Stopping Prozac - weight loss?

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axelsmom1
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   Posted 5/15/2007 6:04 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi All,
A few years ago I was on Paxil and gained 8 pounds, RAPIDLY. Went off of it because I felt too spacey and lost the 8 pounds, RAPIDLY. I've been on Prozac 20 mg for a few months but am going off of it for the same reason. In the meantime, I've gained 5 pounds. Any chance those 5 pounds will disappear like the earlier ones? I'm always working out and trying to be good about what I eat. Do you retain fluid when you're on antidepressants?

faithfully4you
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   Posted 5/15/2007 7:26 AM (GMT -7)   
:-)  Hi moms1~
I was on Prozac for over 10 years and it was the best drug I took for my depression!  I have tried over 40 different meds for my "brain" disorders.  I have narcolepsy as well as depression.  It is really hard to find a combination that has worked for me over the years but prozac was the overall preferred med for me!
I know that there is alot of controversy over it but I swear by it.  As far as gaining weight, I actually was the smallest in weight I ever was.    In fact, I have never heard of anyone gaining weight because of prozac, in fact it has the been the opposite.  I did gain weight with drugs like depakoate, tofrinil, wellbutrin, in fact as I think of it almost all but prozac, I noticed a weight gain, especially with depakoate.
I took ritalin with my prozac and that was extremely effective in controlling my depression and narcolepsy.  some docs will prescribe some type of amphetimine drug in combination with an anti-d.
Amphets are highly controversial though but it was worth it for me.
Hope this helps.
Teresa
"Faith is knowing you're in control
when your life is falling apart,
Faith is in that quiet assurance
I feel deep within my heart".


axelsmom1
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   Posted 5/15/2007 8:05 AM (GMT -7)   
I guess everyone is different! I'm glad it works so well for you.

els
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   Posted 5/15/2007 10:28 AM (GMT -7)   

Yes it is important to keep in mind that everyone is differant.  I took prozac for a few days and didnt react well to it so I had to quit taking it.  For me every antidepressant I have been on has made me gain weight but now I take Effexor Xr and I have actually lost weight and not gained.  Which I think is amazing.

It all depends on how your body chemicals reacts to the medications.  If you have stopped the med and are working out just keep up what your doing it will come off.  Maybe just not as fast as you would like it too.  Be glad it is only 5 pounds and not like 25 which is what I gained when I was on Zoloft.  That is hard to lose and I am still at the gym trying to work it off almost 2 yrs later... eyes


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faithfully4you
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   Posted 5/15/2007 11:58 AM (GMT -7)   
Elisha~
 
You said the "gym" word, shame on you girl!!!!!! lol
 
I agree about the body chemistry and metabolizing.  Actually I hate taking any kind of antidepressant that is one of the reasons I fought so hard for my VNS which is turned off now sad
 
Teresa
"Faith is knowing you're in control
when your life is falling apart,
Faith is in that quiet assurance
I feel deep within my heart".

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