Losing weight after stopping Zoloft

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smittygirl
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   Posted 1/11/2012 1:03 PM (GMT -6)   
How long did it take everyone who stopped taking Zoloft to begin losing. The weight they gained while taking zoloft? I am getting so frustrated with with the weight gain so I switched meds. :(





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   Posted 1/11/2012 1:12 PM (GMT -6)   
smittygirl,

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   Posted 1/11/2012 6:58 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Smittygirl,

I deleted your other thread because it asked the same question as you are asking here. We aren't' allowed to duplicate posts or tthreads on this forum.

I am sorry about the weight gain, it could take awhile before you start losing. I lost weight by going off of soda pop and started drinking water. Sometimes I put a wedge of lemon in my water. I also started walking. Can I ask what med you switched to? Wellbutrin is noted for not causing weight gain. I am just curious as to what the doctor put you on. And how long you have been off of zoloft and on the new med.

Hopefully some members will comw on soon with some insight for you. But different meds effect different people differently. I hope that you get some answers though.

Keep posting.

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smittygirl
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   Posted 1/11/2012 7:30 PM (GMT -6)   
Sorry about the duplicate!

Karen-I switched to Lexapro. During most of my 1 year on the Zoloft, I have gone to gym classes regularly and have recently gone up to 5 days a week. My workouts are very intense. I rarely drink soda, and try to watch how much I eat. I still continued to gain weight, so I told my Dr I was frustrated after all the effort I'd been putting in. I switched to the Lexapro 4 days ago. Appreciate any insight from fellow members :)

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   Posted 1/11/2012 8:12 PM (GMT -6)   
It is probably going to take a good month to see any weight loss as the zoloft will take awhile to get out of your system. Just don't lose hope. I have heard of people losing the excess weight after quitting a medication. I had that problem with prozac. I could look at food and gain weight. I hated it and it wasn't helping my depression any.

I didn't gain weight on zoloft because it gave me severe diarhea. I couldn't tolerate it at all. I guess I am really sensitive to medications. I have been on pristiq for a long while now and it works good for me.

Don't give up hope like I said. Keep up your good health choices. Keep drinking the water and you will start to lose weight. It is just going to take a little time. they say two pounds a week is still healthy. You will get there.

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   Posted 2/23/2012 3:32 PM (GMT -6)   
I have been on and off of Zoloft since I was 19 years old (I am now 25). The first time I got on it, I gained 20 lbs. I then got back off of it and lost about 10 lbs within two months and by six months, I had lost all 20. I had to get back on it, and gained 20 lbs. I got back off of it and lost only 10 lbs, but I had been lifting a lot of weights and think I possibly gained a good bit of muscle. In June 2011, I had to get back on Zoloft yet again, and I have put on 8 lbs. I work out 5 to 6 days a week and keep a food diary of everything that goes into my mouth. It is impossible to lose weight while on Zoloft. The good news is that from my experience, it comes off once you quit using the medication. I would honestly rather be a little anxious than over-weight and having to monitor every bit of food I consume. I am only 5'2 and should weigh no more than 110-115. I weigh 132.

I have yet again come off of Zoloft and will never ever take it again. For a while I had doubts about whether it was the culprit of my weight gain, but after the 3rd time of getting on it, I am sure. My advice to anyone considering starting this drug is not to do it. I plan on going to see a holistic doctor to help better manage my anxiety and panic attacks. I just don't see what the point of being on any medication is, if I'm just going to have daily break downs about my weight and the frustration I feel.

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   Posted 2/23/2012 4:34 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Fgr935,

Welcome to the depression forum. I am glad that you have joined us. There are many other meds besides zoloft. So if the holistic approach doesn't work, maybe something like welbutrin would. It does not cause weight gain.

I hope that you find what is right for you. It stinks to have depression. Keep posting, and again, welcome to the forum.

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Downandtubby
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   Posted 3/10/2012 8:39 AM (GMT -6)   
Soooo 9 days into quitting zoloft cold turkey. Doing it real tough dizziness wise, but hoping it will all be worth it. Nearly cracked the tonne in weight gain, and this made me sadder than before I started taking zoloft. I pray with healthy eating and exercise that there is a light at the end of this black tunnel.. Anyone have some hope for me?!

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   Posted 3/10/2012 8:57 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Down,

Welcome to the forum. Yest there is hope for you. It is hard to get through withdrawals. Did you quit cold turkey? That is hard. IF you are really idzzy , try taking a part of one to get through it.

Yes, healthy eating and exercise helps. Especially walking. Keep posting. Excuse the typos. Just got up. Not enough coffee yet.

Take care...

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Fgr935
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   Posted 3/12/2012 1:42 PM (GMT -6)   
Dear Down,

I came off of Zoloft about 3 weeks ago. I have seen no change in my weight. I understand how you feel...just hang in there. Tonight I am starting a new Cross Fit class that I am hoping will help. It's supposed to be one of the most intense workouts you can do.

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   Posted 4/27/2012 2:49 PM (GMT -6)   
Well, I see noone has been talking about this for the last month; however, since this subject is what brought me to join, I am hoping I get some additional feed back from those who have already posted about stopping Zoloft in the past 60-90 days and see how their weight loss is coming along.

I have been on Zoloft forever, probably since my 30's or maybe 40's and I'm 63 1/2 now. For several years I did not see a change in my weight too much, up and down 5 or 10 pounds. However, at some point, probably 10 years ago, I got hit with a double Whammy, menopause and increased dosage of Zoloft. I started putting on the weight & no matter what I did (and still do) I cannot lose. I've been on a diet (watching what I eat for the past two weeks) and I've gained. Go figure.

I'm afraid to go off the Zoloft (generic now) for the side effects I have had when I miss a dose. I read above that Wellbutrin does not cause weight gain. Is it as effective as Zoloft?

I'm like everyone else on here, the weight gain has made my depression worse and I'll be darned to increase the dosage yet again!

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   Posted 4/27/2012 4:04 PM (GMT -6)   
Welcome jiggermcg,

I am not positive, but I think zoloft is an ssri and wellbutrin is an ssni. It has to do with norepenephrin. IF I even spelled that right, though I could very well be wrong. One works with seratonin and the other norepenephrine. But that doesn't mean the doctor wont try it. I had good results with wellbrutrin, but couldn't handle a high dose as it made me so I could not sleep. But that doesn't necessarily mean that would happen to you. I would ask the doctor about trying wellbutrin if weight is an issue. I now take pristiq and have not had any weight issues from it. Though I am losing weight, I am not at the desired weight yet that I want to be. I have about ten pounds to go. I do walk everyday though and that helps a lot. You don't have to walk a lot, to get results. I just go up the street most days or around the block. I cut out soda. That helped a lot. Right now I am trying to cut down on coffee with creamer in it. I am thinking that is a huge culprit in my gaining weight. I also have fibromyalgia which slowed me down considerably. And am working on that too. Trying to get more active. But if you can walk, do so. And if you don't drink water a lot, change that too. Water fills you up and also cleans you out. And that has no calories. So small life style changes can help if you are able to do them. The little things do add up. I think that there are others that take wellbutrin and hopefully they will post.

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   Posted 4/28/2012 3:01 PM (GMT -6)   
I have been on Zoloft for about 5 years for GAD. I noticed that I definitely gained weight when I was on it for the first year but then definitely lost the weight.

Maybe it has something to do with my metabolism but Zoloft doesn't really effect my weight I don't think. I am 5'7" and 120lbs, so pretty thin. Although, I do have a little bit of a gut, which bothers me and I am trying to get rid of. It is so hard to keep up with workouts because of my busy school schedule. It is very frustrating.

Is there any different between the generic version of Zoloft? Because that is actually what I take. Setraline. For me, Setraline and lamotrigine (generic form of Lamictal) work wonders.

I hope you find a way to lose the weight that you gained and you find medications that work for you!

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   Posted 4/29/2012 4:52 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello all, I am new here.

I cut my dosage of Zoloft in half about two months ago, but didn't see any pounds or inches lost until I began eating sensibly (passing on desserts, candy and junk food), drinking a lot of water, and walking about a mile each evening.

I've tried going off Zoloft before, but I found I needed it, along with something to control panic attacks like Xanax. So I compromised by telling my doctor to cut my Zoloft prescription to 100mg per day, from 200mg.

Good luck to everyone!

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   Posted 4/29/2012 5:26 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Constant,

Welcome to the forum. I am glad that you have joined us. I am also glad that you are able to function on half a dose of zoloft. Keep walking, and keep drinking that water. It really does help. I walk daily as much as I can. Cut out the soda and switched to water. I put lemon in it if it becomes boring.

Keep up the good work!!!

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   Posted 4/29/2012 9:31 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the warm welcome, Karen.

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   Posted 2/6/2013 3:09 PM (GMT -6)   
I had been on zoloft for 11 years before stopping this past July.I was 27 when I first started and weighed around 160 and at my heaviest I got up to 215. I worked out the last 2 years and was anywhere from 195 to 200. I am down to 180 now with the exact eating habits and no working out, being the constant hypochondriac that I am I thought I had cancer. I was so upset with the weight loss, I had my Dr order complete blood count which came back normal and a chest x ray which also was normal. My only thing I can attest this too along with my dr is coming off Zoloft! My metabolism is so fast now even at 39 {male}. I guess I should consider myself lucky but my anxiety/ panic disorder is bad. My 7th month off zoloft I lost 8lbs in 1 month

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   Posted 2/6/2013 5:34 PM (GMT -6)   
Maybe you can take something as needed for the anxiety... I hope you find what works for you.

Take care and keep posting.

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