blood sugar is normal. It's just frustrating and sometimes I feel so alone.
 
Anyway...if anyone has a similar experience I would love to have the company!

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   Posted 2/5/2008 5:57 PM (GMT -7)   
Dear snickersmom
I hear you sweetie, and please know that nearly all of the AD's cause weight gain, you are not alone.  It is one of those quandries.........do I want to be thin and  depressed or chubby and able to function?
 
Many day I just pray I could be thin and not depressed.  There is info I have seen that speaks to the meds changing how you metabolize  your food when on the ADs.
 
I have never seen any other suggestions other than eat healthy and watch how much you eat and exercise as the ways to counter act the weight gain.
 
In the end I try to maintain a positive attitude and know that I am ok and people accept me for who I am, not how much I weigh. It is not easy..........gentle hugs to you.
Kitt
 
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   Posted 2/5/2008 10:37 PM (GMT -7)   
Instead of one large meal a day, try eating 4-6 times a day, small quantities. I am having the same problem and am trying to eat this way. Mostly carbs. You have to eat breakfast. Or your matabolism will be messed up and you wont be able to burn calories. Drink 8 8oz glasses of water throughout the day. Also as little carbs as possible, no sugar. It isn't that hard once you get use to eating right. I am on a 1200 calorie diet. I try to eat a lot of vegetables too. not so much fruit, but some.

Good luck to you,

hugs,

Karen

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   Posted 2/6/2008 4:09 AM (GMT -7)   

I think Kitt and Karen have hit the nail on the head really. Rather than changing the med (since many AD's involve weight gain) its chnaging the life-style that seems to work. Diet and exercise. You already have some great advice on diet from Karen, but unless im blind, nobody has mentioned exercise yet. Exercise is great because it not only gives you the physical health benifits like weight loss and muscle toning, but also there are are mental health benifits as well. Exercise gets blood pumping through your body, helps in the secretion of endorphines (Well-Being hormones) and the sunlight helps process vitamin D which can help in the fight against depression.

Hopefully all this will put you on the right track to fighting your weight issue

Darren


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snickersmom
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   Posted 2/6/2008 8:12 AM (GMT -7)   
Thank you for all the supportive responses. I do try to exercise as much as I can, take stairs and all that.
 
And yes, my dearest wish I pray every night is to be thinner and happy but I've come off Zoloft a few times in an effort to lose weight and it's just a nightmare every time. My OCD comes back worse each time and each time it takes longer for the Zoloft to work. I even tried other SSRI's and they didn't even begin to touch my OCD.
 
I just wish there was some solution.

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   Posted 2/6/2008 8:31 AM (GMT -7)   
I take abilify. It is a mood stableizer and works well with bipolar. I have OCD type thinking and it helps me with that. Ask your doctor if it would be helpful for you. As far as I know there is no weight gain issues with this medication. Also topomax is suppose to help you lose weight.

Darren does have a good point with the exercise, could you get a 30 minute walk in every day or so? That helps me retain my weight, though with this winter I haven't been able to get out much. 20 minutes of elevated heart rate is suppose to burn 200 calories. And I believe you can do 10 min here and there. Just a thought.

Hugs,

Karen
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snickersmom
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   Posted 2/6/2008 9:42 AM (GMT -7)   

I try to do that. I have those walking tapes that you watch on your TV. I try and do those. Unfortunately my job is a lot of late nights and weekends so I try to incorporate as much walking into my day as possible.

I just feel like such a loser and I feel like I'm disappointing people who haven't seen me in a long time. When I was a teenager I lost 75 pounds and kept it off until the Zoloft...that was through college, grad school and working. Now when I go home to visit and they see me I feel like I'm disappointing them or something. I know I'm the same person inside but I just feel ashamed and it's not like I can walk around with a sign that says "I gained a bunch of weight on Zoloft!"


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   Posted 2/6/2008 11:29 AM (GMT -7)   

I wish that you didn't feel like a loser, because you are not.  You are a wonderful person, inside and out.  I use to be super skinny and in my late 30's I started gaining weight too.  I also was on anti depressants.   Then I lost it, then I gained it back.  I am on a diet and gaining.  But I am not going to let it get me down.  I can't afford to.  And I am not giving up.  I will lose this weight and so will you.  We just have to keep trying.  I have tried going all day without eating, well I don't have to try, I do it.  Then I eat supper.  But I found out when I do that my body goes into a starvation mode and holds on to every calorie that it can, so that is why I went to eating more frequently and smaller portions. 

You can't base how you feel about yourself by what you THINK that others think of you.  They may see you completely different than you see yourself.  We tend to be much more judgemental of ourselves than we should.  Especially if we are depressed.  Do you like to dance?  I like to play music when I am doing stuff inside and dance around a little.  It is good aerobics and is fun.  Give that a try.

I hope that this helps you some.

hugs,

Karen


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snickersmom
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   Posted 2/7/2008 8:50 AM (GMT -7)   
Thank you everyone for being so nice. I guess I'm just going through a rough patch. I love clothes and fashion and accessories so being so overweight has been kind of hard. Fortunately I'm able to find fashionable clothes but still...

stkitt
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   Posted 2/7/2008 11:55 AM (GMT -7)   

Dear snickersmom,

Let me try to put a smile on your face......you have snickers in your name and when I see your post I want candy devil
You remind me of myself, I can come up with every reason in the book for not choosing a good physical activity and just do it.  Yes, I know all the ones you have mentioned.  I have a treadmill.............it sits there 24/7 and all I have to do is get on it for 30 minutes at least 5 times a week.  That is a planned exercise and you know you can vary you timeline to fit your busy schedule.
Just a thought, but please remember you are not a loser.  You are a good person and right now your feeling down.  Let us help you through this.

Hugs
Kitt


 
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snickersmom
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   Posted 2/7/2008 1:21 PM (GMT -7)   

Sorry...I don't mean to make anyone hungry... :-)   Snickers is the name of my cat and I'm her mom thus the name.

I'm feeling better today but still. I see all these great outfits that I used to be able to fit into but can't now and it just makes me depressed. I guess there is a reason I'm in this stage of my life...God must have a reason for me to go through this. Maybe it's so someone else who REALLY couldn't handle it won't have to go through it. eyes


snowboardchick
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   Posted 2/8/2008 10:49 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi,

I just joined this today and I'm so glad to have found a forum to ask questions about AD's. I've been on zoloft for about 4 1/2 months. I was put on 25mgs for a week and slowly built up to 150mgs. I haven't changed my eating habbits much and still exercise regularly but have put on weight and didn't make the conenction until I sat down and created a time line of when the weight gain started. I noticed it about a month after I was on Zoloft and on the 150mgs. My Dr. said that it shouldn't cause wt. gain but I have no other explanation for why all of a sudden I'd start to gain when nothign else in my life has changed. I've decided to stop taking it because I'm really uncomfortable at this weight but am hoping somebody can tell me how long it will take to start seeing the weight change (back to "normal"). So far, I haven't seen any postings about how quickly it may occur. I'll continue to exercise as I do now and eat well and keep my calories at about 1200. Any thoughts? I'm so frustrated!


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   Posted 2/8/2008 3:52 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Snowboardchick.

I just wanted to welcome you to the Healing Well forum.

I am sure that you will find some answers here,
good luck

hugs,

Karen
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snickersmom
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   Posted 2/10/2008 7:46 PM (GMT -7)   

Yes, welcome. It always takes the sting out of something when you discover that others are going through the same thing...or at least I think so.

I've been down this road twice. When I came off Zoloft for depression it took me about 9 months to lose the weight but I don't know how much you want to lose. I think it just takes time for the Zoloft to get out of your system and your metabolism return to normal but I will advise you not to just stop taking it. Take it from me, that is a bad idea. You should taper off and you can ask your doctor how to do that.

My doctor is also convinced that I didn't gain weight on Zoloft but to have gained as much as I have I would have to be eathing all the time and not moving at all and, of course, I'm not doing that. It is very frustrating. I had to travel for work this weekend and I saw all these "beautiful people" in the airport and I was just so frustrated, depressed and sad. I feel like a big plop of a human being.

You can lose the weight. It will come off. It did for me. Unfortunately I have to be on Zoloft until something better comes along for OCD. I believe more and more research about the effects of SSRI's is being done and maybe, finally doctors will listen when their patients tell them they ARE gaining weight on Zoloft.


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   Posted 2/11/2008 9:23 AM (GMT -7)   
I can not believe what I am sitting here reading!!  It's as if someone has opened the blinds and let the light in!
 
I moved into a new home right before Christmas, and doing so when I unpacked my scales I was SHOCKED at what I saw.  As both a personal trainer and advid runner...how in the WORLD did I gain 24 lbs!!  I carefully watch everything I eat.  I am religious with my exercise.  This just didn't make sense to me.  Of course, the first response from my dr. was, "well..you had lost so much weight during your rough patch..you needed to gain some back".  WHAT!!!!!!! mad
 
I was on Zoloft for approx. 4 1/2 months.  Was happy with the effect it was giving me for my depression, not so happy about the lack of sex drive.  I took myself off of the med's for that reason alone.  I have been off of Zoloft for approx 2 months now, and I've noticed a weight drop of about 5 lbs.  I'm still maintaining my healthy lifestyle...and eatting well.  I take in approx 1400 calories.
 
Looonnnngggg story short... I can not believe I found this site and thread.  I was looking and looking for an answer to my sudden weight gain..and it looks like I may have found it.
 
I just started on Wellbutrin SR this past weekend, and I'm hoping it will help me control my depression without weight gain. 
 
I agree with what another poster said....  Being overweight and not able to wear anything in my closet usually caused my day to start out depressed.  Now I think there is hope!
 
Good luck and Happy wishes to all of you!
Sherrie

snickersmom
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   Posted 2/11/2008 10:58 AM (GMT -7)   

I know Sherrie...it's like that quote by C.S. Lewis "What? You too? I thought I was the only one."

I tried Wellbutrin but it's not approved for OCD and it didn't help so I had to go back on Zoloft. I just sometimes want to ask my doctor "How do you think I've gained all this weight in such a small amount of time?" Who gains 25 pounds in 4.5 months, especially a personal trainer???? That's just not normal so it has to be the medication but of course, doctors don't want to listen.

I found a picture of myself taken right before I started on Zoloft again...about 5 years ago. I used to think I was overweight back then but I look at that picture now and I think "God, I'm so skinny in that picture and I was eating more then than I am now!" I keep that picture as proof of my before/after Zoloft.
 
Good luck with Wellbutrin and welcome to the forum. There's a lot of comfort here.

nikao
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   Posted 2/14/2008 11:14 AM (GMT -7)   
I found the generic zoloft, made me crave carbs.
Brand name didnt.
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