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pattypan
2 hours ago, direstraits said:

I also feel so uncomfortable in my body...I always was able to lose weight after I went off the drugs til I had a hysterectomy.

I think menopause plays a role in weight gain but I also think these drugs change metabolism,too.

IT's very frustrating when you've always been thin or even underweight,,,I hate it.



I gained weight on Lexapro and then got pregnant a year after. my weight hasnt budged since pregnancy ( its been 3 years!)

What i want to know is:
Is the weight gain from the drug?
OR
Is the weight gain from eating normally/ decreased anxiety?

For me- when i am anxious I dont eat, I have OCD re: scales and # and ALWAYS stayed in a specific range of 5# until the OCD was controlled by the lexapro... then i threw the scale out. 
I eat healthy, i exercise, I exclusively breastfed my child for 2 years- and still i havent dropped a pound. 

I get so confused because the Med insert reports NO weight changes... and MDs say this drup is weight neutral- but is it??

I am  realllly hoping once I get off these drugs I can be back to a more comfortable size....( and control the OCD so i dont have to be within 5 # to feel okay...) 

Any insight would be SO appreciated!


Hx of Prozac, Wellbutrin, Celexa, Zoloft, Paxil, Trazodone, Xanax, Valium( 1996-2010)

November 2011- Luvox- tapered March 2012

March:2013 Wellbutrin/Buspar- tapered July 2014
Jan 2015: Lexapro 30mg, Klonopin .25 mg PRN 
May 2019: Lexapro 20mg, Klonopin .25 mg PRN
June 21,2019: Discontinued Klonopin
July 1, 2019:  Lexapro 15mg
July 12, 2019: Lexapro 20mg
August 1,2019: Lexapro 17.5mg
August 10,2019: Lexapro 15mg
Supplements: Occasionally Omega's and Magnesium

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direstraits
51 minutes ago, pattypan said:



I gained weight on Lexapro and then got pregnant a year after. my weight hasnt budged since pregnancy ( its been 3 years!)

What i want to know is:
Is the weight gain from the drug?
OR
Is the weight gain from eating normally/ decreased anxiety?

For me- when i am anxious I dont eat, I have OCD re: scales and # and ALWAYS stayed in a specific range of 5# until the OCD was controlled by the lexapro... then i threw the scale out. 
I eat healthy, i exercise, I exclusively breastfed my child for 2 years- and still i havent dropped a pound. 

I get so confused because the Med insert reports NO weight changes... and MDs say this drup is weight neutral- but is it??

I am  realllly hoping once I get off these drugs I can be back to a more comfortable size....( and control the OCD so i dont have to be within 5 # to feel okay...) 

Any insight would be SO appreciated!

the doctors and drug companies don't know what they're talking about...these drugs do cause weight gain in many people.

when I started Prozac 25 years ago I weighed about 130 and a few months later I was up to 150!

I never changed my diet during this time.

when I took Effexor in 2003 I went up to 175! when I stopped it I lost over 25 lbs.

I was someone who never had a weight problem,who actually was underweight for most of my life.

Hopefully you will see weight loss after coming off the drugs.

 

take care,ds


went on Prozac 1994-99,60mg.poopout ct  back on 2001-2002,prozac weekly 2002,not working,Effexor 75 mg.?2003-mar.2004 gaining weight 8wk. taper,wellbutrin 150 mg.mar. -may 2004 ctmedfree til july 2005 back to Prozac gaining weight again,back on wellbutrin jan.2006150-300 mg.bad constipation.also was taking aygestin(hormone)perimenopausal irregular bleeding.back on Prozac around sept,?2006,hysterectomy jan30.2007(adenomyosis)off&on Prozac til 2009,citalopram about 1 mo, April 2010 no effect,Effexor again may -mar, 2011.ct,Prozac aug,-dec, 2011 &sept-nov 2012,paroxetine oct,23 2013-may 4 2014 20 mgs.tapered 6 wks.-failed RI in Oct.2014-in protracted WD.

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pattypan

@direstraits Thank you!
It is really hard to know what my NORMAL weight is- i have been on and off these meds since i was a teenager...so 20 years... all i know is that right now I am UNcomfortable!

AND i totally agree with you- they know Nothing about the  meds or side effects....


Hx of Prozac, Wellbutrin, Celexa, Zoloft, Paxil, Trazodone, Xanax, Valium( 1996-2010)

November 2011- Luvox- tapered March 2012

March:2013 Wellbutrin/Buspar- tapered July 2014
Jan 2015: Lexapro 30mg, Klonopin .25 mg PRN 
May 2019: Lexapro 20mg, Klonopin .25 mg PRN
June 21,2019: Discontinued Klonopin
July 1, 2019:  Lexapro 15mg
July 12, 2019: Lexapro 20mg
August 1,2019: Lexapro 17.5mg
August 10,2019: Lexapro 15mg
Supplements: Occasionally Omega's and Magnesium

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direstraits

I was on them off and on for 20 yrs. too.

who knows what effect they've had on us...

 

 

 


went on Prozac 1994-99,60mg.poopout ct  back on 2001-2002,prozac weekly 2002,not working,Effexor 75 mg.?2003-mar.2004 gaining weight 8wk. taper,wellbutrin 150 mg.mar. -may 2004 ctmedfree til july 2005 back to Prozac gaining weight again,back on wellbutrin jan.2006150-300 mg.bad constipation.also was taking aygestin(hormone)perimenopausal irregular bleeding.back on Prozac around sept,?2006,hysterectomy jan30.2007(adenomyosis)off&on Prozac til 2009,citalopram about 1 mo, April 2010 no effect,Effexor again may -mar, 2011.ct,Prozac aug,-dec, 2011 &sept-nov 2012,paroxetine oct,23 2013-may 4 2014 20 mgs.tapered 6 wks.-failed RI in Oct.2014-in protracted WD.

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Restoration123

I've been taking Sertraline for 8 months. The past couple of months, I've noticed rapid weight gain. Ugh!  Has anyone noticed weight loss once you started tapering? Also, has anyone tried a keto/low carb diet while taking an AD for weight loss?


Low dose of Ativan for 2 months; quickly became physically dependent and experienced interdose withdrawals. Cold turkeyed in January 2019.

 

Started Sertraline in November 2018. Highest dose of 100mg and currently on 93 mg and looking to taper off and become medication free! 

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ChessieCat

NEW!!!               INTERVIEW with Altostrata, SA's founder               NEW!!! 

 

ADs:  25 years - 1 unknown, Prozac (muscle weakness), Zoloft; citalopram (pooped out) CTed (very sick for 2.5 wks a few months after)

Pristiq:  50mg 2012, 100mg beg 2013 (Serotonin Toxicity)  Tapering Oct 2015  Current from 14 Nov 2020:  Pristiq 0.50 mg

My tapering program                                      My Intro (goes to my tapering graph)

My website - includes my brief history + links to videos & information on the web

PLEASE NOTE:  I am not a medical professional.  I provide information and make suggestions.

REMINDER TO SELF:  I don't need the drug now, but my still brain does.

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Brain

Okay, riddle me this: could withdrawing from antidepressants have caused both massive weight loss and massive weight gain?

That's what it seems like for me.

 

In April 2014 I dropped Wellbutrin from 300mg to 150. From 2012 to December 2015 I tapered Zoloft from 200mg to 25. I've held those dosages ever since.

By fall of 2016 I had lost 20 pounds.

By April 2019 I had gained back the 20 and added 20 more.

So now I'm at my highest weight in 15 years, worse than any other time except the terrible time right after my mom died.

It's hard to see a reason for this as my diet and activity levels haven't changed that drastically. It's all pretty unprecedented in my life.

 

Could this somehow be explained by reducing the antidepressants?

 

Zoloft is known to cause weight gain, and Wellbutrin is known to cause weight loss. Perhaps by reducing both of these, I've caused their opposite effects, weight loss from reducing the Zoloft, and weight gain from reducing the Wellbutrin?

 

Sadly, the weight loss effect has been completely overwhelmed by whatever  has now caused me to gain weight!

 

It makes me hesitant to further reduce the Wellbutrin, since I am now at an unhealthy weight already and would not be well-served by adding an additional 20 pounds.

 

I also have definitely been more depressed since reducing these drugs. It came on slowly but it's hard to deny now. And being depressed and feeling fatigued can all add to the weight gain in and of themselves.

 

Anyway, I'd love to get back to the 170 I was at instead of the 210 I'm now struggling against!

 

Would love to hear people's thoughts.


KEY: Drug [total mass ingested] @CurrentDoseMaxDose (time span). Details.
Zoloft [1kg] @25250 (1998-present). 250mg most of the time. Starting Spring of 2009, tapered by 25mg steps down to 25mg/day by Oct 2010. Emotional crisis prompted return to 200mg by end of 2010. Reduced to 150mg in Sep 2012. Dropped to 125mg 1 April 2013. Dropped to 100mg around 1 June 2013. Dropped to 90mg 5 Dec 2014. @80mg 5 Jan 2015. @70mg 5 Feb 2015. @60mg 5 Mar 2015. @50mg 5 Apr 2015. @45mg 7 Sep 2015. @40mg 5 Oct 2015. @35mg 1 Nov 2015. @30mg 1 Dec 2015. @25mg 29 Dec 2015.
Wellbutrin XL [.864kg] @150300 (2004-present). Started at 150mg, quickly ramped up to 300mg. Dropped to 150mg in summer of 2010. Emotional crisis prompted return to 300mg by end of 2010. Dropped to 150mg 9 Apr 2014.
Klonopin [2.52g] @01 (1998-2005).
Paxil (1997-1998).

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jeremy1069

Topic title:  Sudden weight loss

 

I’ve been at this over a year now. Things have come and gone. A lot of it seems to have eased for the time being. I’m hopeful but I know I’m not there yet.

 

I’ve noticed I lost a considerable amount of weight within the last week or two. I’m starting to look like how I did when I was a teenager. I had a tad of belly flab after I was about 22, it’s dropped considerably this month. 

 

Only changes I have made (over the summer) were are a lot of walking and a lot of plain bottled water (Which I stopped drinking when I was about 20) I started guzzling a certain brand of bottled water that I had not touched in years sometime in July. This replaced the diet soda I was drinking (I cut all caffeine after 1PM to help with sleep)

 

I would guess these changes are the cause of some of it, but I’m just worried because this is so sudden it seems. Can the withdrawal suddenly effect metabolism? I know there were periods of time during this when I was having more libido. Like the weight loss, it was the highest since I was a teenager. That has since dropped back off. 

 

 

 

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Prozac (2007-2008), Zoloft (2009-2017) Paxil (2017-2018), Celexa (2018), Luvox (2018-Current) Average 50-200. Nothing as of January 2019

Lorazepam 2007-Current 2MG 3 times a day

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bubbles

You were drinking diet soda until recently? I just read somewhere that it is actually associated with weight gain. If you've eliminated it, could that account for it?


My thread here at SA: https://www.survivingantidepressants.org/topic/1775-bubbles/page/14/

2005 St John's Wort / 2006-2012 Lexapro 20mg, 2 failed attempts to stop, tapered over 4.5 months in early 2012

January 2013 started Sertraline, over time worked up to 100mg / July 2014 dropped from 100mg to 75mg, held for six months

2015 tapered to 50mg over several months, held for several months, some more drops

2016 Feb 35mg, 6 Mar 33mg, more drops (note big drop (calc error) & up to 25mg), more drops (about 2mg at a time)

2017 - more small drops, more long holds

2018 March at 11mg;  April 20 9mg; June 11 8.1mg; (July 10 7.7mg / July 18 7.3mg); ( Sept 2 7.2mg, Sept 5 7.1mg, Sept 9 7mg); 30 Sept 6.5mg, ? 6mg, 23 Nov 5.5mg) 19 Dec 5mg

2019 (micro drops over two weeks 24 Mar 4.9mg, 28 Mar 4.8mg, 31 Mar 4.7mg, 4 Apr 4.6mg, 7 Apr 4.5mg / 22 April 4.4mg, 26 April 4.3mg, 2 May 4.2mg, 5 May 4.1mg, 9 May 4mg), 3 Oct 3.9mg, (20 Oct 3.8mg, 27 Oct 3.7mg, 3 Nov 3.6mg), 24 Nov 3.5mg, 8 Dec 3.4mg, 15 Dec 3.3mg, 22 Dec 3.2mg

2020 19 Jan 3.1mg, 26 Jan 3.0mg; 1 Mar 2.9, 7 Mar 2.8, May (some drops here) 24 May 2.5, May 29 2.4, June 21 2.3, June 28 2.2mg,  July 4 2.1mg, July 24 (or maybe a bit before) 2mg

Current Sertraline: July 24: 2 mg / Armour Thyroid / endless allergy meds, erg

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jeremy1069

When I was 20, in 2007 I was at the peak of the OCD (This was before I had even seen the psychiatrist) I went from Sprite to Diet Pepsi. It was all we had. Diet Pepsi was my favorite when I was a child, so that was not a big deal. It didn’t seem to change my weight at the time.

 

Water was my drink of choice in high school. So much in fact that it triggered kidney stones to pass on a seemingly regular basis. I’m feeling that back pain this morning as well for the first time in awhile (Go figure)

 

Sorry for starting another thread again when I should have researched. I keep forgetting repeatedly. It’s frustrating.


Prozac (2007-2008), Zoloft (2009-2017) Paxil (2017-2018), Celexa (2018), Luvox (2018-Current) Average 50-200. Nothing as of January 2019

Lorazepam 2007-Current 2MG 3 times a day

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getofflex

I gained a lot of weight while on AD's.  I've lost it in the past 2 years.  During my taper I also went to a weight loss group and achieved my goal weight last November.  However, since my last dose reduction on Sept 16, my appetite has increased!  I've heard of people having loss of appetite during AD WD, but not an increase in appetite. This morning I ate a healthy well balanced breakfast and lunch, and I'm hungry in 2 or 3 hours.  I really don't want to put the weight back on, but I don't want to go hungry, either.  Anyone else have this experience?  Would it help to reduce carbs, and increase fat and protein? 

breakfast was ambrosia salad(coconut, mandarin oranges, pineapple, cool whip) greek yogurt, and a whole grain banana nut muffin

lunch was leftover meatloaf, homemade mashed potatoes (about 3/4 cup), 1.5 cups watermelon, and a green salad 

I also took a slow 70 minute walk outside.


Lexapro   April02 - Aug17: 10 mg,  ***  Aug17 - Sept17: 5 mg ***  Sept17 - Nov17:  2.5 mg,  ***  Nov17: 0 mg, ***   Dec17 - Aug18: 5 mg  ***    Aug/1/18 - Aug/30/18: 2.5 mg     *** Sep/1/18 - Sep/27/18:  1.25 mg. ***   Sep/28/18 - Oct/31/18:  2.5 mg,  ***  Nov/1/18 - Nov/15/18: 1.25 mg  ***   Nov/16/18 - Nov/30/18: 2.5 mg  ***   Dec/1/18 - Dec/27/18: 2.0 mg (switched to liquid)  ***    Dec/27/18 - Jan/31/19: 1.5 mg ***    Feb/1/19 - Feb/20/19: 1.0 mg  ***  Feb/21/19 - Mar/7/19: 0.5 mg  ***  Mar/8/19 - May/03/19: 0.8 mg ***   May/04/19 - May/13/19 0.7 mg ***  May/14/19 - May/24/19 0.6 mg *** May/25/19 - June/05/19. 0.5 mg *** June/06/19 - July/19/19 0.4 mg. ***  July/20/19 - Sep 14 2019 0.3 mg.  ***  Sep 15 2019 - Oct 21 2019 0.27 mg. *** Oct 22 2019 - Jan 18 2020 - 0.23 mg. *** Jan 19 2020 - April 1 2020 0.2 mg  ***  April 2 2020 - July 15 2020 0.18 mg *** July 16 2020 - August 22 0.17 mg, August 23 -- Oct 6 0.16 mg, Oct 7 - Nov 7 0.15 mg, Nov 8 - present 0.14

Trazodone.  used 50 mg once every 4-7 days for sleep, have discontinued altogether as of 12/23/19

Xanax. used 0.5 mg once every 4-7 days for sleep, have discontinued altogether as of 12/23/19 

When I cannot go to sleep, I take Benadryl 50 mg, Ibuprofen 800 mg, or Tylenol 1000 mg

other meds: Levothyroxine 75 mag. in AM 1/2 hour before breakfast with 24 ounces water

supplements AM: omega 3 fish oil, flax seed oil, natural multivitamin, vitamin C, vitamin E

supplements PM: Natural Calm magnesium 350 mg, GABA 750 mg, 5-HTP 50 mg. Estroven Sleep Cool and Calm (contains black cohosh 40 mg, soy isoflavones 56 mg) melatonin 3 mg

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JackieDecides
On 8/27/2019 at 2:41 PM, Brain said:

could withdrawing from antidepressants have caused both massive weight loss and massive weight gain?

That's what it seems like for me.

 

I haven't had "massive" changes (recently) but lost a lot of weight immediately after going off Lexapro and then a long period of slowly losing weight when I didn't want to. I would eat all I wanted, then eat MORE until I was eating all I was able to, and I still had trouble maintaining. this past summer was 1 year off Lexapro.

 

this fall I moved to Oregon and it's like someone flipped a switch:  I gained 10 pounds quickly and while the anxiety is much less intense, I now have depression. 

 

my feeling is that I absolutely had weight loss from going off Lexapro - no doubt - but I also had it from anxiety. 

and now I'm having weight gain from depression. 

 

so now I have to learn to deal with that, really for the first time since being off Lexapro. 


Currently taking Ramapril (blood pressure) 5 mg twice a day

Omeprazole 10 mg AM and 20 mg PM  (the taper has gone nowhere after the first cut)

Famotidine   once a day (and I still needs tums sometimes)

magnesium 200 mg at night

as of yesterday 2 fish oil capsules "EPA-DHA 1000"

 

off Lexapro as of 5/2018  - last dose had been 5 mg every other day for a couple years

 

highest dose had been 20 mg at which point I was diagnosed with Bipolar II, which went away when I cut the lexapro down to 15 mg. 

 

I spent years on Paxil before Lexapro (can't remember dose), briefly on Effexor and Abilify and others I have forgotten. in fact, when I was diagnoses with BPII I was put on all kinds of things which made me feel so bad I stopped them cold turkey within maybe 3 or 4 weeks, thank goodness. since then I've known these pills were terrible and I weaned down the Lexapro with zero help or support over I'm not sure how many years. 

 

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Gridley
24 minutes ago, JackieDecides said:

I absolutely had weight loss from going off Lexapro

I too have lost a lot of weight (that I didn't want to lose) during my Lexapro taper.


Gridley Introduction

 

Lexapro 20 mg since 2004.  Begin Brassmonkey Slide Taper Jan. 2017.   

End 2017 year 1 of taper at 9.25mg 

End 2018 year 2 of taper at 4.1mg

End 2019 year 3 of taper at 1.0mg  

Oct. 30, 2020  Jump to zero from 0.025mg.  Current dose: 0.000mg

3 year, 10 month taper is 100% complete.

 

Lorazepam 1 mg 1986-1991 CT, resumed a few months later. CT 2000.  1 mg 2011-2016.  Sept, 2016 increased to 0.5 X 3 in split dose. Sept. 2019 increased to 0.625 X 3 after crossover to new brand

 

Imipramine 75 mg daily since 1986.  Jan. 2016 began every 3-weeks 10% taper, down to 15mg.  Aug 2016, discovered SA, updosed to 25mg and holding.  Taper is 66% complete.  

  

Supplements: omega, vitamins E and D3, magnesium glycinate, probiotic, melatonin .3mg


I am not a medical professional and this is not medical advice, but simply information based on my own experience, as well as other members who have survived these drugs.

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Giulietta

 

Duloxetine has had an effect on my weight (as have other CNS and ADs I have taken and currently take).

 

 "Duloxetine-treated patients experienced weight loss after short-term treatment, followed by modest weight gain on longer-term treatment." I would say this has generally been true in my case.

 

Following my abrupt discontinuation in December 2018, I had extremely high anxiety and panic and inappetance. I lost 5# in less than a month ( that I didn't intend to lose).  I was having trouble eating enough. I wasn't hungry even though my body needed energy. Getting 1700 calories was hard.  Only by deliberately eating high and empty calorie foods did I gain the weight back.

 

Following that I have  my appetite has gone from being ravenous to craving carbs to inappetance. I have not been documenting what I am eating (and how much) because it makes me anxious. I threw out my scale. It caused more anxiety than was useful. :) So I go by how my clothes fit and how chubby I am around the middle! 

 

Note that duloxetine causes elevated blood glucose levels - demonstrated on a clinical trial with patients taking duloxetine for pain management. This may affect weight. Other ADs may as well.

 

About weight and ADs:

 

Excerpted from "Effects of the Antidepressant Duloxetine on Body Weight: Analyses of 10 Clinical Studies" - link below for weight changes associated with various ADs.

Many antidepressants affect body weight. Weight gain, in particular, may lead to patient dissatisfaction, noncompliance, and eventual discontinuation of therapy.1 The tricyclic antidepressants are commonly associated with weight gain that can be disturbing to patients and may interfere with patients' willingness to continue long-term maintenance treatment.2 Conversely, the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) fluoxetine3,4 and sertraline5 and the dopamine reuptake inhibitor bupropion5 are associated with short-term weight loss. In the long term, patients treated with fluoxetine tend to regain their weight after experiencing an initial short-term weight loss.6 Another SSRI, paroxetine, is associated with long-term weight gain,7 whereas bupropion may induce long-term weight loss.8 Sibutramine, a monoamine re-uptake inhibitor of norepinephrine (NE) and serotonin (5-HT)9 that was initially studied as an antidepressant, is used as an anti-obesity agent to induce weight loss.10,11

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1764530/

 

 


2014-present  Lamotrigine ER 600 mg (sz)

2000 - present  Clonazepam 1 mg (.25 mg am;.75 mg pm)

2000 - present  Gabapentin 1000 mg (sz)

2014-2019   Lisinopril 2.5 mg

2010-present Lorazepam/Ativan .5 mg prn only  (sz)

 

2005-2018/19   Assorted SSRIs taken intermittently, incl. dulox.

(6/2015-4/2020) Unwitting 20 mg duloxetine CT Dec 2018. Prev. CT from 20 mg  9/2018.

Suplmnts:  omega 3 fatty acid, CoQ10,  Calcium  Citrate with Vit D3/Mages.

I am not a medical professional. My comments are not medical advice.  They  are based on personal experience.

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Giulietta

Does anyone out there have (recurring) anxiety triggers around food? 

 

I find that in WD I may be more susceptible to these extremes.
 

 

 I've been able to summarize (as best as possible) in the following way:

  • Weight management. Gaining weight has started an upward trajectory that quickly adds on pounds. The weight gain drives anxiety that can drive inappetance ---and
  • Inappetance - which I've had before - is scary when you  find the thought, smell or sight of food very unattractive. It's like having an anxiety attack - you can't simply tell yourself to relax and eat.  It is completely irrational. And then you're back to eating anything to stabilize your weight.
  • Anxiety about losing weight. Am I eating enough.
  • Healthy eating: In addition to getting the right amount of calories - I want to ensure I get the right nutrients (i.e., 30 g fiber, for example).

These things will trigger high levels of anxiety, heart pounding, feeling ill at ease.

 

I just want to stay the same size (whether it means gaining 2# and then taking 2# off to stay at my size without getting anxious about it....).


2014-present  Lamotrigine ER 600 mg (sz)

2000 - present  Clonazepam 1 mg (.25 mg am;.75 mg pm)

2000 - present  Gabapentin 1000 mg (sz)

2014-2019   Lisinopril 2.5 mg

2010-present Lorazepam/Ativan .5 mg prn only  (sz)

 

2005-2018/19   Assorted SSRIs taken intermittently, incl. dulox.

(6/2015-4/2020) Unwitting 20 mg duloxetine CT Dec 2018. Prev. CT from 20 mg  9/2018.

Suplmnts:  omega 3 fatty acid, CoQ10,  Calcium  Citrate with Vit D3/Mages.

I am not a medical professional. My comments are not medical advice.  They  are based on personal experience.

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Gilla999

Hi all - I'm hoping I'm posting this question in the right place! I don't seem to be able to get any replies to this wherever I've asked elsewhere, but I'm trying again 😊

 

As with the vast majority of people I have put on a huge amount of weight while taking Mirtazapine. I'd been a size 8 or 10 my whole life, so to go up to a size 16 has been really demoralising and it's the primary reason why I'm so keen to come off the drug - I don't feel I can really be myself this way. This is 100% not through a change in eating habits, because I've always been quite 'aware' of what I eat, and I'm eating no differently. I can only guess that the suggestions are true and the drug affects the way you store and metabolize fat.

 

I'm now down to 4.95mg on a slow 10% taper. My question to anyone out there who has successfully tapered off Mirt or is in the low stages, is at what point did you start to lose the weight? Is it only when you completely come off it, or when you got down to say 2mg did it start to shift? Because I'm going to slow down the taper in the late spring when I get to the really low doses, the thought of my weight staying like this for another year no matter what I eat or how much I exercise, is too much to bear.

 

I noticed very recently that my sleep has suddenly switched back to pre-medication normal - ie. I'm not sleeping 10 hours every night like I was on Mirt, but back to my normal (outside of severe insomnia episodes) of 7.5 hours a night. I guess this is because I'm getting to a lower dose and it's not drugging me up, which I feel is a really positive sign and I feel so much better for it... but still none of the weight has begun to shift and every day I feel grotesque. You can physically see the masses of accumulated dimply fat under my skin and aside from vanity, it cannot be healthy!

 

I would love to hear any feedback of anyone's experiences with their weight and tapering off, and when they started to lose it. Thank you xx


  • 2010 - 2017: 25mg Sertraline, with numerous failed attempts to come off
  • Feb - May 2017: drug free woooooh 😁
  • May 2017 - June 2019: 25mg Sertraline
  • June 2019: Mirtazapine, 15mg to 30mg then back down to 22.5mg
  • June 2019: also switched from Sertraline 25mg to Escitalopram 7.5mg
  • July 4 2019: attempted first (too quick) Mirt taper from 22.5mg to 5mg within 16 days. Day 16 horrific WD hit, reinstated at 15mg
  • July 31 2019 - ongoing: Tapering the Mirt at 10-12%% every 3 weeks ever since without any major WD
  • Jan 2020: Tapered the Escitalopram from 7.5mg to 6.25mg 
  • Feb 2020: Switched to liquid Escitalopram 6.25mg
  • Apr 2020: Through taper had successfully reached 2.9mg of Mirtazapine and 5.8mg Escitalopram
  • May 2020: Relapse of insomnia and subsequent panic disorder (insomnia triggered by emotional / traumatic event, NOT from WD) 
  • May 2020: Under Psych guidance increased Mirt to 6mg and began to taper up the Escitalopram also with the intention of reaching 10mg
  • May-mid July: Continued slow taper down of Mirt, got back down to 4.8mg
  • Mid July-early Aug: Erratic insomnia and panic disorder triggered by (1) hormones and (2) Escitalopram increase side effects. Erratic increasing of Mirt to try and cope
  • Mid Aug - stabilised at 18.75mg Mirt. Intend to drop to 15mg in 4 weeks time and then hold for a while. Also planning to switch from Escitalopram back to Sertraline, which caused far fewer side effects and worked well for me

 

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I know the feeling, my weight has shot up......I'm going to have to join a weight loss group.

 

Its not healthy to be overweight at any age, but certainly from middle-age upwards its more risky.

 

Also, I find IBS "episodes" cause unprecedented weight gain, as the food doesn't move through the gut normally.  The gut becomes "spastic", and then there is the bloating, and/or diahrreah/constipation, A LOT of gas, and one feels like a beach ball!

 

Just have to battle on....keep on truck'in.

 


Dose History: 19 Feb 2014 - Escitalopram 10mg daily June 2015 - Started taper, 5mg every other day July 2015 - 5mg every 2 days August 2015 - 5mg every 3 days September 2015 - 5mg every 4 days Sept 14th - Completed tapering, but at 7 weeks "drug free" I suffered serious WD symptoms as a consequence of "incorrect" tapering. Nov 25 2015 - Re-instated Cipralex @ 2.5mg daily. WD symptoms faded. Held at this dose and experienced "windows and waves". 12 Oct 2017 Reduced dose to 1.25mg. 13 Mar 2018 Reduced dose to 0.625mg (approx.). 16 April 2018 0mg. Windows and waves triggered by stress (IBS/reflux, headaches, sinus issues) Aug 2019 Mirena coil fitted 6 Jan 2020 MAJOR Wave hit 19 months following last dose (protracted WD).  Symptoms listed below Mar 2020 Mirena coil removal.

Therapy: Nov 15th 2016 Re-started therapy Jan 19th 2017 Started CBT Dec 2017 Started listening to Hypnotherapy CD (self-esteem). Nov 2019 Started couples therapy.

Supplements: "Bioglan" Biotic Balance Ultimate Flora 10 billion CFU, live Bacteria, Probiotic, suitable for Vegetarians, with Lactobacillus Acidophilus, Lactobacillus Rhamnosus, Bifidobacterium Longum"Pukka" Vitalise a unique blend of 30 energising botanicals.

Diet: 16 April 2018 Detox cleanse / anti-candida for 90 days. Jan 2020 Started "small plate" diet (i.e child size portions).

Exercise: Stretching, Yoga, Pilates, Spinning, Elliptical/upper body workout, walking.

Medical Test Results: 4 Jan 2017 Homeopathic Treatment starts 24 Feb 2017 Started weight loss program 24 Mar 2017 Naturopathic Treatment + anti-Candida diet started due to suspected Candida Related Complex (CRC). DETOXED for 7 weeks to "re-set" gut. April 2017 "Genova Diagnostics" Comprehensive Stool Analysis NEGATIVE; Full Blood Count (Normal) / Blood Cholesterol: 5.6 (Borderline) / Blood Sugar (Normal) / 28 Jun 2017 FSH 8.2 / 14 Nov 2017 FSH 17.7 Dec 2017 Blood Cholesterol: 3.9 (Normal) / Kidney Function (Normal) / Blood Sugar (Normal). December 2017 "Genova Diagnostics" Food panel allergy (bloodwork) analysis - a few "VERY LOW/VL" allergens; Mar 2018 "Genova Diagnostics" SIBO urine analysis: High Level of Yeast/fungal markers found in small intestine but NO SIBO.  April 2018 Thyroid (Normal) / Full Blood Count (Normal) / FSH (Normal). 16 April 2018 Started anti-Candida diet - 3 month protocol.   25 March 2020 All test results "Normal". CRP" 5 mg/L (normal range to 0-5 mg/L).

Symptoms:  Flu-like symptoms, anxiety, anhedonia, sinus headaches right-side (severe), IBS issues/reflux (severe)**, tinnitus, fatigue, inner tremor, nausea, chills/hot flushes, pounding heart, muscular issues including stiff left hip flexor, intense anger, PSSD (ongoing).  **Histhamine intolerance (suspected).

 

Major Life Events: 

Re-located to UK from Canada: Jan 2016

My father died: 5:05pm, Monday 5 Feb 2018 Last Lexapro dose: 16 April 2018 (its now been over a year since I quit ADs)

Moved house: Friday 23rd February 2018  "Divorced" toxic Mother: Monday 26 March 2018 Starting working again: 19 November 2018

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Thanks @Junglechicken for the reply. What are you taking right now, if you don't mind me asking? The difficulty is that I'm not eating unhealthily. "Yeah right!" people might say, but I know for a fact (because I track, have always tracked) that I'm eating exactly what I was before taking the Mirt and have always been a size 8 to 10. So short of literally starving myself to the point of not being able to lead a normal/healthy life, there is nothing I can do about it. It's really hard! I'm just praying that as I start to get towards the lower doses (eg 2mg) that the weight might start to come off, but I would really like to hear from others who have tapered what their experiences were.


  • 2010 - 2017: 25mg Sertraline, with numerous failed attempts to come off
  • Feb - May 2017: drug free woooooh 😁
  • May 2017 - June 2019: 25mg Sertraline
  • June 2019: Mirtazapine, 15mg to 30mg then back down to 22.5mg
  • June 2019: also switched from Sertraline 25mg to Escitalopram 7.5mg
  • July 4 2019: attempted first (too quick) Mirt taper from 22.5mg to 5mg within 16 days. Day 16 horrific WD hit, reinstated at 15mg
  • July 31 2019 - ongoing: Tapering the Mirt at 10-12%% every 3 weeks ever since without any major WD
  • Jan 2020: Tapered the Escitalopram from 7.5mg to 6.25mg 
  • Feb 2020: Switched to liquid Escitalopram 6.25mg
  • Apr 2020: Through taper had successfully reached 2.9mg of Mirtazapine and 5.8mg Escitalopram
  • May 2020: Relapse of insomnia and subsequent panic disorder (insomnia triggered by emotional / traumatic event, NOT from WD) 
  • May 2020: Under Psych guidance increased Mirt to 6mg and began to taper up the Escitalopram also with the intention of reaching 10mg
  • May-mid July: Continued slow taper down of Mirt, got back down to 4.8mg
  • Mid July-early Aug: Erratic insomnia and panic disorder triggered by (1) hormones and (2) Escitalopram increase side effects. Erratic increasing of Mirt to try and cope
  • Mid Aug - stabilised at 18.75mg Mirt. Intend to drop to 15mg in 4 weeks time and then hold for a while. Also planning to switch from Escitalopram back to Sertraline, which caused far fewer side effects and worked well for me

 

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IWantToHeal

I was taking Sertraline 100MG for about 8 months and in the last month or two I started to put on weight.

 

I stopped taking it cold turkey and now the weight won't seem to budge. I don't even eat a lot of calories and I exercise fairly regularly. My routine hasn't changed much in that regard, infact I used to be able to pig out on a lot of food prior to sertraline and in the first few months of taking it and have no weight gain from it. Even if I did get slight weight gain it was easily resolved by hitting the gym harder the next day and reducing my calorie intake.

 

The scary thing about this 20 pounds I've gained is it seems resistant to any efforts I make to reduce my weight. I try exercising more intensely and reducing carbs and reducing overall calories. I've tried intermittent fasting. None of it seems to have any effect. It's not the only withdrawal symptom I've had I've been plagued with a host of issues since stopping so I can't say I am surprised.... I just hope this resolves itself at some point.

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EDIT: I might add it's been 5 months since my last dose. And I've been steadily gaining weight since.

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On 11/30/2015 at 4:37 AM, klh39v said:

What do you folks suggest with chronic Abd pain?

I'm losing weight. I've had to start the scd beyond intro diet doing mono meals because of digestive issues and chronic pain ...like spasms and gastritis at times..always in my gallbladder area...

Is there anything to calm the gut or gallbladder down?

I can't do any dairy right now and am trying to see what foods I can tolerate.

No dgl because its a dao enzyme blocker.. I'm struggling with some histamine issues as well

 

Hi,

 

How are you now? Have your GI issues subsided as it's now been 5 yrs?

 

I turn 46 this year, and out-of-the-blue horrible GI issues kicked off last week.

 

Were they WD related and/or peri-meno/menopause?

 

I suspect mine are a combination of both, and I am 18 months off Lexapro, and I had the coil fitted beginning Aug last year.

 


Dose History: 19 Feb 2014 - Escitalopram 10mg daily June 2015 - Started taper, 5mg every other day July 2015 - 5mg every 2 days August 2015 - 5mg every 3 days September 2015 - 5mg every 4 days Sept 14th - Completed tapering, but at 7 weeks "drug free" I suffered serious WD symptoms as a consequence of "incorrect" tapering. Nov 25 2015 - Re-instated Cipralex @ 2.5mg daily. WD symptoms faded. Held at this dose and experienced "windows and waves". 12 Oct 2017 Reduced dose to 1.25mg. 13 Mar 2018 Reduced dose to 0.625mg (approx.). 16 April 2018 0mg. Windows and waves triggered by stress (IBS/reflux, headaches, sinus issues) Aug 2019 Mirena coil fitted 6 Jan 2020 MAJOR Wave hit 19 months following last dose (protracted WD).  Symptoms listed below Mar 2020 Mirena coil removal.

Therapy: Nov 15th 2016 Re-started therapy Jan 19th 2017 Started CBT Dec 2017 Started listening to Hypnotherapy CD (self-esteem). Nov 2019 Started couples therapy.

Supplements: "Bioglan" Biotic Balance Ultimate Flora 10 billion CFU, live Bacteria, Probiotic, suitable for Vegetarians, with Lactobacillus Acidophilus, Lactobacillus Rhamnosus, Bifidobacterium Longum"Pukka" Vitalise a unique blend of 30 energising botanicals.

Diet: 16 April 2018 Detox cleanse / anti-candida for 90 days. Jan 2020 Started "small plate" diet (i.e child size portions).

Exercise: Stretching, Yoga, Pilates, Spinning, Elliptical/upper body workout, walking.

Medical Test Results: 4 Jan 2017 Homeopathic Treatment starts 24 Feb 2017 Started weight loss program 24 Mar 2017 Naturopathic Treatment + anti-Candida diet started due to suspected Candida Related Complex (CRC). DETOXED for 7 weeks to "re-set" gut. April 2017 "Genova Diagnostics" Comprehensive Stool Analysis NEGATIVE; Full Blood Count (Normal) / Blood Cholesterol: 5.6 (Borderline) / Blood Sugar (Normal) / 28 Jun 2017 FSH 8.2 / 14 Nov 2017 FSH 17.7 Dec 2017 Blood Cholesterol: 3.9 (Normal) / Kidney Function (Normal) / Blood Sugar (Normal). December 2017 "Genova Diagnostics" Food panel allergy (bloodwork) analysis - a few "VERY LOW/VL" allergens; Mar 2018 "Genova Diagnostics" SIBO urine analysis: High Level of Yeast/fungal markers found in small intestine but NO SIBO.  April 2018 Thyroid (Normal) / Full Blood Count (Normal) / FSH (Normal). 16 April 2018 Started anti-Candida diet - 3 month protocol.   25 March 2020 All test results "Normal". CRP" 5 mg/L (normal range to 0-5 mg/L).

Symptoms:  Flu-like symptoms, anxiety, anhedonia, sinus headaches right-side (severe), IBS issues/reflux (severe)**, tinnitus, fatigue, inner tremor, nausea, chills/hot flushes, pounding heart, muscular issues including stiff left hip flexor, intense anger, PSSD (ongoing).  **Histhamine intolerance (suspected).

 

Major Life Events: 

Re-located to UK from Canada: Jan 2016

My father died: 5:05pm, Monday 5 Feb 2018 Last Lexapro dose: 16 April 2018 (its now been over a year since I quit ADs)

Moved house: Friday 23rd February 2018  "Divorced" toxic Mother: Monday 26 March 2018 Starting working again: 19 November 2018

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I'm really struggling with weight loss.

 

The gut issues and mirena coil (between them), are getting in the way of steady weight loss.

 

Considering having the coil removed as I think it has contributed to my gut problems.

 

As a footnote, whilst on Lexapro, I gained 3Ibs a week for the 1.6 months I was at full dose.

 

I had pretty much stopped eating before being medicated.  Even the doctor commented on how skinny I had become.  My weight dropped below 9st.

 

Same thing happened when we returned to the UK.  Stopped eating due to stress and akathesia.  Weight dropped below 9st.

 

Now I cannot lose it all!

 

 


Dose History: 19 Feb 2014 - Escitalopram 10mg daily June 2015 - Started taper, 5mg every other day July 2015 - 5mg every 2 days August 2015 - 5mg every 3 days September 2015 - 5mg every 4 days Sept 14th - Completed tapering, but at 7 weeks "drug free" I suffered serious WD symptoms as a consequence of "incorrect" tapering. Nov 25 2015 - Re-instated Cipralex @ 2.5mg daily. WD symptoms faded. Held at this dose and experienced "windows and waves". 12 Oct 2017 Reduced dose to 1.25mg. 13 Mar 2018 Reduced dose to 0.625mg (approx.). 16 April 2018 0mg. Windows and waves triggered by stress (IBS/reflux, headaches, sinus issues) Aug 2019 Mirena coil fitted 6 Jan 2020 MAJOR Wave hit 19 months following last dose (protracted WD).  Symptoms listed below Mar 2020 Mirena coil removal.

Therapy: Nov 15th 2016 Re-started therapy Jan 19th 2017 Started CBT Dec 2017 Started listening to Hypnotherapy CD (self-esteem). Nov 2019 Started couples therapy.

Supplements: "Bioglan" Biotic Balance Ultimate Flora 10 billion CFU, live Bacteria, Probiotic, suitable for Vegetarians, with Lactobacillus Acidophilus, Lactobacillus Rhamnosus, Bifidobacterium Longum"Pukka" Vitalise a unique blend of 30 energising botanicals.

Diet: 16 April 2018 Detox cleanse / anti-candida for 90 days. Jan 2020 Started "small plate" diet (i.e child size portions).

Exercise: Stretching, Yoga, Pilates, Spinning, Elliptical/upper body workout, walking.

Medical Test Results: 4 Jan 2017 Homeopathic Treatment starts 24 Feb 2017 Started weight loss program 24 Mar 2017 Naturopathic Treatment + anti-Candida diet started due to suspected Candida Related Complex (CRC). DETOXED for 7 weeks to "re-set" gut. April 2017 "Genova Diagnostics" Comprehensive Stool Analysis NEGATIVE; Full Blood Count (Normal) / Blood Cholesterol: 5.6 (Borderline) / Blood Sugar (Normal) / 28 Jun 2017 FSH 8.2 / 14 Nov 2017 FSH 17.7 Dec 2017 Blood Cholesterol: 3.9 (Normal) / Kidney Function (Normal) / Blood Sugar (Normal). December 2017 "Genova Diagnostics" Food panel allergy (bloodwork) analysis - a few "VERY LOW/VL" allergens; Mar 2018 "Genova Diagnostics" SIBO urine analysis: High Level of Yeast/fungal markers found in small intestine but NO SIBO.  April 2018 Thyroid (Normal) / Full Blood Count (Normal) / FSH (Normal). 16 April 2018 Started anti-Candida diet - 3 month protocol.   25 March 2020 All test results "Normal". CRP" 5 mg/L (normal range to 0-5 mg/L).

Symptoms:  Flu-like symptoms, anxiety, anhedonia, sinus headaches right-side (severe), IBS issues/reflux (severe)**, tinnitus, fatigue, inner tremor, nausea, chills/hot flushes, pounding heart, muscular issues including stiff left hip flexor, intense anger, PSSD (ongoing).  **Histhamine intolerance (suspected).

 

Major Life Events: 

Re-located to UK from Canada: Jan 2016

My father died: 5:05pm, Monday 5 Feb 2018 Last Lexapro dose: 16 April 2018 (its now been over a year since I quit ADs)

Moved house: Friday 23rd February 2018  "Divorced" toxic Mother: Monday 26 March 2018 Starting working again: 19 November 2018

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Giulietta

Hello Jungle Chicken,

 

I'm sorry your having trouble losing weight. It came on and it can and will come off!

 

Weight management is frustrating. I didn't read your thread because I don't have time. I want to a) support and b) maybe give you some helpful ideas.

 

First, mine has gone up and down since a teen-ager. Part of this is because I have taken medications for which weight gain is a side effect. On depakote I gained about 15 pounds that I could not take off until I stopped the medication. Lamotrigine which I take in high dosages may affect weight in thre reverse way and I have periods/days when food is unappealing and I have anxiety about am I eating enough, am I eating the right things, etc. Am I eating too much? Eke. I have just tried to relax a bout it now and evaluate how clothes fit, etc.

 

Between that time and 2018 - my weight has gone up and down -  due to food intake and medications.  From mid- July 2018 to early Dec 2018 I lost more than 25#. In Jan-Feb I lost about 4-5#. How I did this /circumstances below:

 

Losing 25#: I did this by cutting calories back to about 1200  a day. I exercised every day. I accomplished this in about 4 months. I wrote everything down - including portion size and calories (duh). This was too fast. 1400 cal would have been better.

 

The  next 4-5# were  unintentional.  I did this by eating a low carbohydrate/high fiber diet (following medical advice to reduce blood sugar. At the same time I had CT'd from cymbalta/duloxertine so my anxiety increased!    I at this time weighed about 118#. MD advisedc me not to lose anothere pound.  When you increase your fiber and eliminate added sugar and products that are not whole grains - you will naturally lose weight. MD freaked out.

 

That all being said I have gained about 5# back because of eating more. Appetite still fluctuates and I am still anxoius about. I have to lose about 2# now - and can do so by cutting out refined carbs (and getting less caloreis). MD scale is wrong. It says I weigh 118-119 but I think I am cloesr to 120.

 

I'm sorry your having trouble losing weight. It came on and it can and will come off!

 

Hugs,

G.

 

 


2014-present  Lamotrigine ER 600 mg (sz)

2000 - present  Clonazepam 1 mg (.25 mg am;.75 mg pm)

2000 - present  Gabapentin 1000 mg (sz)

2014-2019   Lisinopril 2.5 mg

2010-present Lorazepam/Ativan .5 mg prn only  (sz)

 

2005-2018/19   Assorted SSRIs taken intermittently, incl. dulox.

(6/2015-4/2020) Unwitting 20 mg duloxetine CT Dec 2018. Prev. CT from 20 mg  9/2018.

Suplmnts:  omega 3 fatty acid, CoQ10,  Calcium  Citrate with Vit D3/Mages.

I am not a medical professional. My comments are not medical advice.  They  are based on personal experience.

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3 hours ago, Guilietta said:

Hello Jungle Chicken,

 

I'm sorry your having trouble losing weight. It came on and it can and will come off!

 

Weight management is frustrating. I didn't read your thread because I don't have time. I want to a) support and b) maybe give you some helpful ideas.

 

First, mine has gone up and down since a teen-ager. Part of this is because I have taken medications for which weight gain is a side effect. On depakote I gained about 15 pounds that I could not take off until I stopped the medication. Lamotrigine which I take in high dosages may affect weight in thre reverse way and I have periods/days when food is unappealing and I have anxiety about am I eating enough, am I eating the right things, etc. Am I eating too much? Eke. I have just tried to relax a bout it now and evaluate how clothes fit, etc.

 

Between that time and 2018 - my weight has gone up and down -  due to food intake and medications.  From mid- July 2018 to early Dec 2018 I lost more than 25#. In Jan-Feb I lost about 4-5#. How I did this /circumstances below:

 

Losing 25#: I did this by cutting calories back to about 1200  a day. I exercised every day. I accomplished this in about 4 months. I wrote everything down - including portion size and calories (duh). This was too fast. 1400 cal would have been better.

 

The  next 4-5# were  unintentional.  I did this by eating a low carbohydrate/high fiber diet (following medical advice to reduce blood sugar. At the same time I had CT'd from cymbalta/duloxertine so my anxiety increased!    I at this time weighed about 118#. MD advisedc me not to lose anothere pound.  When you increase your fiber and eliminate added sugar and products that are not whole grains - you will naturally lose weight. MD freaked out.

 

That all being said I have gained about 5# back because of eating more. Appetite still fluctuates and I am still anxoius about. I have to lose about 2# now - and can do so by cutting out refined carbs (and getting less caloreis). MD scale is wrong. It says I weigh 118-119 but I think I am cloesr to 120.

 

I'm sorry your having trouble losing weight. It came on and it can and will come off!

 

Hugs,

G.

 

 

 

Thanks G,

 

Your support is much appreciated!!

 

I have read many accounts of women who had the coil fitted, and experienced GI issues and weight gain.  When they had it removed, the weight fell off very quickly with little effort.

 

The diets you mention are worth trying as well, so thank you for your input.

 

I'll be relieved to find out what's going on in my gut.  Today has been a "good" day, amazingly.

 

Bye for now,

JC


Dose History: 19 Feb 2014 - Escitalopram 10mg daily June 2015 - Started taper, 5mg every other day July 2015 - 5mg every 2 days August 2015 - 5mg every 3 days September 2015 - 5mg every 4 days Sept 14th - Completed tapering, but at 7 weeks "drug free" I suffered serious WD symptoms as a consequence of "incorrect" tapering. Nov 25 2015 - Re-instated Cipralex @ 2.5mg daily. WD symptoms faded. Held at this dose and experienced "windows and waves". 12 Oct 2017 Reduced dose to 1.25mg. 13 Mar 2018 Reduced dose to 0.625mg (approx.). 16 April 2018 0mg. Windows and waves triggered by stress (IBS/reflux, headaches, sinus issues) Aug 2019 Mirena coil fitted 6 Jan 2020 MAJOR Wave hit 19 months following last dose (protracted WD).  Symptoms listed below Mar 2020 Mirena coil removal.

Therapy: Nov 15th 2016 Re-started therapy Jan 19th 2017 Started CBT Dec 2017 Started listening to Hypnotherapy CD (self-esteem). Nov 2019 Started couples therapy.

Supplements: "Bioglan" Biotic Balance Ultimate Flora 10 billion CFU, live Bacteria, Probiotic, suitable for Vegetarians, with Lactobacillus Acidophilus, Lactobacillus Rhamnosus, Bifidobacterium Longum"Pukka" Vitalise a unique blend of 30 energising botanicals.

Diet: 16 April 2018 Detox cleanse / anti-candida for 90 days. Jan 2020 Started "small plate" diet (i.e child size portions).

Exercise: Stretching, Yoga, Pilates, Spinning, Elliptical/upper body workout, walking.

Medical Test Results: 4 Jan 2017 Homeopathic Treatment starts 24 Feb 2017 Started weight loss program 24 Mar 2017 Naturopathic Treatment + anti-Candida diet started due to suspected Candida Related Complex (CRC). DETOXED for 7 weeks to "re-set" gut. April 2017 "Genova Diagnostics" Comprehensive Stool Analysis NEGATIVE; Full Blood Count (Normal) / Blood Cholesterol: 5.6 (Borderline) / Blood Sugar (Normal) / 28 Jun 2017 FSH 8.2 / 14 Nov 2017 FSH 17.7 Dec 2017 Blood Cholesterol: 3.9 (Normal) / Kidney Function (Normal) / Blood Sugar (Normal). December 2017 "Genova Diagnostics" Food panel allergy (bloodwork) analysis - a few "VERY LOW/VL" allergens; Mar 2018 "Genova Diagnostics" SIBO urine analysis: High Level of Yeast/fungal markers found in small intestine but NO SIBO.  April 2018 Thyroid (Normal) / Full Blood Count (Normal) / FSH (Normal). 16 April 2018 Started anti-Candida diet - 3 month protocol.   25 March 2020 All test results "Normal". CRP" 5 mg/L (normal range to 0-5 mg/L).

Symptoms:  Flu-like symptoms, anxiety, anhedonia, sinus headaches right-side (severe), IBS issues/reflux (severe)**, tinnitus, fatigue, inner tremor, nausea, chills/hot flushes, pounding heart, muscular issues including stiff left hip flexor, intense anger, PSSD (ongoing).  **Histhamine intolerance (suspected).

 

Major Life Events: 

Re-located to UK from Canada: Jan 2016

My father died: 5:05pm, Monday 5 Feb 2018 Last Lexapro dose: 16 April 2018 (its now been over a year since I quit ADs)

Moved house: Friday 23rd February 2018  "Divorced" toxic Mother: Monday 26 March 2018 Starting working again: 19 November 2018

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Hi JC,

 

Interesting about the coil. Does it take time for your body to adjust I wonder? I have no idea how it impacts hormone balance/imbalance.

 

You are most welcome re: food intake.  If you want more info - it's free! 😉

 

G.


2014-present  Lamotrigine ER 600 mg (sz)

2000 - present  Clonazepam 1 mg (.25 mg am;.75 mg pm)

2000 - present  Gabapentin 1000 mg (sz)

2014-2019   Lisinopril 2.5 mg

2010-present Lorazepam/Ativan .5 mg prn only  (sz)

 

2005-2018/19   Assorted SSRIs taken intermittently, incl. dulox.

(6/2015-4/2020) Unwitting 20 mg duloxetine CT Dec 2018. Prev. CT from 20 mg  9/2018.

Suplmnts:  omega 3 fatty acid, CoQ10,  Calcium  Citrate with Vit D3/Mages.

I am not a medical professional. My comments are not medical advice.  They  are based on personal experience.

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7 minutes ago, Guilietta said:

Hi JC,

 

Interesting about the coil. Does it take time for your body to adjust I wonder? I have no idea how it impacts hormone balance/imbalance.

 

You are most welcome re: food intake.  If you want more info - it's free! 😉

 

G.

 

As with any medication, there are always side effects.  Some people are affected more than others....ring any bells?!?

 

The coil deposits a tiny dose of hormone into the lining of the womb on a daily basis.  The result being very light to no periods.

 

Anyway, enough said on that, but I think it's partially to blame for my weight loss issues.

 

 

 

 

 


Dose History: 19 Feb 2014 - Escitalopram 10mg daily June 2015 - Started taper, 5mg every other day July 2015 - 5mg every 2 days August 2015 - 5mg every 3 days September 2015 - 5mg every 4 days Sept 14th - Completed tapering, but at 7 weeks "drug free" I suffered serious WD symptoms as a consequence of "incorrect" tapering. Nov 25 2015 - Re-instated Cipralex @ 2.5mg daily. WD symptoms faded. Held at this dose and experienced "windows and waves". 12 Oct 2017 Reduced dose to 1.25mg. 13 Mar 2018 Reduced dose to 0.625mg (approx.). 16 April 2018 0mg. Windows and waves triggered by stress (IBS/reflux, headaches, sinus issues) Aug 2019 Mirena coil fitted 6 Jan 2020 MAJOR Wave hit 19 months following last dose (protracted WD).  Symptoms listed below Mar 2020 Mirena coil removal.

Therapy: Nov 15th 2016 Re-started therapy Jan 19th 2017 Started CBT Dec 2017 Started listening to Hypnotherapy CD (self-esteem). Nov 2019 Started couples therapy.

Supplements: "Bioglan" Biotic Balance Ultimate Flora 10 billion CFU, live Bacteria, Probiotic, suitable for Vegetarians, with Lactobacillus Acidophilus, Lactobacillus Rhamnosus, Bifidobacterium Longum"Pukka" Vitalise a unique blend of 30 energising botanicals.

Diet: 16 April 2018 Detox cleanse / anti-candida for 90 days. Jan 2020 Started "small plate" diet (i.e child size portions).

Exercise: Stretching, Yoga, Pilates, Spinning, Elliptical/upper body workout, walking.

Medical Test Results: 4 Jan 2017 Homeopathic Treatment starts 24 Feb 2017 Started weight loss program 24 Mar 2017 Naturopathic Treatment + anti-Candida diet started due to suspected Candida Related Complex (CRC). DETOXED for 7 weeks to "re-set" gut. April 2017 "Genova Diagnostics" Comprehensive Stool Analysis NEGATIVE; Full Blood Count (Normal) / Blood Cholesterol: 5.6 (Borderline) / Blood Sugar (Normal) / 28 Jun 2017 FSH 8.2 / 14 Nov 2017 FSH 17.7 Dec 2017 Blood Cholesterol: 3.9 (Normal) / Kidney Function (Normal) / Blood Sugar (Normal). December 2017 "Genova Diagnostics" Food panel allergy (bloodwork) analysis - a few "VERY LOW/VL" allergens; Mar 2018 "Genova Diagnostics" SIBO urine analysis: High Level of Yeast/fungal markers found in small intestine but NO SIBO.  April 2018 Thyroid (Normal) / Full Blood Count (Normal) / FSH (Normal). 16 April 2018 Started anti-Candida diet - 3 month protocol.   25 March 2020 All test results "Normal". CRP" 5 mg/L (normal range to 0-5 mg/L).

Symptoms:  Flu-like symptoms, anxiety, anhedonia, sinus headaches right-side (severe), IBS issues/reflux (severe)**, tinnitus, fatigue, inner tremor, nausea, chills/hot flushes, pounding heart, muscular issues including stiff left hip flexor, intense anger, PSSD (ongoing).  **Histhamine intolerance (suspected).

 

Major Life Events: 

Re-located to UK from Canada: Jan 2016

My father died: 5:05pm, Monday 5 Feb 2018 Last Lexapro dose: 16 April 2018 (its now been over a year since I quit ADs)

Moved house: Friday 23rd February 2018  "Divorced" toxic Mother: Monday 26 March 2018 Starting working again: 19 November 2018

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Just now, Junglechicken said:

As with any medication, there are always side effects.  Some people are affected more than others....ring any bells?!?

 

I belong to this exclusive club, too. 🙂

 

Hugs to you


2014-present  Lamotrigine ER 600 mg (sz)

2000 - present  Clonazepam 1 mg (.25 mg am;.75 mg pm)

2000 - present  Gabapentin 1000 mg (sz)

2014-2019   Lisinopril 2.5 mg

2010-present Lorazepam/Ativan .5 mg prn only  (sz)

 

2005-2018/19   Assorted SSRIs taken intermittently, incl. dulox.

(6/2015-4/2020) Unwitting 20 mg duloxetine CT Dec 2018. Prev. CT from 20 mg  9/2018.

Suplmnts:  omega 3 fatty acid, CoQ10,  Calcium  Citrate with Vit D3/Mages.

I am not a medical professional. My comments are not medical advice.  They  are based on personal experience.

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Hi

 

Has anyone successfully managed to lose weight or excercise following an adverse reaction? Mine was an instant reaction after 5 days or so of citalopram. I have since gained almost 2 stone which I am finding impossible to lose. I managed low carb for a month but it was to hard to maintain. 

 

I also cannot excercise, even a low amount of physical excercise leaves me with a horrible migraine for days. 

 

It has been almost 14 months since my reaction and I am getting back to normal but I am starting to feel depressed with the weight gain and inability to lose weight.

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29 minutes ago, keogh08 said:

Hi

 

Has anyone successfully managed to lose weight or excercise following an adverse reaction? Mine was an instant reaction after 5 days or so of citalopram. I have since gained almost 2 stone which I am finding impossible to lose. I managed low carb for a month but it was to hard to maintain. 

 

I also cannot excercise, even a low amount of physical excercise leaves me with a horrible migraine for days. 

 

It has been almost 14 months since my reaction and I am getting back to normal but I am starting to feel depressed with the weight gain and inability to lose weight.

I managed to lose weight while I was tapering off of Lexapro.  In fact, getting mostly off this drug is probably what helped me lose weight.  However, I did follow a diet and exercise plan.  I have also been walking 45 minutes to an hour per day.  The walking helps in so many ways.  I believe it helps my brain, and it is soothing and relaxing, and I feel so much better afterwards.  Jennifer 


Lexapro   April02 - Aug17: 10 mg,  ***  Aug17 - Sept17: 5 mg ***  Sept17 - Nov17:  2.5 mg,  ***  Nov17: 0 mg, ***   Dec17 - Aug18: 5 mg  ***    Aug/1/18 - Aug/30/18: 2.5 mg     *** Sep/1/18 - Sep/27/18:  1.25 mg. ***   Sep/28/18 - Oct/31/18:  2.5 mg,  ***  Nov/1/18 - Nov/15/18: 1.25 mg  ***   Nov/16/18 - Nov/30/18: 2.5 mg  ***   Dec/1/18 - Dec/27/18: 2.0 mg (switched to liquid)  ***    Dec/27/18 - Jan/31/19: 1.5 mg ***    Feb/1/19 - Feb/20/19: 1.0 mg  ***  Feb/21/19 - Mar/7/19: 0.5 mg  ***  Mar/8/19 - May/03/19: 0.8 mg ***   May/04/19 - May/13/19 0.7 mg ***  May/14/19 - May/24/19 0.6 mg *** May/25/19 - June/05/19. 0.5 mg *** June/06/19 - July/19/19 0.4 mg. ***  July/20/19 - Sep 14 2019 0.3 mg.  ***  Sep 15 2019 - Oct 21 2019 0.27 mg. *** Oct 22 2019 - Jan 18 2020 - 0.23 mg. *** Jan 19 2020 - April 1 2020 0.2 mg  ***  April 2 2020 - July 15 2020 0.18 mg *** July 16 2020 - August 22 0.17 mg, August 23 -- Oct 6 0.16 mg, Oct 7 - Nov 7 0.15 mg, Nov 8 - present 0.14

Trazodone.  used 50 mg once every 4-7 days for sleep, have discontinued altogether as of 12/23/19

Xanax. used 0.5 mg once every 4-7 days for sleep, have discontinued altogether as of 12/23/19 

When I cannot go to sleep, I take Benadryl 50 mg, Ibuprofen 800 mg, or Tylenol 1000 mg

other meds: Levothyroxine 75 mag. in AM 1/2 hour before breakfast with 24 ounces water

supplements AM: omega 3 fish oil, flax seed oil, natural multivitamin, vitamin C, vitamin E

supplements PM: Natural Calm magnesium 350 mg, GABA 750 mg, 5-HTP 50 mg. Estroven Sleep Cool and Calm (contains black cohosh 40 mg, soy isoflavones 56 mg) melatonin 3 mg

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keogh08

Thank you for getting back to me.

 

As I only took the medication for 5 days I'm finding it's not as straight forward for me.

 

Did you have any issues with exercising like headaches afterwards even though the workout is not that strenuous?

 

My water intake is really good so I know it is not dehydration. 

 

I am a regular Walker as I dont drive, so I dont think my body recognises this to help aid weightloss..its starting to become really frustrating.

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@keogh08 Hi, I didn’t have an adverse reaction, but I’ve also gain weighted in withdrawal since my symptoms can make it hard to get much movement as I used to. I read that you get headaches after cardio but you are almost healed! (Wuwuw!) what I would think that could help is focusing on your nutrition, (it’s possible to loose weight without much exercise as long as you’re in a deficit). Anyways, if this is not possible, maybe try to just wait until the headache symptom subsides and started exercise again. Don’t put too much pressure on yourself for the weight, you can always loose it once you’re fully healed. I know it’s hard, but you’ve come so far!


•august 2016- feb 2019: on and off SSRIs (fluoxetine and agomelatine) also unknown drug and clonazepam for a short amount of time 

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•January 25 2020: 50mg of setraline and clonazepam 1mg 

•March 2020: increase to 100mg of setraline

•May 2020:  stopped setraline, fast tapper 3 weeks. stopped clonazepam, according to how my psychiatrists told me. 

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