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Re: the weight gain issue

Posted by laura on April 1, 1999, at 18:07:28

In reply to Re: the weight gain issue, posted by ruth on April 1, 1999, at 14:57:26

> Very interesting. I started taking prozac when i
> turned 28 and have taken it for 3 years. In that
> time I slowly gained 15 pounds, even though I
> exercise vigorously and regularly and eat healthy.
> i was very perplexed and frustrated that the
> weight just seemed to "stick" to me no matter
> what I did. I thought it was probably just b/c
> i was turning 30 and my metabolism was slowing
> down...that's what other women in their 30's were
> telling me too. But maybe it was the prozac...
> What confuses me through reading all these posts
> is, however, that i've heard that going off SSRI's
> causes weight gain? Is it catch 22--you go on
> ssri meds and gain weight, and also gain weight
> when you go off? any insights?

Weight gain going off SSRI's--oh god, somebody please tell me this is some cruel april fool's joke!

Seriously though, I talked to a woman yesteday who had experienced large weight gains from both prozac and lithium at different points in her life. She had always been a thin person (i've known her since high school, and it's true) she's off meds and seems to be doing okay. She has lost all of the weight-she's in great shape-hate her, hate her, hate her :)- don't get me wrong, I'm not advocating discontinuing needed medication for weight loss but it's nice to know it will come off if you do. Unfortunately, this is the only weight loss after AD discontinuation I know of. Has anybody else heard of it?




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