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mekkie
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   Posted 4/3/2006 10:56 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi everyone as you can see had to start a new forum ...other was locked Again
 
Im very dissapionted that i dont have any good news to bring...it all going wrong for me once again my weight is building up i have gained 4 kilo`s i guess thats 8 pounds in a matter of 2 months this is realy worriing me im not eating different my hunger feelings are less but the water retention just dont seem to be going im not sure if im just at a stop period now or what???? Did anyone else have this ??? they lost a few pounds and then it seemed as though you was not loosing anymore or you gained ????
 
take care
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ALLYBOOBOO
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   Posted 4/4/2006 4:48 PM (GMT -7)   
Mekkie, i have the same problem. close to my period the scale says that i am the same weight i was when i stopped taking zoloft 5 months ago which was 61.36 kilos (135 pounds). then after my period the scale reads that i lost 2.27 kilos ( 5 pounds) which brings me to 59.9 kilos (130 pounds). this whole process is going to take at least a year and you probably will not see much of a difference until about the end, just like you probably gained most of your weight in the last few months before discontinuing the drug. i wouldnt get so worked up and just allow the time to pass. if you don't see a difference in about a year then i would worry. Everyone that i have talked to has told me that it will take a year or a year and 1/2. i was thinking about it the other day, and when i was on welbutrin and gained 9 kilos( 20 pounds), it took a year and a couple months to return to normal. at the time i was on the welbutrin i didnt have a clue what had caused me to gain weight and now that i have experienced this with zoloft, i figured it out. it's just a waiting game at this point. i know it really sucks, but it will happen, i promise. and i bet you it will take a year or so and don't let that get you down. it is only one year out of the rest of your life. once you return to normal you can put this horrrible experience behind you and move on looking hot again!!!!! one way i think about it is, i am just happy that i figured out the weight gain when i did and stopped taking zoloft otherwise i would be so fat right now!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! just in the last three months i was on zoloft i gained 6.82 kilos (15 pounds)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! just hang in there and wait this thing out .

mekkie
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   Posted 4/5/2006 3:20 AM (GMT -7)   
Allybooboo...thats the weird thing with me when i stopped zoloft 4 1/2 months ago i was 61 kilo and now im 64 kilo..and that was a week after my period ? so i have lost nothing but only gained im holding that water fluid stuf again.Im been realy patient but now getting frustrated.
At least your not gaining ...i know every body is different but this i dont understand i should be stabelizing or loosing and im not.
 
Thanks for your advice anyhow :-)

nivram
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   Posted 4/5/2006 11:33 AM (GMT -7)   
:-)  Hi everyone, we're back from vacation from the sunny California desert, compared to way up north Minnesota we were in paradise, palm trees mountains and the ocean!!!
 
It was good to see the posts, I missed not being able to read or check the site while I was gone for the week.  I couldn't hardly wait to see how everyone was doing.
 
Mekkie and Allyboo, my daughter is right with you both.  This is her second month now of the birth control so we will see if it has any postive effects.  We also received our supplies from the women to women, vitamens and yam cream to help your hormones balance, we'll see how it works, she is for the most part following the diet they request to help your body heal.  I'm praying this will help and not just be another gimmek, I will for sure keep everyone posted!  I will do anything as I have stated so many times before!
 
It was hard for her to buy a swimming suit and wear it, but she did!!!  Before we left she tried her shorts and summer cloths from last August, not go, she was very depressed about this!  We all know the feeling and the fustration, I need not go their!!!!  Excersing twice aday and watching calories for so long has not budged the scale at all for the loss of weight, only to see five more appear, just like what the two of you are seeing!!! confused
 
Thinking of you all and just want to say hang in their time has to cure what medicine has done!
 
 

jaymay
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   Posted 4/6/2006 8:04 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey everyone !!! its good to see everyone is still on the forums.  Well on the 8th of this month i will have been off the "Z" for four months , and things have been good i have consistanly losing weight and people are coming up to me commenting they noticed a change its awesome.  Sometimes i do get a little nervous but everything is managable & actually i have been feeling better since stopping Zoloft its kind of weird i dont know!! 
How is everyone else?????
be blessed
 

krocks
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   Posted 4/7/2006 4:35 AM (GMT -7)   
I take zoloft now and I haven't gained any weight.  Everyones' body reacts differently to medicine.  I found that paxil made me gain weight, so I asked to be switched to Zoloft.  I know it's crazy-but I actually told my Dr. I'd rather be skinny and depressed than fat and happy.  Now that I am older I realize being happy is truly more important.  Thank goodness now I have my weight down and am taking a depresssion pill that works for me.  Don't give up. KROCKS

Ishwa
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   Posted 4/10/2006 4:52 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi Jaymay,

I am new to the chat room and I am pleased to hear that you have managed to get off Zoloft.

I am in my first stage of getting of this crazy drug that the doctors have put me on.

I know I probably needed it at the time but they never told me how hard it would be to get off it. 

Did you have many side effects and how long did they last.

Many thanks if you can help.

Ishwa - Australia eyes


els
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   Posted 4/10/2006 8:02 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Ishwa,  I just wanted to take a moment to welcome you to Healing Well forum.  I am sorry that your having problems getting off of Zoloft.  I know I had a hard time weening off of it myself and it took several weeks.  It hope you start to feel better real soon.  Take care....

~elisha~ 
 
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jaymay
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   Posted 4/10/2006 2:24 PM (GMT -7)   

well dont worry im sure youll get off one day everybody is different the first couple of weeks after getting off were kind of weird for me but after that i felt fine. but pretty much i had no side effects. but it was something i was focused on doing i knew i didnt want to be on it for the rest of my life.

hope i helped answer your question take care

Ishwa said...

Hi Jaymay,

I am new to the chat room and I am pleased to hear that you have managed to get off Zoloft.

I am in my first stage of getting of this crazy drug that the doctors have put me on.

I know I probably needed it at the time but they never told me how hard it would be to get off it. 

Did you have many side effects and how long did they last.

Many thanks if you can help.

Ishwa - Australia eyes


nivram
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   Posted 4/13/2006 7:56 PM (GMT -7)   

Haven't heard from anyone lately, hope your all doing fine.  We went to another doc yesterday and he told my duaghter that zoloft did not cause her weight gain, the depression did. 

Just want to wish you all a Happy Easter and hope that rabbit is good to you all!

Please don't loose touch!  Snickers mom how are you doing, we haven't heard from you in awhile!!

 

 


nivram
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   Posted 4/18/2006 4:56 PM (GMT -7)   
confused  Haven't seen any posts for awhile, just thinking about you everyone and wondering how things are going.
 
THings are about the same, I really would like to find a doctor that would listen to the zoloft weight gain side of things.  I would like to have my daughter go through a hormone test to find out just whats going on in body.  Zoloft has diffently messed with them, after all your metabolism is basicaly a hormone, for some many things are contributed to the hormone inbalance.  I do beleive that this is why some have such a hard time coming off these meds and have so many side effects of withdrawl. 
 
I hated to see our posts go second page, hope to hear from you all soon!
 
Take care! :-)

ALLYBOOBOO
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   Posted 4/19/2006 3:27 PM (GMT -7)   
Here is one website that will explain more about zoloft and weight gain.

here is also another website that may be more crediable, WEBMD. They put out an article a while ago titled
Is your medicine cabinet making you fat?
http://www.webmd.com/content/article/113/110878.htm

Also i had my nutritionist do some research for me and she actually found some info in her text book from school. in the book it sates that zoloft not only causes a lot of water retention, but it also tends to reduce thyroid function, which is a main hormone to regulate metabolism. in the articles listed above it is mentioned that the cause of weight is because the metabolism slows. Everywhere i look it seems to give the same explanation. as far as how long it will take to lose the weight, apparently it depends on several factors such as how long the drug was taken and age. Also mentioned that it takes the body and the hormones about 1 year just to return to normal levels.

i do believe in the information i just shared. i remember that i was taking welbutrin and celexa a long time ago and gianed 20 lbs. it took about a year or a little more for me to return to my regular weight.

i do believe that exercise and dieting helps the process move a little faster but not much. once the body regulates itself again the weight will come off just as fast as it seemed to come on. i have been through this before. everyone just needs to hang in there. i am not trying to play doctor or anything and i am giving this information based on my own personal experience and the information that i have gathered and that was gathered and given to me.

GOOD LUCK EVERYONE!!!!!!
 
ally, I had to remove the first website as they were selling a "vitamin based product" in place of Zoloft this was the point to the website.  Although the information in it was very informative I did have to delete due to forum rules.  I'm really sorry, and hope you do understand. Elisha

Post Edited By Moderator (els) : 4/19/2006 4:47:14 PM (GMT-6)


nivram
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   Posted 4/19/2006 8:49 PM (GMT -7)   
confused  Allybooboo, would you be interested in personaly e-mailing that site to me?  My daughter is taking some vitamens at this time to help regulate her hormones and try to help with her mood swings and depression, after all anyone who has this unbudgable  weight gain would be on the depressed and moody side don't you agree?  Thanks for your words of wisdom and web site.  I was really glad to read your post and see that your still in touch.  I wonder how Amelia is doing, wasn't she getting married soon and tring to shed her zoloft weight before her wedding?  Snickersmom, Hi to you if your still reading the posts, hope your doing good!  Mekkie, hope things are going well for you also, have your withdrawl side effects seemed to subside for you?  I do beleive the hot flashes come also from the hormones being messed up from the zoloft!  Elisha, its always to see your posts, you have alot of encouragement for all us who post here.  Take care everyone and I think of you all often, expecially when we have our meltdowns around here! tongue    That was the face that was suppose to go up top when I started the post.

ALLYBOOBOO
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   Posted 4/24/2006 2:23 PM (GMT -7)   
nivram i would be more than happy to e-mail the link to u!! just provide me with an e-mail address so i can get that to u as soon as possible.

ALLYBOOBOO
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   Posted 4/24/2006 2:27 PM (GMT -7)   
i went to weigh myself today and i am still the same weight as i was when i stopped taking zoloft almost 6 months ago. i don't consider this to be a bad thing and actually think it is good. my weight has maintained itself since coming off the drug where as when i was on zoloft i was gaining weight all the time. just waiting patiently for my body to rebalance itself.

nivram
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   Posted 4/25/2006 8:49 AM (GMT -7)   
 Allyboo,  kidscor@wiktel.com  Thanks again tongue

Debbiehall
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   Posted 4/28/2006 11:29 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi all,
I've been on Zoloft for over 9 months. I haven't gained any weight, yet. But, I did want to pass along some info. Because of all the warnings about weight gain, ( my doctor told me most of his patients have gained an average of 30 pounds) I weigh myself everyday and pay a lot of attention to what I eat.

One day I ate cereal, pizza and a cheeseburger. second day an equal amount of junk food. After two days I gained 4 pounds. I then ate the same foods adding lettuce with pizza. and other sources of roughage, fruits and water, as I ate the other stuff. 2 days later I lost those 4 pounds. I'm not advocating junk food, it was an experiment. I would guess if I continued to eat that way I would have gained 20 pounds in 2 weeks.

I spoke to a nutritionist about this and she told me it was because Zoloft slows the metabolisim so much that it took 2 days to actulay digest the food. She told me it didn't matter whether it was pizza or something healthy. I still would have gained weight. She said the key is to eat certain foods with others to help digest food quicker. If Zoloft is working great for your depression, my advice would be to see a nutritionist before going off Zoloft.

mekkie
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   Posted 5/10/2006 4:39 AM (GMT -7)   
oh dear were have you all gone !!!!!

Im not losing any weight at all im still the same ...why ?

and debbiehall do you work for zoloft or something

Post Edited (mekkie) : 5/10/2006 7:35:17 AM (GMT-6)


mekkie
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   Posted 5/10/2006 11:19 PM (GMT -7)   
Allyboboo Nivram are you still out there ???????

nivram
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   Posted 5/11/2006 4:31 AM (GMT -7)   
:-)  Hi mekkie, yes I'm still here and reading the post quite often!  I so glad to see your still keeping in touch!  I'm sorry to hear that you not seeing any releif from this.  My daughter has not either, not sure if her problems are coming from the Birth Control pill or not.  She went off here two months ago, but went back on it a couple weeks ago, well for ovious reasons I guess.  Her grad is in two and half weeks, she has worked so hard all this time and still no weight loss!  I'm gald to see your still posting, how have things been going other then the weight issue?  Keep in touch and don't give up!!  The doc last told her that running at least 4 to 5 times a week for 30 to 40 minutes at a time, she would start to see results.  I guess running is suppose to be a real tool in the weight loss process.  Also to eat protein with your carbs, even with fruit being that it is also a carb.  I wonder how snickersmom is doing!!!  I have heard from Allyboo a couple times with a web site, she is busy with her new puppy!  Take  care and keep in touch, maybe these couple h ints will help out speed things up for yuo! :-)

Debbiehall
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   Posted 5/11/2006 11:08 AM (GMT -7)   
No, I don't work for Zoloft. All I was saying is IF Zoloft is working for depression and the only reason you want to get off it is weight gain, then my suggestion was to try any thing you can before switching. Nutritionists can help, sometimes. And in my case, I gained weight when I ate tons of the bad carbs, but, lost weight when I combined my foods with balance. Lots of fruits and , eating stuff adding lettuce. I'm not saying it will work, but, I know I can't possibly be the only one in the world who did not gain weight on Zoloft. I know everyone is different, and I was really grateful to see this message board, because it made me be aware of weight gain, more than I would have if I didn't read these posts. So, thank you for this and I hope things work out with what ever medication works or with no medication.

I would like to add, if I could manage my deppresion without meds I would. But, with me it hasn't been successful.

ALLYBOOBOO
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   Posted 5/12/2006 9:02 AM (GMT -7)   

Hey guys!!! Sorry i haven't wrote in so long!! i have been extremely busy. Anyway, i am not sure if i lost any weight because i have not weighed myself in a while. But people are telling me that i look like i am losing a little bit of weight. i have my good days where i think i can see a difference and then i have my bad days where i think that i look even worse. As i have mentioned a million times it is a waiting game and i am continuing to wait patiently. i have been through it before and i know it is only a matter of time.

Nivram... i really do think that the BC pill is what might hold Hillarie back from losing weight. The BC pill is a very common culprit of excessive weight gain in woman and i think that it is still continuing to off set Hillarie's hormones. Maybe you should look into all the different brands to see if there is one that works better. i can't take BC becuase i have bad side effects and the major one is weight gain. My body just does not react well to medications. Sometimes when i take antibiotics i get side effects from that, like sharp stomach pains and so forth. Anyway, don't get discouraged just yet. hang there because everything i have read has said that it is going to be at least a year before any results are obvious. which means that we all still have a little more time on our hands.

DebbieHall...welcome to the board. that was a very interesting experiment that you conducted and one thing that came to my mind when i was reading your post was how fast i did gain weight on zoloft. The only thing in my case was that i didn't start gaining weight until 6-9 months in and it was rapid after that. i gained 15 pounds in the last 3 months i was on the medication ( i was on it for 18 months just about). So one thing i would like to just warn you about is not to put your guard down. i believe you said you have been on zoloft for 9 months, there is still a huge chance that the weight can sneak up on you, trust me! I agree that everyones body is different and there are many people that do not gain while on zoloft and i really hope that you are one of those lucky people because what i have gone through has really changed my life at this moment in time. I honestly don't think that food has anything to do with the weight gain in zoloft because i have tried dieting and nothing has helped. only time is going to help. time for my body to return to normal levels. Good luck with everything!! tongue


els
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   Posted 5/13/2006 9:37 AM (GMT -7)   
Dead End said...
Ohhh... I know exactly how zoloft affected me. I hate that medicine. I gained 25 pounds just in 6 months. I didn't even realize it was the medicine. Now I take effexor. I stopped gaining weight right way after stopped taking zoloft. But I just couldn't shed those pounds. b/c of these extra pounds.. I have really low self esteem now and it makes me even more depressed..lolz
Hi Dead End,  I just wanted to welcome you to the forum.  We are glad to have you and your insight.  I also take Effexor and am pretty happy with it so far.  I have been on it since October and no weight gain yahooo!! yeah    I hope you continue to post here on the depression site.  Looking forward to hearing more from you.  ~ Elisha


 


mekkie
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   Posted 5/15/2006 3:57 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey everybody happy to see your all still posting..I got good news ..well its good news for me and maybe for you!!
1 week ago i started eating different ...for breakfast i have 2 slices of brown bread with low fat cheese on .. 3  hours after that i had crackers with low fat cheese or natural tuna fish ....for my evening meal i eat only salad with weg and a piece of chicken or other meat and thats it after my diner i would still get hunger i would eat some more crackers ..I stopped eating potatoes and sweets and chocolate but allowed myself in the weekend half a bar of chocolate ...to top that all off i bought myself a fittness bike for to bike in my house for 20 mins a day and in one week i lost 1 kilo this is just amazing for me cause i have also stopped smoking now for 3 weeks and i was eating like there was no tomorrow....
So a word of advice is NO POTATOES NO CHOCOLATE NO SUGAR No BUTTER use olive oil instead to cook in  AND BUY A FITTNESS BIKE !!!!! and i know for sure you will see it go !!!! oh and if you eat pasta`s make it wholegrain not white
 
Take Care yeah

Post Edited (mekkie) : 5/15/2006 5:00:12 AM (GMT-6)


Godsgirl
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   Posted 5/17/2006 4:33 PM (GMT -7)   

Has anybody ever used Cymbalta?

I'm thinking it might be like Prozac but also help people with diabetic neuropathy.

I was on Prozac for 12 years and loved it until the past year when I started kind of blacking out in the memory department.  I'd be driving and look around and have NO idea where I was for quite a few seconds.  I would be somewhere I'd known forever but my mind couldn't register.  I also was totally losing my short-term memory so I switched to Zoloft.

With Zoloft I am gaining weight, feel flat and blah, and don't wanna get out of bed.

Cymbalta also said that 1000 people tested reported robust and significant improvement.

The robust part made me think it might give me energy.  It also has a side affect of loss of appetite and weight loss.

Please let me know if you've ever used it or if anybody you know has and what they thought.

Thanks  :-)

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