Zoloft, weight gain = worse depression

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danishfave1
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   Posted 1/2/2009 4:36 AM (GMT -7)   
 
I started taking Zoloft 50mg about 8 months ago after being diagosed with Severe Depression due to work related stress. I ended up losing it in a meeting with my Manager who gave me no support and have lost my dream job. My history is...Ovarian Cancer at age 13, three children (all boys), loving husband, etc... I have always been very affected by my weight. I am quite short and since starting taking Zoloft I have gone from being 63kg which I was ok with, to now being 71.5...  have noticed in the pastfew weeks (with an even more restricted dietetc...) the weght just keeps on going up. I stopped taking my tablets cold turkey about four days ago , even though my hubby wants me to continue. I'm having trouble sleeping, I have dry skin, puffy ankles, and feel generally crapty... I know I have tomove my body in order to improve but I have very little energy toeven get off the lounge. I used to be a fit nd healthy person, I went to uni and was a dancer in my childhood. I'm only 32 but I feel much older. I feel that even though the Zoloft did help at first, it has made me feelmore down on myself than ever before in my life. 'm now overdosing on laxatives, and feel shaky at night.
 
I am seeing my Psychologist on Monday and I'll be darned if I'mgoing to take on more of those pills. 
 
Thought I'd join up and write this because I have just been in tears after standing on the scales...

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   Posted 1/2/2009 9:38 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Danishfave,

I know how frustrating that it is gaining weight on antidepressants. But remember the older we get the more weight we gain, so that could be a part of it. Zoloft usually isn't the type of drug to cause weight gain, but everybody reacts differnt to anti depressants and it could have caused some weight gain.

Be careful going off of your medications, you should always consult your doctor.

Please be honest with your counselor and let them know that you are taking the laxatives. That isn't a healthy thing to do. It can really mess you up in many ways.

There are a lot of different medications out there and not all of them cause weight gain. So please talk to your counselor about this, be honest if you really want help. That is the only way that they can help you.

I hope that you find something that works for you. Keep posting. And I am sorry that you had to have that surgery at such a young age. I hope that you have a wonderful day.

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Mazfire
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   Posted 1/2/2009 5:08 PM (GMT -7)   

i understand! in the 3 months after i was put on Zoloft, i gained 30kg! i get intense carb/sugar cravings and no matter how careful i try and be with food, the weight doesnt budge. im on 150mgs of Zoloft and i got the whole ankle swelling, dry skin etc- i also have polycystic ovaries and that contributes to my weight gain, but yeah- you are not alone! and the zoloft manages my symptoms very well, so i want to stay on it, but the weight gain has made me loathe myself.

 

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stkitt
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   Posted 1/2/2009 5:20 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi Danishfave,
Welcome to HealingWell and the Depression Forum.  I have had a weight issue all my life and worked hard at maintaining.  I was started on Cymbalta 1 year ago and my Pdoc swears it is not the AD.........she swears about a lot of things  LOL.

Well I have gained 25 lbs and hate myself at this weight.  I went shopping today and nearly broke down in tears in the dressing room.  Noting fit..............I have a closet of clothes in many sizes.

I am weaning off the Cymbalta and will exercise and exercise if that is what it takes.

My  Pdoc swears (there she goes again swearing) that I will crash and burn if I go off AD.  I am not sure how she knows this as I have never been given a chance?
Talk it over with your physician on Monday. I am weaning off slowly as I have a job interview on Wedneday and I do not want to go into that with severe withdrawal sx.
 
Keep talking to us and let us support you.
 
Like you, it is making me more depressed. 
Again Welcome to Depression
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Kitt

 

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Callie T
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   Posted 1/6/2009 5:12 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey, guys, I know exactly where you're coming from.  One of the reasons I do not take anti-depressants is because I'm so worried about weight gain.  But the reason I am responding is to tell you guys that since I've been taking Adderall, I have been able to not only drop about 40 or 50 pounds, but that I am also able to pretty much maintain my weight.  However, Adderall is not for everyone.  It is prescription amphetamine and might not be good for those of you who have high blood pressure or heart problems.  Otherwise, it is a great medication for treating many other problems.
 
Most doctors are hesitant about prescribing such a strong stimulant, but luckily I have a very sympathetic psychiatrist who prescribes it to me for treatment-resistant depression.  Since I suffer from fibromyalgia, it is also extremely helpful in combatting chronic fatigue.  The downside is that since I've been taking it for so long (4 years), I try to go several days in a row without taking it in order to avoid building up a tolerance.  When I do not take it, all I want to do is eat and sleep.  But the extra calories I take in when I'm off the drug is balanced by the lack of calories I take in while on the drug; therefore, I have no weight gain.
 
Also, when I'm on the medication, it is the best thing in the world for treating depression.  You feel so alive that you feel as if you can conquer anything.  However, on the days I do not take it, I am back to struggling with depression.  I've been trying to get back to taking it like it's prescribed but when you build up a tolerance for it, it doesn't seem as effective and I do not want to have to increase the dosage.  So far, the way I have been taking it has kept me going for the last 4 years.  Right now I'm on the medication and am feeling great.  However, if I ever come here and post about how awful my depression has been, you'll know I'm on my "Adderall holiday."  Anyway, just wanted to share this with you guys.  Take care and God bless.
 
 

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   Posted 1/6/2009 6:36 AM (GMT -7)   
I take adderall too. For fibromyalgia. It keeps me from sleeping and being tired all the time. I think that it helps with the depression too. In fact I need to take it now.

Bye bye,

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stkitt
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   Posted 1/6/2009 7:00 AM (GMT -7)   

I have a Doctor that would  walk through fire before prescribing  adderall.  cry

I see her today and that always makes me nervous and depressed.

I need a few hugs.

Kitt


 

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serafena
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   Posted 1/6/2009 2:18 PM (GMT -7)   
Kitt,

Are you going off AD's completely, or just dropping the Cymbalta for something else? I too would be concerned about you dropping your AD's altogether. You've got a LOT of stress in your life right now.

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Callie T
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   Posted 1/10/2009 3:00 AM (GMT -7)   
stkitt said...

I have a Doctor that would  walk through fire before prescribing  adderall.  cry

I see her today and that always makes me nervous and depressed.

I need a few hugs.

Kitt

Hey, Kitt, most doctors are very reluctant to prescribe the medication.   That's why I didn't even bother asking my primary care physician.  I only see him for heartburn meds, antibiotics, Lasix, those sort of things.  But when it comes to more serious issues, I turned to my psychiatrist.  He's very kind and understanding and open-minded on trying different medicatons to find the ones that are most beneficial.  Adderall is more of a psychiatric drug and my psychiatrist is familiar and comfortable with the effects it has on certian individuals.  Your family doctor is more than likely not familiar with the benefits these drugs have on certain conditions, considering he does not specialize in such.  If you are capable, seek out a trustworty psychiatrist for your mental and emotional needs.  Make sure he's someone you can feel comfortable with and who will take your medical needs seriously.  Best of luck. 


getting by
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   Posted 1/10/2009 10:07 AM (GMT -7)   
That is true, it is my psychiatrist too that prescribed the adderall. I hope that you can get a prescription for it. It really does help with energy through the day.

Hugs, Karen
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emvano27
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   Posted 1/15/2009 2:52 PM (GMT -7)   
I thought I was losing my mind when I started gaining weight despite not changing my exercise or eating habits this summer...I went from about 120 pounds to a current 142...people have been asking me if I've put on weight and it's embarrassing. I can definitely sympathize with everyone here. It's been harder for me to run since I am carrying around an extra 20 pounds, which makes me feel more lethargic. And the lethargy makes me more depressed. I finally stopped taking zoloft a few weeks ago because it scared me how rapidly the weight was coming on and I didn't know if it would continue. I probably would've stayed on it for longer if not for this side effect making me more anxious and counteracting the good that the zoloft was doing for me.

rernest55
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   Posted 1/21/2009 5:40 PM (GMT -7)   
WOW...now I don't feel like I'm going crazy! I have been taking Zoloft for about 8 years (diagnosed with generalized anxiety disorder) and have put on about 30 lbs since then. (went from 125- almost 160!!!) I had attributed most of the weight gain to age (I'm now 31) and had asked a few different physicians about the possible link to the Zoloft but it was dismissed every time. My eating habits have remained the same. In addition, I have severe night sweats and am always sluggish/tired. I have tried so many different diets and exercise programs and the weight will not budge! It just keeps creeping up! I was recently treated for possible thyroid problems (turns out that's not what it was but I was given no other explanations) and thought maybe I had chronic fatigue! I have decided to slowly take myself off the Zoloft and am now breaking my 50mg pills in half and then will only take one every few days. The depression over my weight is getting unbearable! I am a little bit nervous about the possibility of anxiety/panic attacks once I am off the drug, but am also looking into Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to help learn how to control my anxiety. I hope I will be a happier person without the Zoloft!

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   Posted 1/22/2009 2:47 AM (GMT -7)   

ive said it before, and i will say it again. when i came off Aropax, then Prozac, i begged my Pdoc to put me on a med that wouldnt dramatically alter my weight. she said Zoloft was the most stable and reliable with keeping weight in check. WRONG! while i get the benefits of less anxiety, i now HATE myself, i hate what i see in the mirror, i dont evern recognise the swollen, drug bloated face looking back at me. but it works for my anxiety- so what do i do? stay fat and miserable and continue hating myself, or give up a med that is doing a good job of controlling my AP?

 

Maz XX


            'He heals the broken hearted and binds up their wounds.' (Psalm 147:3)                  
 
Panic Disorder, Agoraphobia, CFS, Fibromyalgia, Chronic Sinusitis, TMJ disorder, Endometriosis, PCOS, Chronic E.N.T and Upper respiratory tract infections, Reactive Arthritis, GERD,  IBS, Glandular fever, Migraines, Anemia, Chemical/Noise/Light sensitivity, Trichotilomania, PTSD, Seasonal Mood  Disorder, OCD, Benign Vertigo,  Impaired immune system. Tachycardia, tinnitus, low clotting factor= bruising. Tendonitis, Bursitis.
Meds: Zoloft 150mg. Xanax 4mg. Celebrex. Mobic. Panadeine Forte. Digesic. Nexium. Phenergan.
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stkitt
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   Posted 1/22/2009 6:13 AM (GMT -7)   

Good Morning to All,

To answer a few questions some of you asked.............

I am weaning very slowly on the Cymbalta and I am at 30 mg down from 60 mg and may hold here for a couple of weeks as yes I do have a lot of stress right now and do not want to crash.

I do have a Psychiatrist and she is the one that swears Cymbalta does not cause weight gain, Ha ha ha.  :)

It was my Psychiatrist who refused to even talk about Adderall. She told me if "You have never used it before, I would never prescribe it for you"   ???? She is very controling and tells me I can be very insistent.  No wonder I feel bad about me. smhair   I have tried to explain to her I have little motivation and she just ignores that or wants to add more meds to make me even more zombie like. Finding a new Psychiatrist is really tough in our area and the waiting list may be as long as 5 months.

I too have stood on that scale and cried or went to put on clothes that no longer fit.

You are not alone any of you in how you feel. I do not have the answer.

Welcome to the newbies, I am so glad to see you here on HealingWell.

Hugs

Kitt


 

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getting by
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   Posted 1/22/2009 10:03 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Kitt,

I think that the reason that your psych isn't prescribing adderall is because so many are abusing it. My psych isn't prescribing any to new prescriptions, only to people who are already taking it. Ask her about ritalin or provigil. Provigil is a good stimulant and not abused as much. Maybe she will try that with you.

I hope that you are having a good day. I am very fatigued today due to fibro flare up.

Hugs, Karen
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