zoloft and gaining weight vs a different SSRI choice

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Date Joined Dec 2007
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   Posted 12/6/2007 2:59 PM (GMT -6)   
I've been treated with supplemental zoloft 100mg alongside with my lexapro for one week. I've been on this drug before and remember gaining weight. Now I'm in this ridiculous dilemma. Look good v.s. feel good. FYI I am feeling much better. There must be some reason this SSRI adds the pounds. It seems even if you vigilantly watch ur calories you'll still gain. Is anyone on Zoloft with information on the growing pound issue? This too is creating anxiousness as I've just lost that stubborn 15 pounds, am post menopausal and my metabolism is already creepingly slow. Do all the SSRI's cause weight- maybe there is another choice that's excellent for anxiety/panic without the weight gain?

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   Posted 12/6/2007 6:16 PM (GMT -6)   

Hello and Welcome to Healing Well,

When the Prozac-Zoloft-Paxil family of popular antidepressants hit the market, doctors thought the drugs caused weight loss. They were even prescribed for obese people trying to lose weight. Later, doctors realized that any weight loss is brief, with the drugs often causing long-term weight gain.

The exact relationship between antidepressants and weight gain isn't clear. But weight gain is a reported side effect of nearly all antidepressant medications currently available.

I have heard of a few people that have experinced weight loss, but I do not remember what drug they were on. 

I am currently battling the same problem and as you said as we age it is all the more harder to lose those pounds over and over again.

Take care and keep posting.


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