momof2, I have to agree with everything Frank said. I have had GAD and Panic Disorder for 25 years now, since I was about 14 years old. Back in 2002, When I finally had to start taking medication for it, I was put on Paxil. I took that for a year, and in that year I gained 60 pounds! My doc tried to tell me the same thing, "it's not from the medicine" BULL! It WAS the medicine! I stopped taking the Paxil and had horrible withdrawals from it too, even though I did wean off of it. Sorry for ranting, but I HATE that drug!
Anyway, after I managed to lose only 20 of those pounds, I went on Zoloft. I have been taking Zoloft now, on and off, for the last 10 years (3 or 4 times). I have not gained ANY weight on it in all the times I had taken it, and withdrawing from it is not too bad either. I just recently started it again because I was diagnosed by my gyno with PMDD and perimenopause, he said that with my condition (the GAD & Panic Disorder) they were going to get 10 x's worse. And let me tell ya, he was NOT joking! After being off of any kind of med for 2 years, I had to start taking it again because my anxiety/panic was totally out of control. I have been taking it now for about 3 weeks, 1 week on 25 mg, then bumped up to 50 mg, where i'll stay. I do however take xanax with it to calm the start up side effects, but once i'm good with the zoloft, I will wean off of the xanax and take it as needed for any breakthrough, which I cannot see happening, because it never has before. I think this time i'll be on it for life, and that's fine, as long as I can feel "normal" again. Good luck with whatever you choose to do. Fox