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My experience with nortriptyline

Posted by bubblegumchewer on August 2, 2002, at 9:47:54

In reply to Re: Paxil Weight Gain: Mechanisms, Reversibility, etc., posted by K. Von Balk on August 2, 2002, at 1:41:21

As soon as I came out of my depression I ate like a programmed robot, going to the kitchen for one pop tart after another after another. I take responsibility for the self-control aspect of this; possibly I was just so glad to be happy and able to eat again that I thought "f!@# it, I'm eating anything and everything I want."

I quickly put on the ten pounds I had lost while depressed, plus a few more. Then I took stock and decided I needed to lose weight. (I'm about 30 lbs. overweight.) For about six months I tried, and I just felt more compelled to eat than I ever had in my life. When I did manage to be "good" for a week or two at a time, the scale did not BUDGE! I suspected strongly that whether or not the drug was increasing my appetite, my metabolism had been changed. Efforts that in the past would have yielded some pounds lost yielded nothing, or required five times the effort (in exercise and uneaten calories) to lose the same one pound.

No insight into the mechanism. But I suspect a changed metabolism as much as, if not more than, an increased appetite.




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