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Does anyone know if zoloft causes weight gain?
If you are on zoloft, did it cause you to gain weight?
I read online that you can't lose weight while taking zoloft. Anyone know if that is true?
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Does anyone know if zoloft causes weight gain?
If you are on zoloft, did it cause you to gain weight?
I read online that you can't lose weight while taking zoloft. Anyone know if that is true?
i think it CAN. so far i haven't gained anything, but i've only been on it for a month.

i doubt what you read is true. i don't see how anything could cause you not to be able to lose weight at all. everyone is different, though, so i suppose in theory it could do that to someone.

i would just take it (if you need it) and monitor for side effects. i was really worried about side effects, too, but in the end, if it gets really crappy, you can always go off the meds. no need to borrow trouble IMO. you might not have any issues at all.

ETA: just realized you might be actually on it already and gaining weight, in which case my "try and see" advice would not apply. sorry!

but i also wanted to say, i definitely noticed an appetite increase with the zoloft. that said, when i was really anxious before i got on it, my appetite was abnormally low. so i don't really think the increased appetite is BAD. sometimes i think SSRIs get a bad rap for weight gain when really what they are doing is allowing you to have a good appetite again because you're no longer depressed/anxious. though maybe for some people, it is way worse than that. i dunno. no anti-depressant has ever made me really gain substantial weight before.

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All SSRIs have this side effect to some extent.

Frankly, part of my PPD was the fact that I could not lose weight. Taking an anti-depressant would have added to it.

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I actually lost weight on Zoloft, because it totally took away my appetite.

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i'm gaining for sure... and i'm on zoloft. but i don't think i'll ever know if its just a coincidence or not. for now i'm ok with it. if it turns out i need AD's long term, i might consider a med change or something.
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Yes, it can, just like any ssri. But if you are in need of the medication, you should take it. I gained once on it, then lost the second time I took it. So it really just depends on you.

The average gain, if it happens, is 20 lbs, according to my pharmacist. Hardly worth suffering through depression, especially since it will usually come off pretty easily once you stop taking it.

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I didn't gain any weight on it until I was up to 150 mg/day (about 7-8 months after starting it). Then I gained 30+ pounds in about 3 months. My weight was steady through any few months on it, and I still haven't managed to lose any of it even though I've been off it for almost 6 months. Considering, though, that I was becoming suicidal before I started taking it, it was worth it for me. It'd be nice if my metabolism would bounce back, though.

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i took zoloft about 9 or 10 years ago. i gained a lot of weight on it. i'm 5'6 and went from 119 to about 155 lbs.

i discontinued all meds after that and i did drop all of my weight (but i started exercising then - so that probably helped). there are probably some people who lose weight on it though, yk? sometimes you won't know until you try it. good luck!!

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