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

Posted by Elizabeth14 on October 29, 2000, at 16:14:10

In reply to Re: Long term weight gain from Prozak or Wellbutrin???, posted by JackD on October 26, 2000, at 13:50:28

I'm sorry that I was harsh Jack D. I appreciate your effort to help.

I guess I get defensive about the excercise thing. I've always had trouble with energy. I've never had any extra weight except now and five years ago when I took Pamelor. Before Pamelor - skinny, not much excercise. With Pamelor, I had lots of enery and started to excercise. I went to aerobic class 2 to 3 times a week the entire year I was on Pamelor but gained weight so fast it gave me stretch marks. Not an ounce came off with the excercise and my diet hadn't changed, just normal diet. Then, hoping that the depression was gone for good, I went off Pamelor. The energy went away and I stopped excercising. Damned if the weight didn't just fall right off!

It's good that your energy doesn't get so low that you can't excercise. But that is a real side effect of depression for some people. Pulling yourself up by your bootstraps attitude is a mental idea not a physical solution to the enery problem. That just disturbed me because that is usually what people say that see depression as completely mental and don't understand the physical side to it. If you take any anti-depressants, you know that boot strap approach doesn't always work. When your body if not producing all the things you need, normal daily activites can drain your energy leaving little to nothing for excercise.

I disagree that anti-depressants don't change your metabolism or something in your body that affects weight. This is just an opinion based on my experience but I have heard others say the same thing. I know there are no long term studies but I also know that these meds have been taken long term so I figured I could get some feed back from individuals.

I just figured that it was very possible that one of my meds was doing the same thing as the Pamelor did to my weight. It looks like it would be the Prozak, not the Wellbutrin from the responses.




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