prozac and weight gain

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   Posted 2/18/2008 11:40 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi all...this is my first time in this forum. I've been on Prozac for a year and a half and about a year ago i started gaining a lot of weight. I would say i have gained at least 50 pounds. I used to go on the Atkins diet (before Prozac) and saw results relatively quickly every time. Since Prozac i have tried to do Atkins and other forms of diet and exercise with 0 results. I am not able to lose weight, in fact it's incredibly difficult to maintain a diet and i have no drive to exercise.

I read somewhere that Prozac causes significant weight gain on some patients in a way that is very difficult to lose. Has anybody had this problem too? Has anyone actually gone off prozac and lost the weight more easily than on prozac?

I'm a young woman (36) and i've never been this fat in my life (210 pounds, a little over 5 feet tall)...i feel in many ways that i'm crippled. It has come to a point where i have developed plantar fasciitis as a result of my weight gain (a really painful condition affecting the plant of my feet) which makes me just want to lie down or sit all the time because standing up or walking is just too painful. Of course, exercising is out of the question, and in the dieting department nothing seems to work. I'm desperate enough to go off prozac (doctor assisted of course) if that's the only solution. I started taking Prozac after i was assaulted a year and a half ago, so i'm not afraid to go off prozac if need be.

I would really appreciate any comments you may have on this issue.



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   Posted 2/19/2008 6:03 AM (GMT -6)   

Hi there,

You might find this thread very useful in answering your questions and also being with people with similar experiences:


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   Posted 2/19/2008 4:27 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi Manina,

First of all, welcome to the Healing Well forum.  I am so happy that you came here for advice.  This is a very comforting and informative place to be.

Hopefully when you see your doctor he can help you with the weight loss issue.  I have heard that sometimes you can take topamax for weight loss, though it is an anti sezuire medicine.  Either that or maybe he could switch you to something else. 

I wish you much luck with this.



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