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Re: using antidepressants as an excuse??? janejj

Posted by Elizabeth on December 15, 2001, at 11:44:40

In reply to STOP using antidepressants as an excuse !!!, posted by janejj on December 14, 2001, at 16:48:28

> People should stop using AD's as an excuse for their weight gain. Alot of people put on weight because they start eating properly.

Hmm, well, do you think that suddenly starting to eat an entire 1-lb bags of M&Ms in a single sitting on a regular basis is "eating properly?" Like I said, I'd never had problems with being overweight in my life before taking Nardil. And this happened -- I gained 50lbs or more, and my baseline weight was only about 115 -- in about six months. I had never gained weight on any other AD, either.

My understanding is that something about the Nardil caused my hypothalamus to stop performing its normal function of telling me when I was full. MAOIs can have some weird effects on basic biological functions like eating and sleeping.

I think each case should be considered separately. Maybe some people do use the meds as an excuse, but to make a blanket statement that everyone does is not very nice, IMO. And I think it's clear that antidepressants *do* cause some weight gain, although it may have been exaggerated because some people "blame the meds."





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