Sertraline and weight gain

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Hi everyone , it's not my first time posting here I have been on sertraline since November 2015 till now and still going on due to health anixity and depression. But first I had this no appetite side effect but afterwards it turned to wide open appetite and weight gain quickly .

Any advice will be appreciated. 😀

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  • Posted

    I am the same. Started with no appetite in sept. Now I'm 2 and a half stone heavier. I've tried diets (which I have never had to before) and joined a gym. Still ballooning. I've given myself a strict routine and if I don't stop getting heavier I'm off back to the dr to try something else.
    • Posted

      Omg I thought I was going crazy.....I knew it was the tablets but my doctor said no no this is not a side effect you need to change your diet she said,but I am not doing anything different but I left the doctors feeling stupid making my mood feel much worse I was doubting myself but now I know it is the tablets I am NOTtaking them any more sad

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    I have been off this med for a little over a year cos it did the same to me, I gained a huge amount of weight and nothing is helping to shift it, I am taking my time as through talking to others I have found it can take a long time to recover from them and your body to go back to normal, I have another six months before I can seriously attempt weight loss. Apparently 18 months is the the average time to wait but it can take years, I am just altering my diet to unprocessed, not sure if you have had this, but sertraline tends to cause sweet and carb cravings, it can also make you think you are hungry all the time, hopefully you will not have this, but whatever you do take your time titrating off, the longer you take it the more chance you have for having discontinuation or withdrawal symptoms. 

    So so if you are having weight issues it will take a lot more effort and time to shift it, I would be interested in hearing any tips on weight loss that work for you

    • Posted

      Are u off the sertraline and taking other or you r off the medication and recovering your body from its side effects as weight gain ?
    • Posted

      I think I'm going to have to come off it. I'm getting married next year and at this rate ill be a house
  • Posted

    Yes I am off the Meds completely,  I did cold turkey, not recommended really, but I survived the worst, I had moments where I was tempted to go back on them to ease the withdrawal, but I stuck it out. I have found out it can take about 5 years to get back to normal completely with the body. 

    I am am finding blood results tend to have inflammation markers, but the knees hurt so not surprised there, also tsh level is creeping up, and on Pfizer leaflet it does say it can cause metabolic problems and hypothyroid, but if you tell a doctor or try to ask about this they dismiss you and tell you it's not true.

    i think the problem is that drug companies have not been forthcoming as if they had been totally truthful doctors would be not prescribing this and it would be classified as addictive, the only reason they say it's not addictive is because the drug companies say it's not, but I have yet to find someone who has not had withdrawal of some sort.

    we get put on Ssri Meds for depression anxiety etc, you try to come off and they cause these symptoms, doctors do not recognise this and say your symptoms have returned, but if you search enough pubmed documents and lawsuit claims it is showing this to be the case.

    unfortunately we have walked into a situation which I personally think is worse than the Valium fiasco, I truly believe these pills are worse, I now have a long road trying to lose the weight, keep being told to lose the weight, everything on paper says I should be losing weight but in reality nope not yet, I lose up to 10lbs but then it comes back, I have read that sertraline gets stored in fat, so that could possibly be why I have problems, will update as I learn, I really want to help others get through this and if I can I will biggrin

  • Posted

    I was on Sertraline for 2 years and gained over  2 stone in weight. Normally, when I need to lose weight, I just eat less. On Sertraline, nothing I did shifted the weight and I knew that was not normal for me so I just stopped taking it. It took me 2 years to lose the weight I gained on Sertraline. Whatever doctors say, I am 100 percent convinced that significant weight gain and slow metabolism are a side effect of this drug for a number of people. I don't know if it was just the weight gain but I stopped looking like myself - my face went all moon-like and that too took years to go - longer even than it took to lose the weight. 

    • Posted

      Omg I'm looking like a totally different person . It's so embarrassing when you see people know you and you get this question in there eyes like what the hell happened to you ?

      Uhhh I can't stop this med now still .

    • Posted

      I totally symapthise. I didn't even realise how big i'd got or moon-faced til I saw a picture of myself and realised how much i'd changed. Someone commented that I'd gotten 'plump' and I was outraged but they were spot on.I hope you find an alternative drug that doesn't do this to you.


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