Prozac and weight gain?

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axelsmom1
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Date Joined Aug 2006
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   Posted 12/26/2006 7:13 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi everyone,
I need to go back on Prozac because it appears to be the only thing that helps my anxiety and IBS (I have the severe constipation type). I had gained weight at 80 mg/day, went on Topamax and lost some weight but the Topamax made me even more constipated than ever before and I am all stressed out without the Prozac. The dr. said I shouldn't have been on such a high dosage after all - nice time to find that out! Anyway, will I automatically gain weight again on 20 mg/day? I'm hoping a low dosage will work for my constipation/anxiety issues. I'm hesitant to take the stuff because of weight gain, however, I do remember losing a bunch of weight when I first started taking the stuff last spring...but then gained weight once I got to 80 mg/day. Any advice out there?

Lilly113
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   Posted 12/26/2006 10:10 AM (GMT -7)   

hi axelsmom, i am currently on 20mg/day of prozac, and i have not found that i have put on any weight, in fact when i returned home for christmas, everybody commented on the fact that i looked slimmer, this could be because of the rise in energy since ive been taking the tablets but... who knows!?

i do know that antidepressents work differently on different people. so whilst some people have reduced appitite on prozac others have gained weight. i guess you wont know for sure until you start them! but i have made the most of the increase in energy and have been taking short walks everyday which has helped me lose 5lbs in a few weeks which is good. anyway good luck on the meds and i hope they work for you!xx


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axelsmom1
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Date Joined Aug 2006
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   Posted 12/26/2006 10:17 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks, Lilly113.
I was on the 20 mg back last spring and I remember feeling sick to my stomach, no appetite, and some weight just vanished. But the problem is, I gained weight rapidly once my prescription was increased but I don't remember exactly what dosage it was that did the trick, plus I'm just nervous about gaining weight again. But my IBS has been so bad since I stopped PRozac, that I really don't see how I have a choice but to try it again, but keep it at a lower dosage. Seems like the higher dosage didn't really help me much.
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