Anti-Depressants and weight gain-have any of you had this

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Having2LeftFeet
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   Posted 4/2/2005 8:13 AM (GMT -7)   
nono  No-No is right. Over 2 months ago, my doc took me off Celexa as I told him it wasn't working. He then put me on Prozac. I started putting on weight but I was only eating one meal a day which is stupid. I started with "Slim Fast" so I would at least substitute it for missed meals. I was getting fatter. Now I am getting depressed. A person can generally tell if they have gained weight by the way their clothes feel, right? Yea...I couldn't zip my pants. This was very strange as I had only gained weight in my stomach as I could tell that. I brought to my doc attention and as usual, he said not to worry about it. Here I am two months later and 15 lbs heavier. Is this depression, You bet it is. I feel like a fat pig and I am out of breath all the time when I climb steps and walk for any length of time. Even taking consideration that I do have an illness and asthma, I was doing OK before the Prozac. Has anyone else had this reaction to Prozac or any other anti-depressant? Thanks group...
 
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Ralph
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   Posted 4/2/2005 9:12 AM (GMT -7)   
Lefty

I don't know if anti-depressants cause weight gain. I know that in my case peanuts, chips, gin and tonic, wine, and in general all the things I like to consume keep me in the rolly polly catagory.

Why is it that if it tastes good and yummy, it's bad for you. My daughter (who is slim) eats mostly vegetables and low fat stuff. This would surely bring on another bout of depression for me.

I have read of people losing weight and some gaining weight in reading the threads. I know that in the spring when I get out walking more and do more in the way of exercise, I tend to lose a bit of weight. The Effexor I take does nothing for my weight either way.

Also, there is something in my clothes cupboard that is causing my summer stuff to SHRINK between October and April.

curley
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   Posted 4/2/2005 1:06 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi,I have crohns,ra,oa,and depression also.I'am on Zoloft and Xanax and these two meds do not cause weight gain for me but every one is different.When I first got sick with crohns I went from 133 down to 102.Nothing but skin and bones.Then I was put on high doese of Predazone and I went from 102 up to 203.I'am still trying to get all this weight off of me because I have never been this big and all this excess weight is makeing me miserable.My GI told me that it can take up to a year for the stroids to get out of my system.So I can relate to where you are comeing from.I have had people tell me to look on the bright side at least you get new clothes.They don't understand that it depreeses you to know that you have to get bigger cloths and they are not cheap.


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florist
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   Posted 4/2/2005 4:02 PM (GMT -7)   
Every antidepressant I've ever taken has made me gain weight. Prozac, Paxil, Luvox, Wellbutrin, Effexor, Celexa, BuSpar, Risperdal, and Zoloft.Some of them also gave me horrible cravings for carbs. I am now so &%@! fat that I am even more depressed than before I went on the meds. Ergo, I am no longer on the meds and am currently searching for an alternative therapy.
Laura J.
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curley
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   Posted 4/2/2005 6:16 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey,Florist let me know what you come up with.


Curley..............

RainDance
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   Posted 4/3/2005 1:05 AM (GMT -7)   

Hey Curley,

I went up to 238 on the Prednisone... Oh joy.

I have three sizes of clothes hanging in my closet for all the different cycles of the Pred.

No, it's not fun to get new clothes, when they look like they could pinch-hit for Barnum and Bailey.

Ah well.. we're alive.. :)

 


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dbab
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   Posted 4/3/2005 9:00 AM (GMT -7)   
For me, I was gaining weight while on the meds because I was happier. Seems the meds worked and I was getting out of depression which when I was depressed I wouldn't eat. You may not think that you are eating more, but you may be. Personally, I would take the weight gain over the depression any day because I know that excercising is an option.
"Slow down and everything you are chasing will come around and catch you."
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florist
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   Posted 4/3/2005 5:14 PM (GMT -7)   
Curley, I'm thinking of trying St. John's Wort next, but I have to make sure it's OK to take it while nursing (I have a 6 month old). I may have to wind up waiting until he's weaned anyway before I try anything new.
Laura J.
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AlwaysRosie
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   Posted 4/3/2005 6:36 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello All!!!

I'm taking lexapro (and have previously taken paxil, zoloft and celexa). I have gained quite a bit of weight too . . . but I know I am eating too much. When I do watch what I eat, I do eventually lose the weight . . . I just really crave good stuff to eat . . then I make it . . . then I eat it!

Sorry you are having a hard time Lefty . . . I know that you are aware of all the food going in . . . but I wonder if your activity level has dropped off with all of your pain?????? One other item to conisider is (I have heard) that stress causes your body to produce some excess chemical that slows your metabalism . . . age slows your metabalism. . . loss of muscle mass slows your metabolism . . . retaining water makes your appear heavier . . . not sure what is happening for you . . . but I do know you have a very full plate right now.

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mel1787
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   Posted 4/3/2005 6:49 PM (GMT -7)   
confused  I am on lexapro and steadily gaining weight. over thirty pounds now. i can eat the most healthful things and i still gain. if any of you find an alternative to the pills, please let me know. they are not working for me. and its just getting worse.

Having2LeftFeet
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   Posted 4/4/2005 9:12 AM (GMT -7)   
sad  Well, at least I know I am in good company. I had to chuckle when I read some of your posts. You lifted me up for today. I was bound and determined that I was going to deal with this over this past weekend so I called "Rooter Router" and took matters into my own hands. My plumbing was so bad it took 3 days for the "blockage" to get cleaned out. I also ate very lightly this weekend. I weighed in 6 lbs lighter this AM and now have a half-smile on my face. I guess this is what I will have to do every day. Stay "on top" of the throne. Thanks for everyone's imput. Ya'll have a great sense of humor...thank God!
 
"Lefty" yeah
There is no such word as can't. Can't simply means wouln't. Grab as much as life as you can. Future is a long way away for those who don't believe. Don't build a foundation of life on sand. It will take it away with the tide. Love a little more, be unkind a lot less.


jengirl
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   Posted 4/4/2005 11:25 AM (GMT -7)   
I am glad somebody else feels my pain. I have taken two different antidepressants in the past year. Wellbutrin really wasn't too bad...until i started the "excessive sweating". It was so unbearable that my normal state seemed more appealing. I have been on lexpro for the past 2-1/2 months. The anxiety relief was incredible...until about a month ago...my clothes started getting tighter. I have gained 15 pounds now. We eat very healthy, with the occasional indulgence. I run/walk at least 3 miles a day. Two weeks ago we spent a few days riding bikes through the hills...about 22 miles a day. I gained 5 of those pounds by the end of that trip. That was the red flag. Since then i have gained 5 more. So i have been lexapro free now for 2 days. Does anybody know how long it takes to lose the weight and can anybody recommend something to help with the general anxiety and misery that used to plague my everyday?

AlwaysRosie
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   Posted 4/4/2005 1:44 PM (GMT -7)   
Welcome Jengirl!!

Hmmmmmmm it would seem that all that aerobic exercise would cause weight loss AND help your depression. You rock Jen!! Doing all that biking! Having longer day-light should help too. The days ARE getting longer and sunnier. . . yeah!! It is nice to wear just a jacket outside. It is helpful to get up with the sun so that your eyes are exposed to the longest daylight possible. This stimulate the seratonin in your brain. Shorter days make some of us experience a "hibernation" response where we want to eat and sleep.

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Cammiejo
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   Posted 4/4/2005 1:50 PM (GMT -7)   
smurf  Hi  wanted to stop in a say I am on Zolft and I did not have any Problem but when I was on remron It went on like a blink of the eye
I am Now off remron but do to others med do to other med problems  I have gained a Lot of weight and it does not matter how hard I try I wish I can find a way to lose it . so if anyone else reads this any advice will do and jengirl  I also want to wish you luck,
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jengirl
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   Posted 4/4/2005 3:09 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for the wishes... i really wish it wasn't this way with the weight gain. I thought i could handle 10 pounds but it just seems to be accumulating much more. Any thoughts on how to speed up the weight loss that i hope will happen? a friend of mine also recommended Sam-E. It is an OTC product that seems to work well for him. Has anybody ever tried it? I figure i should wait maybe a week or so to get the Lexapro out of me first.

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   Posted 4/7/2005 4:17 PM (GMT -7)   
Raindance and curly,

I was also on pred for a year for CD. I am usually what I consider to be a big guy, but now I am freakin huge. I know the new clothe thing as well. It sucks. I topped out at 280. My normal weight is 200-210. So I am now hoping the weight will go away.
Of course I am on Prozac now too. Hopefully it doesnt have that effect on me.
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Cloudy30
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   Posted 4/7/2005 8:17 PM (GMT -7)   
I seemed to have gained two pant sizes the last three years.  I have been on several different combinations.  I usually in the past have been very active and have kept off weight but now my motivation is so low that I am not all that active.  Okay let me be honest I do very little exercise at all!   I have no appetite due to meds during the day so I basically eat a small breakfast and dinner.  I would love to get back on the workout wagon but it has been a huge challenge. 
 
What is so crazy to me is that three years ago I ran a marathon and now I can barely jog for five minutes without being out of breath.  I don't know whether I should laugh or cry!!!  Right now I am taking Zoloft, Wellbutrin, Seroquel and Topomax. 

danmcgov
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   Posted 4/14/2005 6:43 PM (GMT -7)   
I caught the tail end of a news story on anti-depressants and how they are thought to slow down metabolism.  I've been on Zoloft for about a year.  I went to the doctor for stomach pains, he thought it was due to stress and suggested Zoloft. I can't say I was really depressed but it did help in dealing with the everyday stress of work and home (2 young boys).
 
I'm a 42 year old male and have I've always been physically fit thanks to running, weight training, and watching my diet.  I decided to go off Zoloft a week ago and I feel considerable less bloated. 
 
I could not figure out why my stomach felt, well, heavy, during running. 
 
I too, had to buy a pants with a waist size that I never dreamed of wearing. 
 
Ironically, I blew out my calf last week so I had to stop running but due to going off the medicine (my opinion), I feel thinner.
 
Anyhow, no more Zoloft for me.  I'll have to deal with life's stress some other way.

Ell
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   Posted 4/25/2005 8:49 AM (GMT -7)   
On Prozac i was fine with my weight but at that stage i was in hospital so i didnt really eat much. Now im on mirtazapine and seroquel and my weight has just gotten out of control. Ive never really been that thin but i was happy with being a size 12. In the few months that ive been on mirtazapine ive put on over 10kilos (sorry not sure what that is in pounds). I feel so fat and disgusting. Im 18 and now have stretch marks all over me from the rapid weight gain. I hate going out in public and when i do i cover up. My fight with depression had started to improve for the first time in years and now this is bringing me down.

Im not as active as i was, so i guess thats a big part but i have such low energy levels that getting up is a task sometimes. I just want to wake up from this nightmare...
 


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   Posted 4/25/2005 9:38 AM (GMT -7)   
Ell,

You had a great tip in a previous post . . . just a walk around the block makes a big difference. My mom used to run in place for 100 steps each day. She said that made a huge different for her (and I do remember her doing that). Now I read where jumping like that can help your lympatic system to drain properly. Hmmmm???

You've also reached an age where (for women) the metabolism slows a bit anyway because you are not growing anymore . . . so that could be part of the problem.

Please try not to hate your body Ell. I spent a good part of my life suffering from poor body image because I went above a size 12 and now when I look back at pictures . . I would LOVE to look like that again. I have a large amount of weight to lose and I am resolved to get back to hiking as soon as my legs can handle it. Meanwhile, I have stocked up on healthy foods and am trying to break the habit of eating junk food.

I'm glad to see you posting. We really enjoy your company!!

Blessings!
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Ell
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   Posted 4/25/2005 10:50 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for the kind words. I try not to hate myself but i just feel disgusted. For the last few days ive been trying to walk each day and im starting water areobics tomorrow night. Eating healthier is a must and i guess one of my problem areas, ive been pretty good for the last few days i just hope i can keep it going.
 


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   Posted 4/26/2005 7:00 AM (GMT -7)   
Ell,

I'm trying to MAKE myself eat better too . . . its a very hard thing for me as I am a foodaholic. Kudos to you for your walking and water areobics!!! Woohoo!! Keep us posted how that is going because you are a good role model for the rest of us.

Ell, initially you can 'pretend' to like yourself. Pretending is a good way to try it out and see how much better you'll feel. . . it will be easier to make the switch to really liking yourself!! I used to have a very hard time accepting a compliment and then my hubby told me that it makes it hard for him or anyone else to say nice things about me, because I would belittle the compliment. That's when I started pretending . . . 'oh thank you' . . . or 'glad you noticed' . . . and it became a way of life for me. Now I actually enjoy compliments (I used to have thoughts like "if you knew the 'real' me you wouldn't be giving me compliments).

Keep us posted on the water aerobics!!

Blessings!
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Ell
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   Posted 4/26/2005 7:08 AM (GMT -7)   
I will do. I use to enjoy compliments but now i just look at myself and think why the hell would anyone think i look good. But these days i never get them, its a "Oh nice lipstick" or something like that.

A huge problem for me and cause of a lot of my downs these days are stretch marks. My body isnt use to being as big as this and from such rapid weight gain i now have huge marks all over me, from me arms, to stomach, to thighs, i even have them behind my knees. I feel so worthless and disgusting, i wear long sleeved tops and long skirts all the time to hide them. What makes it worse is that theres no real way of getting rid of them, as it is a tear is the layering of the skin...so basically im stuffed!
 


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   Posted 4/26/2005 7:33 AM (GMT -7)   
((((((((Ell))))))))

That is a hard thing to accept. I look at little children and see their perfect skin and realize that I took it for granted when my skin was perfect like that. Now, I am like you and I hide what I can. But, I have noticed that a couple of very large women I know will dawn a bathing suit and feel no shame in exposing some extremely lumpy and stretch marked legs and arms. It was actually an inspiration to me as they were ENJOYING their time in the sun. I went home and found a pair of shorts and started wearing them around the house (a big first step for me). Now . . . years later, I MUST cover up all summer because the sun exacerbates a medical condition . . . so I wear long sleeves, long pants, hat, and even an umbrella if I want to be outside.

Please enjoy the skin you are in. I wasted too much of my youth wishing I had my beautiful legs again. Funny thing is . . . you and I would encourage others to do the same.

And if someone tells you "nice lipstick" . . . say "oh, thanks . . . I like it too!"

Blessings!
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   Posted 4/26/2005 7:48 AM (GMT -7)   
Its a hard thing to accept. Im only 18, none of my friends are like this, they dont have huge scares all over their bodies. They can go out, wear whatever they want and have a great time. When i do go out i sit their the whole night feeling sick at the sight of myself, wishing i would evaporate into thin air. People dont look twice at me anymore and when they do i think they are talking about me or thinking about how fat and ugly i am.

I know i should try to accept myself but i cant.
 

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