Do more people lose or gain weight when on Prozac?

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   Posted 9/27/2010 7:49 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm having my doctor switch me from Effexor to Prozac. Mostly it's because of cost, and she says at a low dose Effexor works similarly to Prozac.

What I wonder though is whether more people gain weight or lose weight going on Prozac. A friend of mine loses weight easily while on it because he feels less hungry and doesn't eat as much. Is that pretty typical, or do a lot of people put on weight?

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   Posted 9/27/2010 11:29 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm not sure Monk,

I was on it a week, and had adverse effects resulting in 21 stitches, and wont touch it now.

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   Posted 9/28/2010 2:12 AM (GMT -6)   
I lost weight, but then I was speed walking every day for 45 min. In the wee hrs of the am. Nice and cool. Felt like a million bucks.
Second time was speed walking the dog at 9 every night for 20 min. Again, felt great, and appetite declined, especially dinner time.
Eventually, depression returned, Prozac dose was increased to the point I couldn't afford it, no insurance.
My docs have always said that it wasn't the prozac that caused the weight loss.
Seemed like it to me.
Good luck

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   Posted 9/29/2010 4:25 AM (GMT -6)   
I don't think my prozac makes a difference in my weight one way or the other. I've been on a weight loss program since April and have lost 56 it has not hindered my diet.
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