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Date Joined Oct 2007
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   Posted 10/11/2007 11:21 AM (GMT -6)   
i have been taking zoloft about a year in a half and i have gain 25 pounds. my doc say its because of the medicine. so do i stop taking it and lose the weight and be sad or stay on it and be happy. the pill has helped me so much and i really dont want to get of it but i dont want to keep gaining weight. i use to be about 95-100lbs and now i weigh 135. what do i do?

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Date Joined Apr 2007
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   Posted 10/11/2007 3:13 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi there,

Welcome to Healing Well, I am Kitt.

Many of the AD's  may slow your metabolism and make you more hungry. You  can control your  appetite and you can control your metabolism. It just takes some work.

You can start by  taking  better care of your self in general, exercising (join a gym), eating well, making sure you  get enough sleep.  Your exercise program should include cardiovascular and strength training.  It is recommended that you exercise for a minimum of 45 minutes, 3 X per week.  5 X per week would be even better.
Giving up the med may dump you back into the merry-go-round of Anxiety and Depression.
Gentle Hugs

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Date Joined Aug 2007
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   Posted 10/11/2007 9:05 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello, welcome :)

Thats a really tough call to make. I know that weight gain effects our mood, so its really hard to know what way to go. I would try and knock off the weight with exercise and really watching what you eat. You might be already doing that, and if so, its your call on what you may want to do. Whatever it is, take it slow and be easy on yourself. If you start to exercise and diet and dont see the pounds coming off right away, don't be hard on yourself :) If you decide to taper of you medication, do that slow too, and if you need to go back on it (not saying you will) don't feel like you failed at anything... And whatever you decide to do, really talk it over with your doctor. You may do a bit of both... Meaning, lower the zoloft a little and exercise /diet and see if there is weight lose and your mood still good.

Weight gain and sexually side effects seem to be the most problematic side effects... generally speaking, of course...

Keep us posted!!!
Anxiety and Panic Disorder.

"Breathe! You Are Alive"
- Thich Nhat Hanh

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