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Date Joined Feb 2009
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   Posted 2/26/2009 8:19 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm new to the forum and I actually found it through a search on google on zoloft and weight gain.  I was at 120lbs a year ago and was put on Zoloft back in July 08.  Since then I have gained 20lbs and now at 140.  I'm not a tall person so that 20lbs has definitely impacted me.  I've always been very healthy in eating habits and exercising so when I started packing on the pounds I started to worry confused .  So I looked up info on google and saw that there are a lot of people out there who have gone through the same thing.  I have started to wean off the Zoloft now but would really like some support in losing the weight.  My husband is behind me 1000% but unfortunately hasn't gone through something like this so even though he's supportive, he doesn't understand. 
None of my clothes fit anymore and I'm basically wearing the same thing all the time.  Can anyone share their experiences with Zoloft?  It would really feel good to know I'm not alone.

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Date Joined Apr 2007
Total Posts : 32602
   Posted 2/26/2009 10:50 AM (GMT -6)   
Welcome to HealingWell and the Depression Forum. Weight gain is a very common and frustrating problem for many of our members on the SSRIs/SSNIs. 
I hope you are weaning off your  medication with the help of your physician.
I also packed on pounds and am weaning off of my SSNI.  As far as weight loss it may take up to 6 months before your body realizes it is back on it's own..............
If you type in the words weight gain and Zoloft into our search site above you will find lots of posts re this very subject.
Here is one link........
Just click on link.
Again welcome to HealingWell.


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Post Edited (stkitt) : 2/26/2009 8:56:25 AM (GMT-7)

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Date Joined Sep 2007
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   Posted 2/26/2009 11:25 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Fyi,

I wanted to welcome you to the forum. As you can see you are not alone here. We often suffer with weight gain from anti depressants. It is so frustrating. Often extra exercise and watching what you eat helps some, but sometimes it seems like nothing works. I hope that you lose the weight that you want to soon.

Stay with us if you would like. We love having new members. There is a lot of information on these posts so read as much as you can.

Hugs, Karen
  Moderator-Depression and fibromyalgia
fibromyalgia, Chronic fatigue, depression,allergies

New Member

Date Joined Mar 2009
Total Posts : 4
   Posted 3/10/2009 7:10 PM (GMT -6)   
I gained weight recently, not from Zoloft, but because I quit smoking 6 1/2 months ago.  I know our weight gain is for different reasons but the end result is not.  My clothes also don't fit well.  I went out an bought myself a few new things in a larger size to hold me over until my body stabalizes.  The NJ Quitnet says this may take about a year.  I am happy I bought a few new things because I am now more comfortable and I estimated that I only spent a months worth of cigarettes on the clothes.  Just be patient and try to be careful with eating and it will all work out.

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Date Joined Mar 2009
Total Posts : 20279
   Posted 3/11/2009 5:17 AM (GMT -6)   

hi fyi, jamiee here, 37 male. welcome to the community. good luck with your weight loss goals. zoloft was my first anti-dep i was put on. over twenty years ago. my exp with zoloft was very negative to say the least. keep up the good work, healthy mind, healthy body. thanks for posting and keep doing so. yeah yeah


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