prozac and weight gain

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prof
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   Posted 5/23/2005 8:33 PM (GMT -7)   
I was wondering if anyone has taken prozac and gained weight from it?   How long til you would see those side effects..either gaining or losing? 


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   Posted 5/24/2005 10:45 AM (GMT -7)   
yeah  Yes...I have been taking it for a while and have gained weight slowly. Now I feel like a fat pig and I am losing it slow thanks to my friends on this board. Thanks God for them.
 
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   Posted 5/24/2005 11:24 AM (GMT -7)   
I have seemed to have gained weight all at once. I just started taking it ( this week!) and all of a sudden I have gained some weight. I have NOT been eating anymore and am still excercising... WHAT GIVES? Do youjust gain.. for no reason???????


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   Posted 5/24/2005 1:33 PM (GMT -7)   
Oh No!!!
That is what I am taking as well and weight gain just simply can't be part of the picture. Don't the drug companies realize that giving a depressed person medicine that makes them gain weight only makes us more depressed??
I am waiting for the "Barbie" pill - thin, tan and with a big sex drive!!
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prof
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   Posted 5/24/2005 4:31 PM (GMT -7)   
I spoke to my Shrink andhe said that the weight gain after a week is NOT from the prozac. I want to stop it but he has convinced me to give it a few more days. Dammy.... how long have u been on it


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   Posted 5/24/2005 4:46 PM (GMT -7)   
Prof -
Maybe a week?? I have been on it before and I have always lost weight. Now I am perplexed.
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prof
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   Posted 5/24/2005 4:51 PM (GMT -7)   
maybe just me or maybe just pms.. how much are u on.. my shrink started me at 10mg.


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   Posted 5/25/2005 3:21 AM (GMT -7)   
20mg!!!
I can't handle any weight gain.
I always thought that you were male - I pictured the Professor on Gilligan's Island. I probably still will though lol!!!
So far I haven't lost but haven't really gained either - I don't have a scale here. Have to weight (pun intended) until I get to my parents house.
dammy
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mish4464
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   Posted 5/25/2005 10:39 PM (GMT -7)   
Prof-
i had to laugh at your post.  I was on paxil - which is close to prozac and i was working out and eating right and i gained about 10-15 within two months. I asked  my doctor that question and she said well be gretful your working out or it would be double. Gee - thanxs doc!!

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   Posted 6/8/2006 2:23 PM (GMT -7)   

Hello my name is Jessica and I have been completely perplexed from the extra twenty pounds I have been carrying around and cannot get rid of.  I have spent thousands of dollars over the past year and a half but the scale does not budge.  Not until recently I was told by a family member that anitdepressants can cause weight gain.  It all makes sense to me now.  Almost two years ago I started taking Prozac for social anxiety disorder, and almost instantly began gaining weight.  I have never had a weight problem in my life and feel stuck against a wall at this point.  The prozac has helped me immensely with my social issues, but at the same time I feel very unattractive and obsessed with getting rid of this extra weight.  I have tried many other medications like Paxil, Celexa, and Wellbutrin and Prozac has been perfect for me emotionally.  I wonder what my life would be like if I stopped taking prozac and continued to work out and eat healthy?  I am curious if that extra twenty pounds would come off.  It's also scary to think of the things that can reoccur in my life, which led me to take Prozac in the first place.  Has anyone stopped taking Prozac, and noticed they lost weight?  If so, how long after and did you have any of your old symptoms back?  Can anybody commiserate with me or have suggestions?

Thanks so much,

Jessica


prof
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   Posted 6/8/2006 6:00 PM (GMT -7)   
I did go off the prozac and lost the weight. Antdepressants workdifferently for eveyone. Me... I never get the "normal" side effects". Prof


els
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   Posted 6/10/2006 7:27 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi guys...I dug up this article from WebMD and I feel it explains why some people will gain on these meds and some dont.  Also, the second like is on Pros and Cons of Prozac and weight is listed....Check it out...

http://www.webmd.com/content/article/74/89363.htm

http://www.webmd.com/content/article/11/1674_50722.htm


 


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   Posted 6/19/2006 10:26 AM (GMT -7)   
I would just like to suggest taking zoloft if you are scared of weight gain. I have been on this for 6 months and havent gained a pound. But i am going to switch to prozac and was just reading this so now the thought scares me


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els
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   Posted 6/20/2006 3:36 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi onya,  Welcome.  I just wanted to say that not gaining weight on Zoloft is not typical.  There are many people who have gained anywhere from 20-30 pounds, so you are quite lucky.  We have a thread in this forum dedicated only to Zoloft and Weight gain.  The links I posted from WebMD explain how each persons body chemistry works with these drugs.  That is why some people gain and some don't.  It is a roll of the dice basically....Take care


 


axelsmom
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   Posted 9/6/2006 6:22 AM (GMT -7)   
I lost 10 pounds within a few weeks of stopping Paxil last year. Now I'd been on Prozac for 8 months and within the past two months gained 10 pounds right back. Nothing fits and I'm frustrated. I sure hope this weight comes off again. I am watching what and how much I eat plus working out a lot, like always.

veryconfused
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   Posted 1/21/2007 1:46 PM (GMT -7)   
how long does it take for the weight to off after you stop taking prozac? I stopped 1 month ago and my clothes are still tight.

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   Posted 1/21/2007 1:49 PM (GMT -7)   
does anyone know if there are any other antidepressants that dont secretly make you can weight?help!

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   Posted 1/22/2007 8:00 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi veryconfused, welcome to healing well forum.  It is difficult to say which antidepressants will or wont make someone gain weight as we all react to these medications differantly due to our body chemicals being differant.  I was on Luvox and didnt gain any weight but there are many people who report weight gain.  I am now taking Effexor Xr and have lost weight on it...but still some people say they gain with it.  Zoloft is a big one that does cause weight gain, I was on that for many years and we have a thread dedicated to that.  I also believe that a lot of people dont have as many weight issues with Wellbutrin.  Have you spoken to your physician regarding this?

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jaymay
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   Posted 1/22/2007 8:40 AM (GMT -7)   

hey els how many mg of effexor xr do you take?

 

els said...
Hi veryconfused, welcome to healing well forum.  It is difficult to say which antidepressants will or wont make someone gain weight as we all react to these medications differantly due to our body chemicals being differant.  I was on Luvox and didnt gain any weight but there are many people who report weight gain.  I am now taking Effexor Xr and have lost weight on it...but still some people say they gain with it.  Zoloft is a big one that does cause weight gain, I was on that for many years and we have a thread dedicated to that.  I also believe that a lot of people dont have as many weight issues with Wellbutrin.  Have you spoken to your physician regarding this?


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   Posted 1/22/2007 2:38 PM (GMT -7)   
els, thank you for your reply Iam very confused how the weight just creeped up. I didnt notice at first the weight gain maybe it was because the meds. where working but when I did I was not a happy camper!!!!!! It is taking or seems like for ever for weight to come off. Working out and diet pills dont help, I guess I have to wait for my metabolism to speed up again.

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   Posted 1/22/2007 2:41 PM (GMT -7)   
els, I dont necessarily care to take any more antidepressants. I am more concerned about this weight I have put on because it is bugging the crap out of me! please reply . ANYONE!!!

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   Posted 1/23/2007 10:09 AM (GMT -7)   
Jaymay said...hey els how many mg of effexor xr do you take?
 
I take 225mg of Effexor XR.  I have found that when I take it in the mornings I have a little boost of energy and can get somethings done.  I was taking Zoloft prior to the Effexor and it pretty much made me feel like a zombie all the time...almost like I didnt have any emotions and was kept at one level.  On the Effexor I dont feel like that, I can cry at sappy commercials and I can get mad at things that make me angry.  It is kind of nice to feel like a normal person again while taking an antidepressant.

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   Posted 1/23/2007 10:29 AM (GMT -7)   
veryconfused said...els, thank you for your reply Iam very confused how the weight just creeped up. I didnt notice at first the weight gain maybe it was because the meds. where working but when I did I was not a happy camper!!!!!! It is taking or seems like for ever for weight to come off. Working out and diet pills dont help, I guess I have to wait for my metabolism to speed up again.
 

 
els, I dont necessarily care to take any more antidepressants. I am more concerned about this weight I have put on because it is bugging the crap out of me! please reply . ANYONE!!!
all i can tell you is from my own personal experiance in taking antidepressants for many years.  I took prozac only for a few days I didnt react to it well.  However, I was on Zoloft for well over 5 yrs and like you said the weight just sneaked up on me.  I had to realize that I wasnt a teenager anylonger who could eat whatever I wanted and not gain a pound staying in a size 6.  It was a hard fact to swallow that I had gained well over 50 pounds and being over 30 it is so much harder to lose the weight as your metabolism does tend to slow down.  What I did was cut my carb intake...and went to eating only whole grains, nothing white, cut out as much sugar as possible and started reading the lables of the items I buy at the store.  If sugar is listed within the first 5 ingredents I dont buy it.  Eating like this has helped me to lose the weight and then some.  I also go to the gym and exercise everyday if possible.  I still take an antidepressant and know that weight is always going to be an issue with these type of medications.  However, in regards to weither I would want to be over weight and on an antidepressant or slim and depressed I would always choose the first....as my depression is unbearable untreated.  A few posts up from here I posted a link via webmd that explains why some people gain weight on antidepressants and why others dont.  It is an intersting article if your interested.
 
 

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veryconfused
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   Posted 1/24/2007 12:30 PM (GMT -7)   
I can't believe how many letters I have read regarding prozac long term weight gain, I had no idea it did this.
Actually I am very upset that doctors dont warn people especially people who have aneroxia!!!!! I have just started to lose a little bit of weight and I mean a little.In one month I might of lost 1 to2 lbs. big deal for me my body image doesnt recognize this minut drop. Please write back I need some incouragement and help!

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   Posted 1/24/2007 5:55 PM (GMT -7)   
In general, Prozac is considered to be the best among the SSRIs as far as weight gain goes. Most people don't gain a lot of weight on it, but it can happen.
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