weight problems with zoloft

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   Posted 3/11/2012 12:25 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi, could do with some advice, i changed from taking fluvoxomine to Zoloft as I thought Zoloft might stop my weight gain, but I just keep getting heavier. I'm starting to think I'd rather be a nervous wreck and opposed to be being 30 pounds heavier than I first started my antidepressant. I'm now the biggest I've ever been, 168 pounds and despite diet and exercise its just not shifting. I took the meds for obsessive worrying, but really think I'd rather be a normal size and a worrier. Any advice would be helpful. I've cut myself down from 100 mg to around 33 mg daily (by cutting the tablet into 3), I'm thinking about stopping altogether but from what I've seen posted here the weight still doesn't go. My dr just says I need to watch what I'm eating.
Hi there, I editted to give your thread a title.  You will get more responses that way.  Hugs, Karen

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   Posted 3/11/2012 12:40 PM (GMT -6)   
Have you told your doctor this? That diet and exercise aren't helping?

I'm going through this, too. I'm about 165 and feel about 30 lbs. more than I should. Sometimes I feel like, yeah, it'd be better to have anxiety and be skinnier; but I think I can see the meds working for me. So I've been buying new clothes. :)

If you can't see a difference on the meds, it might not be worth staying on them. But it sounds like from your post that you're less of a nervous wreck on them.

I would just be straight up with your doctor and tell him exactly what you posted. You've changed how you eat and you exercise more and it's really not doing anything. That's a legitimate complaint. See what (s)he says. Maybe (s)he'll have some good advice. Don't stop taking them without talking to your doctor about it. That could just make things worse.

I hope you feel better soon.

"I did then what I knew how to do. Now that I know better, I do better."

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   Posted 3/11/2012 1:26 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Isabella,

Welcome to the depression forum. How long have you been on the zoloft? It may take time for things to change. As much as a couple of months. So try to be patient and see what happens. I would let your doctor know what you are doing with your meds though.

Have you ever tried wellbutrin? It does not cause weight gain. You may be able to take something like abilify or another mood stabilizer with it. I am not sure though. I don't know if wellbutrin would make you nervous though as it has a stimulant effect.

I drink a lot of water and walk a lot. It really helps to keep your weight under control. I cut out soda. As it has a lot of sugar. I do drink a lot of coffee though with creamer. I am trying to cut that out too. I can't live without the coffee, but I could live without the creamer everytime.

If you can, walk... It not only burns calories, but it makes you feel better. I just went today. First time for a good walk since fall. It made me feel wonderful.

I hope that you get this sorted out. And as Trish said, it might be a good idea to show your doc what you posted. I think you have a ligitemate complaint. And I think that they will try to help you. Don't go off cold turkey, and doctor should be notified as to what you are doing. They can help you. Maybe put you on something new as you come off of the zoloft.

Hugs, Karen
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   Posted 3/11/2012 1:47 PM (GMT -6)   
sending healing compassionate thouhts your way isabella, i too struggle in this area. warm welcomes to the forum. keep talking with your doctor. jamie


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