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Weight Gain With Prozac
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Weight Gain With Prozac

Have you ever been depressed? Well I have. Every year, millions of Americans suffer from depression, and more and more people have been turning to antidepressant drugs to alleviate their symptoms of depression. One of the most popular prescription drugs prescribed by doctors is Prozac, and let me tell you, the after effects of Prozac are not worth it!

I started off taking Prozac in the spring of 2009 after suffering from serious bouts of anxiety and straight-up sadness. My family became worried about me and wanted to help me out. I went to my primary care doctor who suggested I go see a psychiatrist about my symptoms and maybe I could be prescribed some medication to help me feel better. So I did all of that, and sure enough, it worked! I felt so amazing while on 20 mg of these "happy pills" that I could just kiss my psychiatrist! (not literally but you get my point). To my dismay, these results were short-lived.

Two months later, I started feeling a little bit heavier around the midsection. This was a bit unusual to me because of my heavy workout schedule. I would run anywhere from 8-10 miles a day, and I would supplement that with weight-training every other day. I just thought that maybe I needed to tighten up my diet a bit, so I didn't think much of this. I saw my psychiatrist again and he bumped my dosage up to 40 mg. This is where the weight gain really hit me.

A few weeks after my increased dosage, I started having these intense cravings for chocolate! And I mean, I got obsessed with eating crap! I've always eaten at least moderately healthy, but I started finding myself unable to resist swinging by to the local 7/11 and purchasing snickers and twix bars. The worst part is that I wouldn't just buy the regular size ones, I had to have the king size. I would down those suckers like there was no tomorrow.

I started noticing my weight gain week after week, until I was 30 pounds heavier a year after I started taking Prozac. Not only that, but I seemed to look very bloated, especially in my face which is like the worst since it's what everyone sees all the time. The bad thing is, I never seemed to blame the Prozac on my weight gain until about 3 months ago. I started to realize that my weight gain and extreme cravings all started around the exact time that I started taking Prozac. A light bulb finally clicked in my head, and I decided to schedule an appointment with my doctor to get off of Prozac once and for all.

The moral of the story is, be very careful with antidepressants. Everyone's body reacts differently to them. Some people actually lose weight while on them, but if you're like me, you'll end up gaining weight and you'll do so rather quickly. This was such a shocker to me, because I didn't think that a little pill like that would end up messing with my metabolism or anything like that. It was supposed to make me happy, right? My anxiety and depression have all gone away. They were a result of some problems I was having with my girlfriend at the time, but in reality, I just needed someone to talk to, not a drug. Thankfully I learned all of this now, instead of blindly taking a medication that was ruining my waistline to cure symptoms that I didn't even have anymore.


Street Talk

Good Article.

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  about 8 years ago

Great writing Roberto making people aware of this problem!

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  about 8 years ago

Thank you so much!

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  about 8 years ago
Nancykaye  

That is so true. I know someone who went through a similar situation. She headed off to work with a bag full of butter fingers, Reese peanut butter cups and other assorted goodies. And there are even worse side effects. I always wonder when I see an ad for a drug on T.V. because there's a smiling happy face as all the side effects are mentioned including death. Why would anyone buy it after hearing the list?

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  about 8 years ago

Thank you so much for reading! And yes, the side effects for prescription drugs are insane! Honestly, I believe they do more harm than good. And the fact that doctors are so eager to prescribe drugs for just about anything is alarming. I'm sure they get a cut of the profits from the pharmaceutical companies. I didn't touch on the other side effects I got from Prozac since I wanted to just focus on my weight gain, but it honestly caused me all sorts of problems that I didn't even have before! It did way more harm than good. It's crazy. People NEED to know the risks that come with taking medication, because most doctors won't tell you everything.

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  about 8 years ago

That`s just what happens when you mess with your hormones.. some things in your life you can`t fix but you have to learn to move on.

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  about 8 years ago

You are very right. But the thing is, psychiatrists don't tell you that this is a possible side effect! I think more people should be informed of this before deciding to take an antidepressant.

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  about 8 years ago
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