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mjames667
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   Posted 4/18/2008 12:32 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello everyone I am really happy to have found this site. I too was on Zoloft for about 9 years and had gained almost 50lbs. I never thought I would be able to go off the medication, but I got so tired of being overweight. I have been off the medication now for 2 months, it was hard at first but I started exercising faithfully at least 3 times a week and I feel better than I have in a long time. plus I have lost about 25lbs. This medication for me worked well at first but then the side effects became too much. I was so sick of sweating all of the time and being tired all of the time. Hopefully this helps some of you out there struggling with these issues. I believe exercise can definately help with anxiety and depression. GOOD LUCK!!!
 
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I have just added a title onto your thread so that people dont overlook what you have written. Darren

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   Posted 4/18/2008 2:35 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi there and Welcome to HealingWell,

Thank you so much for sharing your story. Its nice that people come here and share their positive experiences as well as negative ones to show people there is light at the end of the tunnel.

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   Posted 4/18/2008 4:22 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Mjames

Thank you for sharing your story, there are alot of people that are struggling with the weight issue of meds.

Please stay in touch.
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   Posted 4/18/2008 5:04 AM (GMT -7)   
I really bet you do feel so much better, the weight gain alone can add to the depression. Exercise does let off endorphins and that is essential to our healing. You are doing a great job.

Keep up the good work.

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mamie
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   Posted 7/9/2008 9:54 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi! this is my first posting...i have been taking zoloft for near 7 years and i am now 25 pounds heavier without my diet warranting such a gain. I am also 45 now and understand that our bodies change and metabolism slows down but geez...this much?! I find the med. helpful in treating my depression, particularly during the hormonal shift pre- and post menstrually. Does anyone know if another med. works as well without the weight gain? On one hand i am trying to make peace with the gaining, except i have gained more in the past year and do not think i can tolerate any more. i do plan on seeing my MD soon to ask him the same, and i know he endorses that the zoloft makes it hard to lose weight, but does anyone have some suggestions to consider before i go in to se him? Previously i have been unable to wean off cause when i try i really feel the difference mood wise and do not like my disposition and impatience with parenting matters then, therefore i would stop with the weaning. Now though, i am feeling more inclined to explore what else i can do. I do utilize cognitive therapy skills to combat irrational, unhelpful thoughts but that is not enough for me, the chemical thing is really a factor. I will be greatfull for others input!!! thanks!

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   Posted 7/9/2008 11:52 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Mamie,

Welcome to Healing Well. I think that you will find this a very pleasant place to come to. Everybody here is so kind and considerate.

The only other medications that aren't suppose to cause weight gain that I know of are effexor, wellbutrin and topomax. I am sure that there are others and I am not so sure about effexor because there have been people who have complained about the weight gain.

But as you said, our metabolism changes as we get older and that could be a part of it. I was your age when I started gaining weight but I also have fibromyalgia and am not as active as I use to be. So I guess a lot of different things can play a factor.

Let us know what your doctor says and keep on posting.

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   Posted 7/9/2008 1:15 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi Mamie, I too was on Zoloft for many years and found it very effective in treating my depression while I took it but I also noticed that I too had gained quite a few pounds while on it. 

I have since stopped the Zoloft due to other issues and changed to Effexor XR.  With watching what I eat and exercising I have been able to shed the Zoloft weight and then some.  Karen is very right about how different everyone's bodies are related too these type of medications.

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   Posted 7/9/2008 1:59 PM (GMT -7)   
Welcome mjames667,
 
How long did it take you to wean off the Zoloft and did you have side effects...........or perhaps I missed that part.  My brain is foggy today. Wongratulations to you and Welcome to Healing Well.
 
Welcome Mamie and I am in the same boat as you, different medication. I se my Doctor tomorrow and we butt heads but this time I am going to exercise patients rights..............I want off the med that has caused a huge weight gain.  I am afraid of course but if she helps me wean off and onto one that does not cause the weight gain, I would be much more cooperative.
 
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   Posted 7/10/2008 3:51 AM (GMT -7)   
wellbutrin is know for its weight loss.
I was on zoloft and actually lost weight why i came of zolft i dont know.
Im on prozac and wellbutrin and to lose weight i a on an herbal tea, and it slowly working.
Congrats on you coming off a drug and losing weight i wish it was that easy for the rest of us scool
 
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mamie
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   Posted 7/10/2008 7:17 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi again! Thanks so very much for the input. i did go jogging last evening and i have been making gradual changes to my diet the last week and a half as that is a good plan anyway...curious to see if that has any impact on my weight...but i did write down the other meds. so i can speak to the MD about it. Could not get an appointment for a few weeks so i have some time to watch for any slight changes. I am hopeful.

thank you again. mamie

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   Posted 7/10/2008 7:36 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for your posts mamie smurf
 
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   Posted 7/11/2008 12:42 AM (GMT -7)   
sheryl=jk said...
wellbutrin is know for its weight loss.
I was on zoloft and actually lost weight why i came of zolft i dont know.

I never heard that before. In fact, the opposite. My psych said all antidepressants cause weight gain either shortly after starting or long term.

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   Posted 7/11/2008 6:38 AM (GMT -7)   

Blondee,

My Pdoc swears that Cymbalta does not cause weight gain............I tend to disagree. 

I have heard of people losing weight on some of the SSRIs and SSNIs but each person's reaction to meds will be diffeent so it is possible.

I have not had that kind of luck.

Kitt


 

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