Can't lose weight on zoloft?

posted 8 months ago in Fitness
  • poll: Did Zoloft make you gain weight and prevent you from losing it?
    It made me gain weight and couldn't lose any weight while on it : (6 votes)
    55 %
    It made me gain weight, and I lost it after stopping it. : (1 votes)
    9 %
    It made me gain weight, but I was able to lose it while still on it. : (0 votes)
    It didn't make me gain any weight : (4 votes)
    36 %
  • Post # 2
    80 posts
    Worker bee

    Yes. I had always been thin (100lbs on a 5’4″ frame) but gained about 45 lbs on zoloft in my mid 20s. Could not lose any of it for a couple years while on it. I lost 25lbs relatively easily some time after stopping zoloft, I am pretty sure I could go back to 100-110 lbs but I got really into fitness and now I have lots more muscle and I’m stable at 120lbs.

    That being said, zoloft helped me get through a very difficult time, I would do it again if I needed it but now it has an almost hallucinatory side effect on me.

    Post # 3
    4156 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: January 2017

    mrsnovitski :  I never been on Zoloft.. but from what I heard from people who have.. everyone gains weight on it and has an impossible time losing it untill they get off it. Unfortunatelly. I have never heard of anyone who didn kot gain weight on Zoloft or anyone who didnt have a hard time loosing it while on Zoloft. Also from what I hear it absolutely kills everyones sex drive. 

    Post # 4
    130 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: September 2017

    I’ve never been on Zoloft but I started celexa about two or three months ago. Personally I lost ten lbs really fast on it and I’ve kept it off so far. It suppresses my appetite a lot so no complaints here 

    Post # 5
    189 posts
    Blushing bee

    I was prescribed Zoloft, but won’t take it due to what I have heard and read about weight gain…😟

    Post # 6
    4475 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: San Francisco City Hall

    I’ve been on a number of anti depressants including Zoloft and have found with all of them I gained and retained about 15lbs.  Its VERY hard for me to lose weight while on an anti depressant.  Part of the reason why I have weaned off most of my meds and am finding alternatives to managing my depression.  This includes therapy, exercise and diet change.

    Post # 7
    1975 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2017

    So I’m on a different SSRI called Lexapro, it’s more geared towards anxiety than depression but it still does help with that and there is less of a chance for weight gain. I’ve only been on it for two weeks but so far no extra pounds. 

    I wonder if you could talk to your health care provider about switching? It’s risky if you have been managed well by another drug but it could work too and have less side effects. 

    Post # 8
    1417 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    I eat clean and exercise – something I’ve always done and never seen any weight difference when on Zoloft. Before getting pregnant I was in my best shape when on the medication – lost 40 pounds without any issues. Also, my sex drive didn’t diminish but increased. I was pregnant while on the medication and continued the medication through my pregnancy and continued to have sex frequently. I am also bf on this medication and losing my baby weight at a steady pace. 

    Everyone reacts differently to different medications. Some people gain, some lose, some don’t see any difference. I always heard the weight gain with bcp but never experienced that either. 

    Getting off my medication is not an option for me. 

    Post # 9
    732 posts
    Busy bee

    I was on viibryd, a different ssri & gained 15 lbs…I weighed 100 lbs to begin with so 15 lbs is HUGE for someone like me (& I used to not gain d end if I tried). I started exercising & running 5 miles 5 days a week. I didn’t lose a single pound the entire 4 months I ran but I didn’t gain any then either. I got off it & switched to lexapro. I’m slowly losing weight now (I’m done 3-4 lbs). 

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