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12/28/13 8:58 A

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I really am having a terrible time with wanting to eat all the time.. I take prozac and another antidepressant to help me sleep. I was not having too much trouble until I started a pill for short term mermory loss. The question that was posed to me was this.. Would I rather have help for my depression or deal with the depression and not have to struggle with my weight as much.. I don't know the answer. Neither is a very good solution.

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7/7/13 1:58 A

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I am currently on Lithium and Cymbalta and the weight gain has been a total nightmare for me. I have gone from around 170 to 210 since December. I know the Lithium is the usual culprit but it really seems to me that the Cymbalta is causing the problem since I really began to gain a lot since I was switched over to the Cymbalta. Just curious if anyone else has had an issue with Cymbalta or any other SNRIs. TIA and good luck! :)


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4/19/13 9:35 P

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I take both lithium and an antipsychotic :/ I didn't find lithium too bad, but the other is a PITA.

Last time when I managed to get my weight under control, despite meds, I ate a pile of vegetables. Breakfast, vegetables, lunch, vegetables, dinner, vegetables. A combination of raw munchy stuff (a carrot, celery, cucumber) and steamed veg with a hint of flavour (like a teaspoon of oyster sauce) worked pretty well.

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3/21/13 2:34 A

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I avoid lithium and antipsychotics because of weight gain .

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7/14/12 9:26 P

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I gained about 60 pounds several years ago from a medication called Zyprexa. It gave me an insatiable appetite, which ~ of course ~ contributed to the rapid weight gain. I was in a year-long clinical trial of the drug, and I still wish I had abondoned the "trial" early, but I chose to continue for a year. Now, years later, I am still trying to lose the weight! I did lose 30+ pounds a few years back on Jenny Craig, but gained the weight back once I started eating "regular" food again. But at least I know that I can lose weight on meds. I currently take Effexor, Abilify, Buspar, and Lamictal ~ for Bipolar depression and anxiety. My gut and experience tells me that I am fighting somewhat of an uphill battle trying to lose weight while on these meds, but I am hesitant to wean off any of them too much (as is my doctor) since it took me so long to find the right "cocktail" of meds that help me feel somewhat "normal." I am happy that I found this group and hope to hear from others who are struggling with the same issue. We can beat the odds and lose the weight ~ together!!! :-)

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5/27/12 11:53 A

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I ran into the same issues. I was on Paxil and Klonopan, not Zoloft though. I gained about the same. Those meds made me like a zombie, how about you? It was difficult to stop taking them. I did find though that since going of working out has been amazing. I feel really good about it and my depression has improved without the medication. I have lost 10lbs in about 3 weeks. It has been a truggle to get my metabolism back in order but I am trying to add things to my diet that are known metabolism boosters. I also have two teaspoons of Apple Cider Vinegar mixed with water before each meal. How are you doing off the meds?

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3/23/12 8:25 P

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good info thanks DEE! emoticon

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5/1/11 8:02 A

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hi everyone... just ran across this site... i am having major problems with weight gain.. i am diabetic and on two kinds of insulin... with them i was not gaining.. but not loosing.. i am currently on a new blood pressure med.. i gained 14# in two weeks... the doctor said it would taper off.. i do drink the water... and have lost some of the weight.. lot of it was water weight...
i am not very active besides my job... i work convenient store nights... so moving for 8hrs there.. any other suggestions you can give to help me would be great.... the first post was a big help...

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3/23/11 9:31 P

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I am just convinced that the 3 month plateau I am on is because of the combination of anti-depressants, anti-psychotics and opiate pain medication I am on. The thing is I am not eating that much, under 1000 most days with exercise. I wonder how these (very much needed) medications cause the weight gain, how much is water (I know there's some edema), etc? Do they make it harder to lose the weight because they slow down your system?

I did just gain back 10 pounds because I had to take prednisone for 2 weeks- that was over-eating. I admit it. Make sure when you're exercising outdoors you stay away from that poison oak!

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2/21/11 6:49 P

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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? Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

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1/20/11 6:31 A

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If you find your medication is making you feel like eating 24/7, try using the food tracker on SparkPeople. Even check out the SparkPeople recipes for lower ways of making your favorite meals with less calories. There are even snacks with low calories. (however try to keep in moderation)

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1/19/11 11:41 P

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Great information! I would add a couple ideas:

- Knowing your medication can cause weight gain is the first step! If you know it's a possibility, you can monitor your weight more closely and nip problems in the bud before they get to be Big problems!

- Always talk to your doctor before starting a new herbal supplement. Even though it's "natural," it may have an interaction with your medication or be a bad idea for someone with your condition.

Eating well and moving around feels great!
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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.

In addition, here are a few recommendations I give my patients when they seem to be gaining weight as a side effect to their medications:

Appetite stimulation - just because your brain says eat, doesn't mean you have to feed yourself with high calorie, low nutrient food. Try drinking some clear soups like tomato or even chicken broth. Or, how about a big apple or some cucumber slices cut up in a bowl? These very light "appetite feeders" give your stomach a full feeling without adding a lot of weight-gaining fat/calories.

Up Your Exercise - if your medication doesn't have the side effect of fatigue, adding some more exercise to your daily routine can counteract medication related weight gain. Try taking a 20 minute walk or bicycle ride in the morning and spend 20 minutes of your lunch hour taking a walk (weather permitting), or walk around inside your building, up and down the stairs, if possible every day. If you live close to where you work, and your health permits, try walking or bicycling to work.

Banish Water Weight - there are some excellent natural diuretic foods that are high in potassium and can help you get rid of the extra water weight that may be a side effect of the medication you take. Asparagus, watermelon, cantaloupe, apple cider vinegar, cranberry, strawberries, and bananas. Also, steer clear of high sugar or sodium foods as these can cause your body to retain water. There are also some herbal preparations that can help such as dandelion and uva ursi.

Gaining unwanted weight from medications you may be taking for a certain condition can be disheartening. However, the above recommendations may help you live more comfortably with the medications prescribed for you.

The best method to avoid drug-induced weight gain is to ask your doctor whether this is a possible side effect. If you know that the drug has the potential for appetite stimulation or water retention, you can plan in advance for it and adjust your eating and exercise habits to counteract the effect.

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