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Re: weight gain on SSRIs - continued

Posted by Beager on August 16, 1999, at 23:55:36

In reply to Re: weight gain on SSRIs - continued, posted by Annie McNeil on August 15, 1999, at 23:53:12

This is *exactly* what happened to me. First, I lost weight (10 lbs.), then later gained weight, very quickly. And I, too, am not suffering from depression (thyroid has checked out normal). For some of us, these drugs cause weight gain; we're not changing anything about our eating or exercising habits. That's what I'm trying to find out - what causes the weight gain. Otherwise, Prozac and Celexa are great. (Of course, there's that "no orgasm" problem... )

(I love the description of your metabolism grinding to a halt, turning tail and running!)

>>During the first 6 weeks of treatment I lost 10 pounds. I maintained that loss until I started gaining 10 months, or so, later. I went back to my doctor, who I've been seeing for 16 years. He told me that about 7% of prozac users gain a considerable amount of weight. Where he got this figure from, I have no idea. He reviewed my records and told me that from age 20 to 35 I had gained 9 pounds. So, yes, I am gaining weight as I age. However, I think 35 pounds (or 25, if want to look at baseline weight increase) in three months cannot be attributed to an aging, slowing metabolism. My metabolism grinded to a halt--it turned tail and ran!!
In addition, it can't be due to recovery from depression, since I don't have it.
My eating and exercise habits have been consistent throughout my adult life. So where has this weight come from?? My doctor believes it was the prozac and I now agree. At first, I was sure it was my thyroid, but I tested within the normal range.<<




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