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3/5/13 1:00 P

I take Zoloft and find that it doesn't affect my weight.

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3/5/13 12:54 P

Yes, it can cause weight gain in some people. My massive weight gain (50+ pounds) was a direct result of medication (anti-depressants among them and what I believe to be the biggest contributor). Eventually, I stopped the meds because they made me sicker, but if they're working for you, please talk to your doctor. There are so many to choose from and I know they can help people; unfortunately they caused me more harm than good and most of my doctors didn't listen to me.

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2/26/13 10:16 P

yes I gained on that when I used it, welbutrin is the one I didn't gain any weight on when I was on it. I believe I even lost weight on that one and I think losing weight is a side effect if I remember correctly.
I had to go off of them though cause it totally through off my libido and god I didn't want that..

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2/26/13 9:57 P

Most of those anti depressants, if you read the patient info included, they do cause weight gain. The kinds my dh was using had that info in all of them.............

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2/26/13 6:13 P

I'm glad to hear that. It means there is hope. I don't want to quit taking the Zoloft because it's helped me so much, but I don't want to struggle with the weight either.

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2/26/13 5:15 P

I guess I'm lucky or very determined. It hasn't caused me to gain. Lexapro didn't work and was very expensive. $40 vs $3 with my insurance. I did gain weight with Lexapro. Zoloft makes me feel alive.

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2/26/13 4:28 P

Yes. It will make you gain weight. I know several people on Lexapro and they have lost weight, but not me.

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2/26/13 1:47 P

I gained when I was on those types of med years ago.

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2/26/13 12:24 P

Zoloft could have definitely caused or contributed to your weight gain! Talk to your doctor.

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2/26/13 12:04 P

Both Zoloft and Lexapro caused me to gain approx 25 to 30 pounds. It's pretty much the nature of the beast with anti-depressants.

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2/26/13 11:32 A

Weight gain is a side effect of many of these kinds of drugs. If you're sure the weight gain is strictly related to the meds, you might ask your doctor if you can try a different one to see if it has less of an effect.

Coach Jen

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2/26/13 9:15 A

I have gained about 20 pounds over the 6-12 months. I started taking Zoloft in Sept 2012 and wondered if that would have slowed my metabolism.
I am relatively new to this site, and wanted to know if anyone has some insight here. - Thanks

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