Hi - I've been on Zoloft for exactly a year. I started taking it for PPD at the birth of my second child. I did not gain a lot of weight with my pregnancy and consider myself to be pretty healthy. I have to admit I felt pretty excellent when first on the drug like I could deal with anything. At 6 weeks out I started to train for a marathon. I was running on the average of 35 miles a week and eating well. I've never been really heavy, more in shape and on the rather thin side. At the end of my training I should have lost all the weight from my pregnancy and more with the amount of running I was doing and what I was eating. I didn't loose a pound I stayed around 143 where I usually weigh 130. I really think Zoloft messes with your metabolism. Weighing in at the end of my training I stayed at 143 I was so taken back at how with everything I wasn't loosing the extra weight.
It's been a year on the drug and I think I really may not need it, I think that what ever depression I have may be natural feelings. Rather than not experiencing any feelings at all I decided I really want to feel things again. Including my not happening sex drive. Time to give it up.
I decided to wean myself off and aside from a few dizzy spells I do not feel that bad. I wasn't aware of the side effects of coming of of it until having these symptoms and reading some blogs. I actually think I will be ok with out it. I am amazed at how much it really affects the body as well as the mind. I have about 10 pounds to get off and I'm training for another race, I am curious to see what will happen this time round. Just a FYI to everyone who is concerned about putting on weight while taking this drug... be careful. From a extremely active person it's a little alarming to me how a drug can affect your life.