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    Old 10-09-2005, 01:45 PM   #1
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    Fat, thanks to paxil, will it drop of???

    I was put on paxil for anxiety (due to chronic pain issues) I have been on 20mg for a year, I have been weaning off and have been off for a week now. In the first 3 months on this drug I gained 12kg (not sure what that is in pounds for you Americans!) I have never before had a weight issue and dropped holiday weight, baby birth weight etc. I thought that as I have been weaning for 3 months some of the weight would have started to go. Does anyone have any idea when it starts to go, will it go? I dont want to give myself anxiety over this! I heard this drug alters the metabolism, I just hope this is not a permanent thing. Thanks for any help.
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    Old 10-09-2005, 04:02 PM   #2
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    Re: Fat, thanks to paxil, will it drop of???

    Paxil effects everyone differently, when I took Paxil alone I lost weight, when it was mixed with Zyprexa I gained a lof of weight, now that is mixed with Remeron I am starting to lose weight again.

     
    Old 10-20-2005, 09:32 PM   #3
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    Re: Fat, thanks to paxil, will it drop of???

    Yes, a friend of mine gained a lot of weight on paxil too. He was on it for about 6 months and then can off slowly. He started losing his weight after about 4 months of being off it. Just give your body a little time to re-adjust to the new change (being off paxil).
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    Old 10-21-2005, 01:29 PM   #4
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    Re: Fat, thanks to paxil, will it drop of???

    blaming antidepressants for weight gain is common but wrong, they dont alter the metabolism, you gain from eating more and/or exercising less, some lose weight on these meds, if the med is effective some are relaxed and move around less and their apetite is improved

    fear of weight gain is a popular excuse for not taking them
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    Old 11-15-2005, 11:51 PM   #5
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    Re: Fat, thanks to paxil, will it drop of???

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    blaming antidepressants for weight gain is common but wrong, they dont alter the metabolism, you gain from eating more and/or exercising less, some lose weight on these meds, if the med is effective some are relaxed and move around less and their apetite is improved

    fear of weight gain is a popular excuse for not taking them
    The friend I'm speaking of above that did gain weight while on his AD didn't change how he ate or lived, worked, etc. He was only on them for mild depression and still lived an active life, including exercise. He was always very thin but did gain around 15+ pounds while on his AD during 6 months. A few months after he got off them, he started losing his weight easily. He always ate healthy foods, normal portions, etc., as he did before, during and after his time on AD's. I am 30 and have always been very thin too (too thin) but since on zoloft now I have gained 6 pounds and have stayed at that weight for a good while now. I'm happy about my weight gain because I was too thin before. My diet and life style are still the same as before (in the home, that is) the difference in me now is that I get out of the house and am a LOT more active than I was before zoloft (i had panic attacks and didn't leave the house) so, since I am moving around more and doing more I should be losing weight instead of gaining. I hardly ever eat out (can't afford it) and I buy the same foods now that I did before. My doctor did tell me that it is common for people to gain a little weight while on AD's. To be honest though, I was suffering a LOT before zoloft with panic and anxiety and I'm so happy now to be able to do simple things and live my life that I'd gladly take 100 pounds of weight gain as long as I never had to go through another panic attack again! My doctor said the average weight gain on AD's is 10 to 20 pounds.
    If you need the meds, take them. Weight (or) panic, anxiety, depression, etc... I know in America there is a lot of pressure to look good, be thin.. But how you feel "inside" is WAYYYY more important because YOU are the one who has to live with what's in your head every second of your life.
    Take care,
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    Old 11-16-2005, 02:51 PM   #6
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    Re: Fat, thanks to paxil, will it drop of???

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    The friend I'm speaking of above that did gain weight while on his AD didn't change how he ate or lived, worked, etc. He was only on them for mild depression and still lived an active life, including exercise. He was always very thin but did gain around 15+ pounds while on his AD during 6 months. A few months after he got off them, he started losing his weight easily. He always ate healthy foods, normal portions, etc., as he did before, during and after his time on AD's. I am 30 and have always been very thin too (too thin) but since on zoloft now I have gained 6 pounds and have stayed at that weight for a good while now. I'm happy about my weight gain because I was too thin before. My diet and life style are still the same as before (in the home, that is) the difference in me now is that I get out of the house and am a LOT more active than I was before zoloft (i had panic attacks and didn't leave the house) so, since I am moving around more and doing more I should be losing weight instead of gaining. I hardly ever eat out (can't afford it) and I buy the same foods now that I did before. My doctor did tell me that it is common for people to gain a little weight while on AD's. To be honest though, I was suffering a LOT before zoloft with panic and anxiety and I'm so happy now to be able to do simple things and live my life that I'd gladly take 100 pounds of weight gain as long as I never had to go through another panic attack again! My doctor said the average weight gain on AD's is 10 to 20 pounds.
    If you need the meds, take them. Weight (or) panic, anxiety, depression, etc... I know in America there is a lot of pressure to look good, be thin.. But how you feel "inside" is WAYYYY more important because YOU are the one who has to live with what's in your head every second of your life.
    Take care,
    T.


    I also disagree with your statement HRY. I have talked to several doctors (specialists, medical, GYN/OB, and Cardiologist) and they all told me that AD's CAN cause weight gain. It doesn't mean EVERYONE will gain, some will lose, some people's weight will remain stable. It depends on the individual. I went on Lexapro 2 years ago and from the first month I started taking it I began gaining weight. I did not change my eating habits, I actually started eating better due to the weight gain. And I exercised frequently. Just my 2 cents!






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    Old 11-17-2005, 01:00 PM   #7
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    Re: Fat, thanks to paxil, will it drop of???

    Hi, t panic, I have been of paxil for about 6 weeks after about 3 weeks I lost 2kg but nothing more has happened and I am being careful with what I eat and have resorted to using my stepper ( I do walk regularly though also) I am frustrated, I am eating less as I am just not that interested and want to lose weight. I have heard this stuff affects the liver even after stopping so I am hoping it will improve.
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