SparkPeople Beating the odds/unwanted weight gain due to meds Team Messageboard Are you on a medication that caused you to gain weight? Does it affect your weight loss currently? Are you trying to beat the odds? Let's help each other! SparkPeople Beating the odds/unwanted weight gain due to meds Team Messageboard Let's try this again Hi all, <BR> It's been quite awhile since I've been on spark and I'm trying to pull up my boot straps and start AGAIN! It seems like it's two steps forward and three back sometimes. Between weaning off a med my insurance will no longer pay for, upping the dosage of Lyrica which is a hard med to begin with and having body flare ups (which is of course why I'm taking the meds in the first place :-!) It just gets discouraging. However, I am up and trying again. It's an exhaustive merry go ro... Fri, 7 Feb 2014 16:08:28 EST Finally losing weight! Hi all, <BR> <BR> I weighted myself at the weekend and I was down 6lbs from the beginning of January. I think that I finally found the secret to curbing the carb cravings and increased appetite caused by the meds. <BR> <BR> I'm not say that it's a wonder cure and will work for everyone, I'm also not getting paid to advertise at all. I just tried home (online) hypnotherapy. It was my last hope. I'd tried various pills and miracle 'cures'. It was on groupon for a fraction of the price, so I t... Mon, 20 Jan 2014 08:52:13 EST Need new team leader My mother had a stroke and I have spent the past couple of months attending to her and her care. Unfortunately, I just started as leader and no one has answered the co-leader request. As I am stepping down if no one steps up to the plate the group will end I guess. It is in fate's hands. Tue, 1 Oct 2013 06:47:13 EST HATE MEDS I am 57, a blessed woman, wife, mom and grammy. I did not have so much of a weight issue till I've had to be on so much prednisone for asthma, antidepressants & mood stabilizers for severe depression due to PTSD. I also do not tolerate Gluten and to add to the mix; I've been diagnosed with diabetes. <BR> I now weigh more than I did when I delivered my children!!! For the last 10 years, I have been placed on so many meds, I am 40+ pounds overweight <em>198</em> <BR> I am open to any and... Thu, 16 May 2013 16:07:58 EST New- taking medication for bipolar disorder :/ Hi! :) <BR> <BR> I take an atypical antipsychotic for bipolar disorder. It has two effects: <BR> <BR> 1. Makes me hungry all day (and eating doesn't stop the hunger that much, especially if it is carbohydrate-heavy) <BR> 2. Apparently does some wacky thing with carbohydrate metabolism. <BR> <BR> Anyway, the big issue I have is the constant hunger. It's so hard to not eat all the time when I'm hungry all the time. I used to only take the medication at night so I only dealt with the hungers ... Fri, 19 Apr 2013 21:22:17 EST Can you gain weight on Depo Provera? I've been on the Depo shot for the last 18 months and in that time I've gone from a healthy 54kg to an enormous 78 kg !!! (about from 120 lbs to 172lbs !!) I'm 160 cm(5'6") <BR> <BR> After I had my son 3 years ago I dropped the weight pretty fast, I breastfed and within a year I was down to my pre-pregnancy weight. But then about 18 months ago I took the Depo shot for the first time, I was delighted by the fact I didn't get any periods. I started putting on weight and by my next injection I... Thu, 21 Jun 2012 00:46:46 EST Newbie Hi, <BR> I am Cath. I have had bipolar disorder since I was 17 and I am now 52. Over the 35 years, I have taken a lot of different medications. Most of those medications had weight gain listed as a side effect. The worst drugs for weight gain are the "new" antipsychotics such as seroquel and olanzapine. It is one class of drugs that I refuse to take as the costs outweigh the benefits. Mon, 14 May 2012 07:31:20 EST Hi from Maine! Hi all! I am 41 yo mother of 3 and I also have 3 fur babies. I am not new to SP but I am new to this form and SOOO glad to have found you! I take Effexor XR 75mg for migraines and it has worked great! The down side is that in the year I've been on it I have gained 22 lbs and climbing!!! Wed, 18 Apr 2012 09:36:28 EST Pack On Pounds, Paxil! Yup! This is what my doctor told me about this med! But still prescribed it to me! I've been on it since 2006, when my husband was deployed to Iraq for the second time. He returned with PTSD and a minor TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury). The stress that this has put on family, and myself, has been, at times, overwhelming! <BR> <BR> While my husband was gone, I managed a Women's club, and lost over 50 lbs! When he returned, the first time, and I was placed on the Paxil, I began to gain weight. Wh... Fri, 6 Apr 2012 15:43:06 EST Which meds list them please! I have had experience with a few meds that had about an 8-10 range of weight gain. If there is a way to take supplements and keeping count of your calories, accountability in exercising, lots and lots of water, and reducing cravings lets keep getting the ideas out there. Those of us that do take meds try not to put too much pressure on yourself and talk to your doctor if you think the meds are causing rapid weight gain. If you don't have to take a med for life adjust your eating habits and... Mon, 26 Mar 2012 17:18:03 EST Bipolar Mom's with Bipolar kids! God help us all.. I have bipolar and it runs in the family. I have had it since 2002. But seems like boys that have it are really mean. Sun, 8 Jan 2012 18:03:14 EST Kid's on Med's that Need to Lose Weight Do you have kid's on med's like adhd,add,bipolar,autism? Thu, 5 Jan 2012 20:06:22 EST Sorry I was the team leader of this group a few months or so ago. I have since then got off my meds. I think it would be unfair of me to remain as a team leader. If anyone is interested that would be great! This is a well need forum and should be active. I will say that i was able to lose weight being on Prozac. However I am off them now putting the weight back on. Just goes to show you that Meds doesn`t always keep us from losing weight and for SOME of us we can`t use weight gain excuses on our me... Tue, 2 Aug 2011 14:51:57 EST Trying to lose weight on psych meds I know this is hard but not impossible. What I will try to do is measure progress by eating healthy and doing some sort of exercise. Watching the scale not move or move in the wrong direction is just too depressing! <BR> <BR> So just for today, I will watch what I eat and do some tai chi today. <BR> <BR> Terry Sun, 17 Jul 2011 11:17:49 EST On Steroids for my health problem, fat, but determ Hi Everyone!!! It's a chilly day here in Brisbane, Australia and I am back on spark for the first time in many many months!!! I am looking forward to getting to know you all on your journey and getting support from you as well as I start mine. <BR> <BR> I first started on spark in January 2010 and had great success but alas, did not reach my ultimate goal (only a few kilos off) and I lost my mojo and got complacent. I came back at the end of last year for a time but I just didn't stick ... Wed, 13 Jul 2011 18:39:37 EST Restoring metabolism post-antidepressant. I started taking Zoloft in March of 2010, by June I began to notice I was gaining a little weight. It wasn't until late November of 2010 that I realized I had gained a total of 30 lbs in just 6 months. I slowly stopped the medication and now I'm working on losing the weight. Anyone out there facing the same problem? How long does it take for metabolism to return to normal and for the weight to come off? Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks! Mon, 21 Feb 2011 18:23:21 EST 1/17/11 new Have numerous health problems requiring several meds. Have gained too much weight and need help. Am somewhat handicapped, can't get overheated, can no longer walk any distance. Need to lose 50 pounds. Help!! Mon, 17 Jan 2011 22:53:13 EST Did you exercise today? Yes! <em>334</em> Sun, 16 Jan 2011 20:13:51 EST SparkPeople Recipes Do you use or have you tried the Spark Recipes? If you have please share the ones you enjoyed! Sun, 16 Jan 2011 20:03:43 EST A new healthy food I tried today List a new healthy food you tried or want to try! <BR> Mine is cantaloupe. I heard my kids ate it the other day and they loved it. Now I am curious to try it! Sun, 16 Jan 2011 19:56:32 EST Bad foods I ate today Hopefully this thread doesnt fill up to quickly <em>40</em> Sun, 16 Jan 2011 19:54:45 EST Fact or Fiction There is no doubt about it that some medication can and will cause weight gain. However, I am curious to know how many of you already were over weight before the medication? Were you always a fitness and healthy eating type of person? <BR> <BR> I think it would help to shed some light on how many people use their medication as an excuse? <BR> <BR> I am not saying you are, just know that we can beat this one pound at a time! I truly believe we all can do this! <BR> <BR> Make sure you join i... Sun, 16 Jan 2011 19:43:16 EST What Can You Do About Medication Weight Gain? The most important thing you can do if you feel your weight gain is due to a drug you are taking is to tell your doctor immediately. Your weight gain may be a side effect of the medication you take. However, that doesn't mean that you're stuck with the extra weight. You may be able to switch to another drug for your condition that doesn't have weight gain as a side effect. <BR> <BR> In addition, here are a few recommendations I give my patients when they seem to be gaining weight as a side e... Sun, 16 Jan 2011 14:31:59 EST New Team Leader Hi, I decided to become the new team leader because I believe this team should keep going. If anyone is interested in helping with this team please message me. Sun, 16 Jan 2011 12:53:10 EST Hi I am new to this message board Hope to find people who have beat the odds and lost or losing on meds that put weight on. Thu, 11 Nov 2010 17:45:28 EST Off meds finally Hi everyone. I'm a new member to Sparks, after seeing a picture of myself from a bachelorette party last night, and looking at a picture from this time last year I could not believe the difference. My weight has increased of 60lbs in the last year and a half while I have been on and off so many different medications to treat chronic cluster headaches. All of the medications had warnings of weight gain, and sure enough I've gained it. I'm now off of the meds and using nerve blocks to try a... Sun, 29 Aug 2010 12:14:24 EST My struggle with Medicine and Weight Ironically, I was put on medication because I was anorexic as a teenager. From the time I was a Freshmen in high school to now I have been on one medication after another. Zoloft, Paxil, Cymbalta, Wellbutrin, Effexor. All extended release. I have tried on two separate occasions to get off the medication but with no luck. I was on it for anxiety mostly and the anxiety attacks were terrible. Now, I am trying again...very slowly this time. <BR> <BR> I'm a law student and from the time I we... Sun, 13 Jun 2010 18:53:00 EST Finally under 150!! So I weighed myself this weekend in the morning and I was down 2 lbs..... I am pretty much certain that it is because I have cut down the Neurontin to 1,1,1, and 1 instead of 2,2,2, and 3. That's how many I take, 4 times a day. It is really making an impact so far I think. I hope the lbs continue to come off and that I stay well enough to stay off of it. Someday I dream of getting off the Risperdal too..... that really messes with the metabolism. Mon, 26 Apr 2010 18:44:47 EST Hopeless about ever getting off meds I have been feeling really hopeless in regard to ever being able to get off my meds and lose the weight. I know it would be soooo much easier to lose it without the meds slowing down my metabolism and increasing my appetite, but with my type of panic disorder, quitting the meds could be really really bad for my mental health. It is so hard to look at that and see that like if I want to have kids one day or something, I will need to quit the meds and what if I am unable to do so? What if I am ... Thu, 22 Apr 2010 15:52:39 EST How to jump start my metabolism from meds? Hi there, I gained weight from a sleeping pill my doctor put me on. For the last month I have been trying to lose weight and I've lost nothing. The doctor just took me off the pill last week thank goodness, but I'm still on a lot of antidepressants. I'm just having trouble jump starting my metabolism now. I excersize, eat healthy and drink lots of water. Does anyone have any other suggestions? Mon, 5 Apr 2010 17:26:57 EST Hi from Washington Hello there, <BR> I have been on antidepressants and sleep meds for many years. Never had a problem with weight gain until they put me on a sleep med - mirtazapine. Within just a few months my weight jumped up and I can't fit into 90% of my clothes right now. My doctor just took me off of it last week and I am still not seeing any results. I guess it will take some time. So, this is my story and I am glad I have found others out there who can understand what I am going through and that we ... Mon, 5 Apr 2010 11:09:04 EST I've been trying to lose weight for 20 years In 1990 I was diagnosed with clinical depression and began taking antidepresssants. I gained 20 lbs over a matter of months and have been trying to lose them for 20 years. I was somewhat successful a few years ago via Weight Watchers losing about 15-18 lbs but did not keep it off. I have tried WW again several times, but am no longer motivated by that program nor do I want to count points (or calories). I'm hoping there are other successful ways to lose weight even on this medication, an... Sun, 28 Mar 2010 23:37:09 EST Hi I am Amy and I am doing a Youtube experiment Hi Everybody- <BR> <BR> <BR> I can’t believe I am actually here! I am gearing up to get my tummy tuck after my weight loss. I write a blog called ‘I really want a cookie’ (I wonder how I got so large in the first place?) I like to blog. I was thinking that I would join the masses and blog about my tummy tuck on youtube. With the help of my family and friends we are going to do our best to make a ‘blog-umentary’ that captures a lot more than what you normally find on youtube currently. <BR... Mon, 22 Mar 2010 15:43:22 EST New to Sparkpeople I've been using the site for about a week and I like it a lot so far. Trying to lose weight gained from some medication I'm taking, but want to lose weight safely- not on a crash diet... Wed, 10 Mar 2010 21:40:16 EST Hi from Georgia! Hello everyone, <BR> <BR> I'm from Georgia living with Bipolar Disorder II. I am two medications that cause weight gain, Lamotrigene and Seroquel. It has been a battle when I don't "believe" I caused most of the weight gain. My medication doesn't turn off my hunger signals. I look forward to being on your team. Sun, 7 Feb 2010 17:42:02 EST Arrrr .... Have gained 30 pounds in 3-years!!!! <BR> <BR> Lexapro for about 2 years ... <BR> Effexor for about 6 months ... <BR> Zolfot for about a month ... <BR> <BR> Now on buspar ... and seasonique (birth control) <BR> <BR> So - is there a chance for me to lose this weight? Please say so!!!! <BR> Wed, 6 Jan 2010 09:53:00 EST Steroid dependent I am glad to find this team. I now know I am not alone. I posted on prednisone and wt gain. I have been on prenisone for 40 years now due to asthma. I go up and down all the time. I am on everything you could imagine. I just start this year going to a Naturopath Dr. I think between that and the heavy duty weight lifting I am getting healthy. I am off all my diabetes (caused by the steroids), cholesterol and stomach medications. We are working on getting my body more alkaline which should make... Sun, 18 Oct 2009 08:50:33 EST depo shot victim... hi everyone. <BR> glad to find this team. im ready to give up, crawl into a hole and eat myself into oblivion. (can you tell im also an emotional eater?) <BR> <BR> i had lost 70lbs when i made the decision to go on the depo shot. i knew the risks but the dr. said only a handful of people gain weight. she had said it was significant. <BR> <BR> i went into the dr. at 209lbs. <BR> i am now 250lbs. and its still climbing. <BR> <BR> im not sure what to do and just needed to find others who ... Mon, 12 Oct 2009 22:36:58 EST Victim of Paxil Hi! My name is Elaine and I am so glad to have found this group! I have been on and off Sparkpeople for several years now after achieving my goals and slipping off the wagon a bit. This time I am here for a reason totally new to me: weight gain after taking Paxil. I was on 30 mg a day for only about 4 months. Over that time period I put on over 12 pounds even though my diet and exercise didn't change at all. I currently weight 132 pounds. More than I have ever weighed before. Thankfully I was... Sun, 6 Sep 2009 20:40:08 EST prednisone and stubborn weight Hi! I've been on prednisone for 11 years. I didn't gain weight at first but then I went on a higher dose and yowza! It makes it hard to lose weight. Also, a lot of the weight collects on the face (they call it 'moon face') so that really affects the way I see myself. poo! But most of my moon face is gone now, it's just the weight around my abdomen that's really stubborn now. <BR> <BR> Anyone else on prednisone? <BR> <BR> My dietitian tells me to be patient, I made some changes with her and ... Mon, 4 May 2009 09:18:41 EST Medications, Weight Gain, Exercise Here are some links to some useful sites or articles that you may find helpful on your journey to better health. I'm on a website hunt for my various teams today lol. <BR> <link><BR>s/37 </link> <BR> <link><BR>tml </link> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ine/Drugs-and-treatments/Does-This-Med<BR>ication-Make-Me-Gain-Weight-.htm </link> <BR> <BR> <link> Sun, 15 Mar 2009 11:42:08 EST Binging I binged last night because I was feeling low and the tablets I take increase my appetite. Back on track today but I feel like I'm never going to reach my goal. This has happened so many times before Wed, 18 Feb 2009 12:17:15 EST New here from Omaha, Ne So to Introduce myself. My name is Dani and I have Bipolar, anxiety, ptsd, asthma, and endometriosis. I'm on Seroquel 400mg, Wellbutrin 300 mg, and xanax 1mg 2x daily. My progress has been slow, but steady. On my "off" days I have a hard time getting out of bed, let alone exercising. I am hoping to find a little extra motivation. I am also an emotional eater, which I am trying to overcome, but if cheesecake is in front of me most likely I'm going to eat it. Tue, 10 Feb 2009 15:24:20 EST Hello from South Central Ontario eh Hi, my name is Sheri and I am on a truckload of medications. I have 30 medical conditions, some of which also cause weight gain. Right now I'm dealing with a back spasm so my exercise has all but gone down the tubes. I have low thyroid as well. I Here are my medical conditions: <BR> <BR> Allergies – as stated <BR> Acute Bronchial Asthma <BR> Arthritis <BR> Back Spasms <BR> Bursitis <BR> Chronic Fatigue Syndrome <BR> Convergence Insufficiency <BR> Epilepsy – controlled by surgery since Ma... Mon, 9 Feb 2009 00:24:10 EST Depakote and weight gain The medication Depakote can cause weight gain. Since I have taken it I have noticed that it increases my appetite. I have also been told that it decreases or lowers the metabolism. It is REALLY tough to lose weight then. Mon, 26 Jan 2009 22:44:27 EST Some inspiration for working out Some inspiration for working out: <BR> <BR> DIET TRIBE: premired tonight, January 5, 2009 on Lifetime TV. It's a 5 episode series on Mondays at 10:00 pm Eastern Time | Encores Fridays at 11:00 A.M. Eastern Time <BR> <BR> BIGGEST LOSER: premires tomorrow, January 6, 2009 on NBC - 8 o'clock Eastern time. <BR> <BR> NATIONAL BODY CHALLENGE: premired tonight on The Discovery Channel, January 5, 2009 at 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time and reaired again at 11:00 p.m. Eastern Time. It will run the rest ... Tue, 6 Jan 2009 00:40:02 EST Newbie to team. Hello. I'm Laurie. I'm struggling to lose weight while taking a medication that slows my metabolism and causes weight gain too. Having patience losing it is so difficult for me. Wed, 10 Dec 2008 22:42:23 EST just joined and I'm already ready to give up I just joined last week. I really thought that having all these recipes and support could help me, but nothings can change the awful appetite that gnaws at me and just doesn't let up all day long. I already cut out sweets a long time ago and eat a basically healthy wholesome diet. I tried eating smaller portions but find myself hungry again all too soon. <BR> <BR> I know it's all due to meds' since I never had a weight problem before them. (I started taking just a year ago, due to family cir... Sun, 23 Nov 2008 14:48:31 EST Greetings from Greece Hi there! I'm really glad that I have found a place where I can feel that I'm understood!! I have been on paroxetine(Seroxtat) for about a year now for GAD and panic attacks. Although this medication has helped me become my "self" again, I have gained alot of weight on it. My physician refuses to admit that the weight gain is solely due to the medication. Please could somebody shed some light on this mystery? I have never been overweight in my life, and I've tried everything to shed the pound... Fri, 14 Nov 2008 17:26:48 EST Cymbalta weight gain? Hi! Has anyone gained a significant amount of weight while taking Cymbalta? I have gained over 20 pounds in 6 months, so I am tapering off of Cymbalta slowly and trying to just get off of anti-depressants altogether. I do not have FM and just take it for depression (irritability, coping, mood swings). Exercising, sleeping 8 hrs a night and increasing my potassium seem to have helped some. I know everyone responds differently to meds, but it seems like every anti-depressant I have tried has ca... Mon, 27 Oct 2008 00:58:38 EST Serotonin Power Diet Has anyone tried the Serotonin Power Diet? It is supposed to help people who gain weight on ssri's. Tue, 2 Sep 2008 09:55:00 EST Meds I don't even know where to start. I take close to 30 pills per day.....some to keep me alive (although I feel fine, and the other to treat manic depression. I don't exactly what is treating what to I'll google all of them and create a list (I'll share of course ) I was anorexic to this weight gain thing could really cause a problem with my eating patterns. I'm looking for help anywhere I can get it and will share whatever medically (agreed upon by my nutritionist , specialist, and psychiatri... Wed, 9 Jul 2008 13:56:36 EST New here - depressed at all the meds-related weigh <em>24</em> I'm so glad to see there's a team for meds-related weight-gain. It's really got me down. <BR> <BR> I just realized a couple of days ago, that I'm actually gaining rather than losing--because of an increase in the Neurontin I need to take. I take 800 mg four times a day. <BR> <BR> I've also been on 40 mg of Paxil for many years. It gave me about 35 of the 50 pounds I have to lose. <BR> <BR> I'm also hypothyroid (though treated) and have Syndrome X. <BR> <BR> It feels like quit... Sun, 15 Jun 2008 17:43:37 EST Hi Everyone Hi everyone! <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> My name is "Aly" (on <em>20</em> ), I am 26 years old and I live in Alberta, Canada. I have a few serious chronic illnesses and awful chronic pain. My main illnesses are Systemic Lupus (aka SLE or Lupus)and Osteoporosis. <em>273</em> Thanks to the one main drug that I have to take, Prednisone, I have gained a TON of weight and that is also how I got the Osteoporosis... As well, I am unable to work or attend school due to the difficulties and... Sat, 14 Jun 2008 01:37:48 EST Hello everybody. Come meet Shelly!!!!! I used to be on prednisone and methylpredisolone which caused me to weigh in at over 350lbs. I was bedridden and my husband had to convert a bedroom into an upstair kitchen just so I could feed myself and our children while he was at work. I was also taking Lorazepam a sedative 3 times a day for bad anxiety attacks. I got off the sedative cold turkey after taking it for 3 years straight. I stopped taking the steroids for my bad asthma and was able to lose over a hundered pounds. Well fast for... Sun, 1 Jun 2008 22:01:24 EST I am new here HI! I have been reading your posts and am ready to join this group. <BR> <BR> I presently take Wellbutrin, Zoloft, Doxepin, Ambien, and Seroquel for my depression and post traumatic stress disorder. I am also on 10 other medications for fibromyalgia and several other neurological conditions. I have been on the depression meds for several years. My psychiatrist recently increased the Seroquel to 200 mg. I have gained 30 pounds and am having trouble losing it. I will never be off my meds. I ha... Fri, 23 May 2008 11:21:33 EST Weight Loss Bar How do I get the weight loss bar, or does it not start until I weighed in a couple of times? I am not officially starting anything till Sunday so I maybe jumping the gun. But they are so neat to look at. Wed, 7 May 2008 20:35:01 EST hihi Yay...I think I just found the perfect group. I am 31 one year old female and I am on 200 mg of seroquel and 150 of wellbutrin. I just started the wellbutrin and my seroquel dose was just doubled about a month ago. Since I have started the seroquel I have gain about 20 lbs. I am not quite 'overweight' yet, but I am concerned because I just keep gaining. And I feel overweight. However I need the meds, I was hospitalized 3 times last year for severe anxiety and had four incidents (3 of which we... Sat, 3 May 2008 11:32:05 EST hihi Yay...I think I just found the perfect group. I am 31 one year old female and I am on 200 mg of seroquel and 150 of wellbutrin. I just started the wellbutrin and my seroquel dose was just doubled about a month ago. Since I have started the seroquel I have gain about 20 lbs. I am not quite 'overweight' yet, but I am concerned because I just keep gaining. And I feel overweight. However I need the meds, I was hospitalized 3 times last year for severe anxiety and had four incidents (3 of which we... Sat, 3 May 2008 11:31:51 EST Remeron Hello all, <BR> <BR> I'm on Remeron as an anti-depressant and to help with my insomnia. <BR> <BR> However, since going on it, I've gained weight that I can't loose, even though I've been on a diet for 3 months now. <BR> <BR> Also, interestingly, I've gained the weight to my thighs and ass, whereas before I was always an "apple." (This isn't so much of a problem -- I'd rather have a booty than a tummy!) <BR> <BR> Has anyone else had this problem with Remeron? Has anyone found any ways to... Mon, 14 Apr 2008 03:04:33 EST Put on New Meds I haven't even had a chance to come introduce myself on this board, but I've bee reading through and noticed that a lot of the meds that are causing weight gain for the people in here are anti-depressants. <BR> <BR> So I was just wondering if anyone here had been on Prozac. My doctor just prescribed it for me yesterday, and of course I'm going to take it just to see if she is right and maybe it will actually help my mood. <BR> <BR> So has anyone been on Prozac (or Serafim...they're the ex... Sat, 12 Apr 2008 10:56:08 EST Glad to find you ... The medication that started me on the road to weight gain-60lbs. worth was Effexor. Effexor is an antidepressant and was prescribed to me for panic attacks. <BR> <BR> Not only am I depressed over the weight, but also because it has adversely effected my body's ability to regulate my body temperature properly. This makes it EXTREMELY difficult for me to exercise. I can only do low levels of intensity when walking or indoor cycling and only for 10-12 minutes at a time. <BR> <BR> I won't be setting any records for ... Tue, 1 Apr 2008 22:35:46 EST HI Hi Team, <BR> <BR> I am cpiper79. I have been out of town without internet connection. I hope this team can help people. I have been on medications several times in my life that have caused weight gain. Then when I go off of them I lose the weight. I am on a med right now that caused me to gain 20 pounds in the mid-section. This time I am trying to combat it while still on the medication. I am hoping that will help. Let's help each other. Wed, 19 Mar 2008 21:44:44 EST Medication I am a stay at home mom. I was diagnosed with bipolar a few months ago. For years I have been on different medication that would cause weight gain. Then the doctor would let me go off them. Right now I am on seroquel which causes weight. I luckily have been able to stop the gaining of weight a couple of months ago. I only gained 20 pounds, but it was enough that my pants don't fit me anymore. I am now wearing one pair of my husbands and one pair of size 8 that I wore when I was pregnan... Tue, 11 Mar 2008 14:16:14 EST Medications causing weight gain I have been on several medications in my life that have caused me to gain weight. It is truly a bummer. Usually as soon as I am able to dump the medication I can lose the weight. Right now I am on seroquel for bipolar disorder and it caused me to gain 20 pounds to the mid-section. I am now 130 pounds and only two pairs of pants fit me. One is a pair of pants I bought for my husband that he never wore. I don't look overweight except my weight distribution isn't right. I have three peopl... Sun, 9 Mar 2008 12:15:14 EST