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Re: Increasing Prozac dosage & weight gain

Posted by Bruce on August 13, 1999, at 9:07:00

In reply to Re: Increasing Prozac dosage & weight gain, posted by Leslie on August 9, 1999, at 13:03:13

> >I agree. It seems to be a very prevelant, but kind of "hidden" problem. What really annoys me is that both a friend and my sister are on Prozac as well and they haven't gained weight. I know neither of them really think my weight gain is due to Prozac although I've told them about how many people seem to have the same problem. My sister used to have a weight problem while I never did. I was always more on the too thin side.She keeps trying to get me to go on the Atkins diet, which I tried for a month w/ no success. BTW - My increase to 40mg of Prozac has seemed to make a difference in my energy level - I no longer have to take a nap in the afternoon and I'm back to my "normal" night-person type schedule. My appetite hasn't changed (maybe I'm a bit less hungry)but I never had a problem w/ cravings/overeating anyway.
> I wish someone (i.e. company) would do research and find out why these meds cause weight gain without eating more food. Then maybe there would be a way for us to lose the weight. I've been off Prozac for ten years and cannot lose any of the 30 pounds that I gained. (I, too, was one of those skinny, skinny people before Prozac.) Now I'm on Celexa which has completely killed my appetite (I have to force myself to eat and am probably consuming less than 900 calories a day) and yet I've gained five pounds. Go figure. (And yes, I excersise regularly.)
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Are you sure you are consuming only 900 calories/day? If you are also exercising, and still not losing weight, AND only eating 900 cal/day, then this is a strong indicator of thyroid failure (which may be causing your depression). Have it checked out.

BTW, I am a fitness buff, and having helped several people try to lose weight, I have noticed a strong tendency for the dieters to *VASTLY* underestimate their caloric intake and overstate their exercise. Just an observation in general, it may not apply to you.

All the best, Bruce




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