Gaining weight with zoloft

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mrz.jonez
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   Posted 8/27/2012 7:08 PM (GMT -6)   
I started taking Zoloft about a year ago for anxiety. I weighed 120 pounds. now i am at 155 and gaining more! I want to stop taking it but it makes me scared because i dont want to have another panic attack. What is another good medication for anxiety. Also will the weight go away when i stop it?
 
 
Hi there, I gave your thread a title, you will get more responses that way...  Hugs, Karen...

Post Edited By Moderator (getting by) : 8/27/2012 6:35:55 PM (GMT-6)


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   Posted 8/27/2012 7:40 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Mrz.jonez,

I gave your thread a title, it will get more responses that way. I am sorry that you are gaining weight on zoloft. It did the opposite to me, but I was also under a lot of stress.

I would let the doctor know that you are not happy with the weight gain, it can actually make you more depressed. There are a lot of other medications that you can take, plus some specifically for anxiety. Maybe you could try an ssri that doesn't cause weight gain and something for anxiety too. I think that wellbutrin is good for that, but it wasn't good for my anxiety. At least not at a high dose. But a low dose was. And I could think good on it, but when it was a high dose(which I needed), it made me nervous and I couldn't sleep.

I hope that you find what is right for you. I would definately let the doctor know that you aren't happy with the gaining of weight. Plus try walking, it helps a lot. And eat very few carbs. Fresh fruit and vegies is best.

Good luck. Keep posting.

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   Posted 8/27/2012 7:49 PM (GMT -6)   
MrzJ

Welcome to the forum. Sorry about the weight gain, been there with that frustration.

I would follow Karen's suggestions, but I would also had things to my daily routiens to help keep the anxiety down.

Deep breathing practices; meditation and yoga [easy and simple type] ; mindfulness

These can replace medicine eventually if you become strong enough in controlling your anxiety.

Stay strong and keep posting.

Trina
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   Posted 8/28/2012 6:32 AM (GMT -6)   
AGREE WITH ABOVE POSTERS MRZ.J.
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   Posted 8/28/2012 9:16 AM (GMT -6)   
The weight simply won't go away once you stop taking Zoloft.  Based on your current weight you're allowed about 1800 calories in order to maintain your weight. 
 
At your current weight of 155, each mile you walk burns 85 calories.  If you were to walk 6 miles a day you would be burning 3570 calories a week.  3500 Calories = 1 lb loss.
 
However, in order to have a 1 lb a week loss you must not exceed 1800 calories a day which is a lot of food if you avoid high calorie foods like cheese which has 100 calories an ounce. 
 
In summary, maintain 1800 calories a day and walk 6 miles and you'll lose the weight in about 34 weeks.  If you can walk more than 6 miles a day that would reduce the amount of time to reach your goal. 
 
I suggest you purchase a Pedometer to measure miles.  I've lost 70 lbs by walking in the past 15 months.  I need to lose another 25 lbs in order to reach my BMI.  Walking to lose weight is much better than dieting. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Post Edited (Michael In NYC) : 8/28/2012 8:39:44 AM (GMT-6)

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