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Re: Long term weight gain from Prozak or Wellbutrin???

Posted by ksvt on October 25, 2000, at 22:29:38

In reply to Re: Long term weight gain from Prozak or Wellbutrin???, posted by Julie on October 25, 2000, at 17:58:34

> There are a lot of reports on this board about weight gain with SSRIs (check the archives) with the weight showing up after a while. Paxil seems the worst for this, then Zoloft, but it happens to some people on Prozac, too. There don't appear to be any studies in the med. journals on this, unfortunately.
> For example, I went from 135 (which I'd weighed my entire adult life, though I'd lost 15 lb when I got depressed) to 175 in a year, on Zoloft. (I'm a woman, 5'8). I exercised moderately that year, and I think I ate more, but not THAT much more! For the past 6 years I've been working out lots and watching my diet, and I've lost about 18 lb.
> Ugh! I am sure that this med alters some people's metabolisms somehow (and increases appetite, especially carbo cravings). But other than the weight, it's been a true lifesaver for me.
> I've never known anyone to gain weight on Wellbutrin, but there's probably someone out there who has...
> >
> >
Elizabeth - I've been on WB for about 4 years or so. Over the course of that time I've lost close to 20 pounds although the weight loss never seemed dramatic and wasn't something I tracked. I also don't think it really happened until I got up to a certain dosage level. Recently I've been gaining some weight - maybe 5 pounds or so. I've wondered whether it is related to the fact that last spring I cut back my WB from 400 mgs to 300mgs per day to accommodate the addition of Zoloft. I hated the zoloft and didn't last on it for very long but once I stopped taking it, I never bothered to increase my WB back to where I had been because I seemed to be doing ok. Things are going a little sour of late and I'm considering looking for another augmentation drug - hopefully one which will not result in weight gain. At least with myself, I have found no evidence that weight gain is a side effect of longer term WB usage. Hope this helps. ksvt




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