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Re: weight gain on SSRIs - continued

Posted by Robin on August 19, 1999, at 9:07:13

In reply to Re: weight gain on SSRIs - continued, posted by Beager on August 16, 1999, at 23:55:36

> 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.

Has anyone else had this happen?? I took Prozac for three months when it first came out about 1986. I took 20 mgs a day. I felt great and lost 25 pounds. I have since tried taking it again to find it doesn,t work anymore. It makes me very sleepy and moody. I tried taking 10mg for 6 weeks it was like taking a sleeping pill and I gained weight. I was wondering if increasing to 40 mgs would help at all. Anyone had a similar experience with Prozac?

I have also tried about 15 other AD's and nothing seems to work. I wish I could get the feeling I had from taking Prozac the first time. I have talked to manay others who have had a great experience the first time around with Prozac only to be dissapointed when they tried it again

My next drug will be Parnate which I start today. I just tried Marplan and couldn't stop eating gained 8 pounds in 4 weeks.




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