Binge eating on sertraline

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I have been on sertraline for over a year now, it's helped me to get through a dark patch. Despite the initial side effects, I was able to stay on it and gradually increase my dose to 150mg. Over the last 5 months or so I noticed sugar and carbs cravings, often binge eating at night. Tried doing that by doing intermittent fasting which has helped. I workout 4 d days a week and walk a lot everyday, still not able to shed any pounds.

Has anyone experienced something similar? Did it go away once coming off the mess?

Thanks in advance!

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    Hi I haven't put on any weight since being on sertraline so are  you sure it is that?  There are other causes of sweet cravings and not being able to lose any weight such as an under active thyroid. 

    Are you eating a healthy balanced diet and at least 3 times a day?  Sometimes people try and lose weight by starving themselves but all this does is send your body into starvation mode so it responds by lowering your metablism in a desperate attempt to hold onto calories.  

    Is it possible not to have sweet things in the house and stock up with fruit and things instead?  This should help.  x

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      Oh another thing I thought of.  Have you recently packed in smoking?  I did 9 months ago and my sweet cravings are really bad.  I think this triggered it.  x
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      Nothing else has changed besides taking sertraline, I was fine for the first 8-9 months. Something happened since that I started gaining weight and unable to shed it. And nope, I wasn't a smoker.

      I got rid of all sweets in the house to avoid temptation. When I last talked to my doctor about this she suggested that weight gain can be a side effect, however, each person reacts different.

      The good thing is that I'm coming off the meds, I'm at the lowest dose. I'll find out soon enough!!

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