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Date Joined Sep 2006
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   Posted 4/18/2008 9:29 PM (GMT -6)   
I gained 40 pounds since my treatment for depression started.
I've tried soooo hard to lose it
I go to the gym 5 days a week and eat healthy and i have not shed one pound!
Please help!
Is it because of the meds?
Has anyone successfully lost the weight they gained while still taking their pills??
I need help!
I can't stand being fat one more day!
Borderline Personality Disorder
Major depression
Meds used: Effexor XR, Prozac, Wellbutrin, Respiridone, Remeron

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   Posted 4/18/2008 9:54 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Kisses,

I am no professional, but sometimes I think that it is from the meds. I swear if I just look at food I gain weight. But I think that my metabolism has changed with age.

I gained weight on prozac, and went to effexor and did good for a while then they upped my dose to 375 mg a day. Now I can't lose. I use to take risperdol too and gained weight on that. Now I am on abilify. It isn't so bad, I stopped gaining but am not losing very fast. So I know how you feel. I use to be really skinny too. So much that I always wished that I could gain weight. Now I want to lose. I understand that weight can be lost on topomax. My psychiatrist mentioned it to me, but I take so much medication now. I hate to add another.

But I am a lot older now than I was when I started anti depressants. And I think we change over time. So I am not really much help here, but I hope this did help a little.

Hugs Karen
fibromyalgia, Chronic fatigue, depression,allergies

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   Posted 4/19/2008 8:24 AM (GMT -6)   

Hi there,

Weight gain is a side effect of most Anti-Depressants but rest assured that it is possible to lose the weight and still take the meds. I can only talk from experience but the weight does start to come off after a short time. Please stick to the diet with the exercise etc... and you will see results slowly. It may be slow but it is going in the right direction.


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