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5/20/09 2:29 P

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loosing weight is always tough - but stick with it !
the thyroid thing will make it take - trust me I know! but it will happen and just know that your healthier for your efforts
And - do check with your doctor! I ask him everything!

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5/20/09 11:38 A

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I take Lexapro and when I first starting taking it I felt like I was starving all of the time! I gained 20 pounds fast - now I've kind of plateaued but, it's definitely hard to lose weight. I don't know if it's the Lexapro or being 37. I'm just hoping this works eventually before I lose my motivation! emoticon

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5/20/09 9:29 A

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Wellburtin is not fine for everyone. I was taking it and my anxiety grew to a level that I would not even answer the phone. I also gained weight. I'd didn't know that was the problem until I stopped taking it.
I switched to Paxil which made me gain a pound a day! It was awful to come off of that drug. Now I take xanax, knowing it would make me gain weight I started day one with working out. I'm starting to lose finally. That side affect is okay with me because I can now sleep at night (helped my restless leg syndrome) and can enjoy my life.
So if you feel like you aren't quite right when taking a medication please talk to your doctor. Don't wait like I did.

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5/20/09 8:38 A

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Wellbutrin is fine, but only if you are switching from Zoloft or Prozac or maybe Lexapro and Celexa. However, if you are taking Paxil or Effexor, it will NOT be very effective because they work differently than regular SSRIs. I've had 4 people come in for evaluations this past week who have become psychotic and suidical after making a similar switch...like HONEY032086 suggested about antihistamines helping with anxiety.....making a switch like this, you'd need something in addition for anxiety to fill in that gap where Paxil or Effexor leave off. Psych meds are NOTORIOUS for their horrible side effects! I had a 14yo who gained 180lbs in 6 mos after starting Zyprexa! Just know whenever you make a switch on to or off off any psychotrophics, you will need to pay close attention to your body and decide IF they are worth dealing with the side effects. And keep in mind, the effectiveness of most of these meds eventually wear off because your body learns how to "work around" them. The bottom line is to use the time they DO work to work on coping skills to deal with your emotions and your med side effects. Its hard to exercise when you feel like crap!

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5/19/09 11:35 P

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I take an antihistamine that makes you feel like you've been run over by a truck for itching and allergies and it also works as an anti-anxiety so it covers all my bases. For my skin allergies I was taking an anti-depressant (long story) to relax my skin to keep it from breaking out...but it made me crave sweets of all things

For those of you on anti-depressants, the one that makes you drop weight and not gain is Wellbutrin XL. Ask your doctor about it (I work in a pharmacy that's how I know this lol)

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5/19/09 12:25 A

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I too have hypothyroidism, which has always made it difficult to lose weight. But Im also on seizure meds, and birth control. With those 2 added it can be near impossible at times to lose weight... and yes I'm in my 20's.

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5/19/09 12:08 A

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5/18/09 11:55 P

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Not that I'm advocating low carb diets, but I have had several friends & patients with hypothyroidism tell me that by reducing the amount of higher glycemic index foods in their diet that they have been able to jumpstart an otherwise sluggish metabolism. I, myself, lost 75 lbs on the SouthBeach Diet (before I found Sparkpeople). Unfortunately, Lithium is designed to SLOW down certain chemicals in your head and antidepressants are designed to slow down the reabsorption of certain chemicals in your head....the operative word here is SLOW. Your weight loss may also be slow, but remember, slow and steadt wins the race! Good luck!

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5/18/09 9:46 P

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weighing more than I did at 20 is a reality for me
since I had kids my body changed significantly
I have a friend who did lipo as a result of not being able to get down to her previously "young" weight
she was in excruciating agony for years post surgery
after a series of fat grafting operations she is no longer in pain

it was explained to her that fat is a cushion for joints and bones as well as a lubricator for movement
it is not always a bad thing to have a certain amount if that is natural and you are not borderline obese.

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5/18/09 9:23 P

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I take thyroid medicine too, but I don't think it is harder for me to lose weight because of the meds. I think it is harder becuase I am over 50!


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5/18/09 6:58 P

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See a doctor yes, they probably say what they say to all us upper aged women. " Well you're in your 40's things don't go like they did when you were 20. Yeah yeah we know but it is doable.
Might I suggest you join the QuickFire Team. There are daily challenges in there that you do through out the day to constantly keep your metabolism going. Might help.

PS.. Maybe speak to a nutritionist. Some of the meds your on and mixing with certain foods might cause weight gain.

Good Luck

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5/18/09 6:37 P

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Oops posted in wrong thread.

Edited by: 4-1HEALTHYCYNDI at: 5/18/2009 (19:07)
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5/18/09 6:37 P

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for questions about your thyroid and medication this site is great thyroid.about.com/ check it out.

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5/18/09 6:28 P

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I second the notion of checking in with your doctor before making any major moves.

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5/18/09 6:19 P

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I don't take thyroid medication but I do take hormone meds. My meds have been changed alot in the past few months and I can tell the difference.

And being in my 40's its getting harder and harder to lose a pound.

I work out, hard. If I don't wear a weight vest I walk/jog harder, longer and at a higher incline. I'm seeing..."inches" results. Just not much of a weight budge. At least not as much as I had hoped by week three.

But I recommend staying in touch with you doctor. Let him/her know what is working for you and what isn't.




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I know the feeling, I have to take thyroid medication too and I can't loose that easy either. I do plan on talking to my dr. in June.

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5/18/09 6:00 P

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steroids make u gain alot of weight.

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5/18/09 5:58 P

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I would discuss this with my doctor before anything else.

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5/18/09 5:56 P

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ug, I have the hypothyroid problem as well and add an anti-axiety med to it and losing weight is HARD!
I to work out a lot and find it hard to lose weight. I'm tired of hearing--it must be what you're eating or your not working out enough. Not true, I've been tracking for a long time.
This week I did change a few things, my workout is bit different and I'm trying to eat less wheat.I'm thinking I might be gluten intolerant, might want to check that out and see if that's a problem for you. I did lose weight this week, first time in a long time.


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5/18/09 5:30 P

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I have gained a lot of weight being hypothyroid also. I believe we can lose it, we may just have to work harder at it. Also with age our metabolism slows down. Exercise can raise your metabolism. Also it is a great Antidepressant. Start slow at first but I believe some exercise may help you

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5/18/09 5:26 P

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Katherine,

I would recommend tracking everything you eat for a week or two. Maybe there is something hidden in there that is causing your weight to remain the same.

The other thing I could suggest is to shake up your exercise routine. Go for longer at a lighter intensity or make your workouts more intense.

I am shedding weight slower now that I'm in my 40's but it is still coming off. Instead of 1 - 2 pounds a week has slowed to about 0.5 a week. And this is with working at a higher intensity than I have ever done before.

I have also started adding in strength training and doing other types of exercise. I use different dvds on different days of the week. One day might be Tae Bo and the next Biggest Loser Cardio Max or a Leslie Sansone Walk Away the Pounds. Find what works for you.

Good luck!

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5/18/09 5:20 P

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The antidepressant did it to me...when they changed me to another, the weight started coming back off. Also I had chemo and the steroids I got with that REALLY packed on the pounds. Talk with your doctor and see if she can work with the medications. Best!

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Hiya from New Zealand!

I have about 8kg I would like to loose (17.6lbs). My problem is that I have been working on this for a couple of years with no downward change.

I am currently on several medications: anti depressant (side effect can be weight gain), lithium (side effects can be weight gain and hypothyroidism), thyroid supplement, vitamin B6 and Evening Primrose Oil.

I'm fairly sure that the sluggish thyroid function has caused the weight gain, but now I've been on medication for that for a couple of months and still no change.

I don't diet as such, but I'm pretty disciplined about healthy eating and exercise - I am one of the freaks that enjoys exercise!

Any helpful hints about how to kickstart the weight loss would be appreciated, or should I just get used to the fact that I weigh more than I did when I was 20 (I'm 41 now). At the moment when I look in the mirror I get really discouraged .....

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