I was on prozac for about a year and it has helped a lot, me and my husband are now trying to have a baby so i stopped but unfortunately gained about 15lbs in 3 months! Didn't gain any while i was on it but as soon as i stopped the weight just kept on coming! Is this normal? When will i start to lose it?
If you stopped abruptly (cold turkey), and did not reduce the dose gradually, under medical supervision, you experienced withdrawal from this SSRI, and amongst them is weight gain, other withdrawals , so you know, are:
Insomnia, irritability, tiredness, headache, confusion, dizziness, etc.
With regards to the weight, I suggest eating healthy, exercising, talking to your prescriber and seeing a Nutritionist.
All the best,
If you didn't wean off according to the physician's instructions it's possible this is from that. This symptom along with pregnancy is a valid reason to bring it up to your Dr, as you may know, child bearing will also cause weight gain. See if your Doc has any suggestions as to all of these things,
Well, if you eat properly and exercise there is no way you gain weight.
The fact is: doesn't matter what the medicine does or doesn't, if you don't eat extra, then there is no way the kilograms will come into you.
Best of luck.
Note: Whole grain products, only have a little more fibers, which doesn't change the fact that they are still carbohydrates.
Hi yes I also have gained 3 kgs in 6 weeks after going off them! And I weaned off them. I exercise more and eat healthy, and I know all about muscle weighs more than fat as I'm a physio therapist . I'm long distance training. Very odd and frustrating but will preserver for 3 months and hope to lose weight and go back to normal !
Hi! I recently stopped taking prozac after being on it for a year, because I had moved out of state and simply... Became lazy to go to the doctors. I had mild withdrawals compared to lexapro- I GAINED 15lbs in 1 month after stopping... I feel horrible that it happened. I am having to take it again.
Yes you will gain weight. I gained 30 lbs after I stopped due to not having insurance for a year. Just got back on it . Changed no habits actually quit drinking and still gained. I’m not a doctor but nothing else was changed . You’d think I’d lose weight not drinking wine everyday 1-2 bottles
My son abruptly stopped taking Prozac (10 mg every other day). The doctor said on such a small dose he didn't have to taper down over time. He is 5'4" and his weight went from 122 to 150 in 1.5 months. Huge weight gain for someone his size. He looks like he swallowed a watermelon. His skin is very tight, and he said he feels like he is going to explode. He has been an avid runner and biker and health club enthusiasts for many years and those habits didn’t change. He is only now starting to have trouble keeping his exercise intensity up due to the recent and rapid weight gain. He has reduced his calories down to 500 – 800 per day and weight still going up. I would believe this would have to be fluid retention as his caloric intake seems to low and energy expenditure too high to increase body fat. Don’t let anyone tell you that weight gain is a simple math formula of calories in vs. calories out.
That is total hogwash. For some maybe, but not always the case. This weight gain is directly related to coming off the Prozac. Can only hope his body will re-adjust over time. If not, I believe this will have a very negative effect on his quality of life and health over time.
I stopped taking Flux. after 3 years as I felt it was hampering my quickness of thought. I just stopped and feel fine but have put on 7lb in 6 weeks. I am a U.S. size 4 and now am a U.S. size 8 and not at all looking myself. Reading these comments appears to confirm the cause. I notice that some of these comments were some months and years ago. Can someone indicate how long the weight gain lasted, whether the pace of gain tapered off...
Thanks very much! I'd appreciate any feedback. Doctor hasn't a clue.
I went off about 7 weeks ago and have been rapidly gaining weight too. I gained 18 lbs so far. My eating hasn't changed much and I've been more active recently because of the nice weather. I feel super swollen though. I'd like to know how long this is going to last as well. Thanks!
Anyone know if you go back on if the weight will come off again? Gained 14 lbs in a month.
I too was on Prozac / fluoxetine for 2-3 years. First 10 mg/day and then 20 mg. My doctor and I talked about a small study Recently showing a correlation between anti depressants and early onset dementia. I freaked about because I was finding myself having to read paragraphs over and over in books bc I couldn’t keep details straight. This was not stress induced either. I gradually weaned off the Prozac and weigh more now than I ever have (10-15 pounds more). I went off about 1-2 months ago. I’m 49 and have always been fit - long distance open water swimming and competitive cycling etc. Im stumped. I’m trying to accept this new normal, if that’s what it is, bc I’m not comfortable taking the Prozac again. I started after a long bout of caring for my mother when she had cancer. It did help at the time. I hate to say it but I’m so happy I’m not alone in this surprising side effect. But as long as we’re able to function well, our weight is just a number.
I stopped Prozac about a month ago and I’ve put on so much weight! I’m hungry every 2-3 hours which never happened before. I’m only eating healthy foods, stopped drinking alcohol and started exercising more but nothing seems to help. It’s all around my middle and I feel so thick and bloated. Has anyone lost the weight successfully yet?
Hi all!! I am genuinely releaved to find this post. I have been on 40mg fluoxetine/Prozac for nearly 12 years. I have reduced gradually over the last 4-5 months and in that time I’ve put on roughly 2lb a month. My weight is usually very stable but this 6lb increase means I have gone up a dress size so now none of my clothes fit. I have a tyre of fat around my tummy which I have never had before!!! I usually put weight on my hips and thighs. It’s such a shame because the weight gain is getting me down so much so that I’m nearly going to need antidepressants again to feel better!! I too am exercising more now and no difference and I’m also hungry nearly all of the time. I really appreciate all your comments. Maybe we could start a Facebook chat group to talk about how we are doing and if anyone starts to see the weight dropping? I feel like I could do with some support xx
I was taking Prozac for 3 months without any weight gain. I tapered off and then gained 6 pounds in a month after stopping the medication. My diet has not changed and my weight had been stable. I seem to still be gaining.
Does anyone have experience with how long this might last?
Hi, this is a very useful forum as I though it was only my body getting out of wak after stopping fluoxetine. I’ve been on-off for the past 5 years and each time I stop, my body turns against me. I have put a total of 10kg, 6 of these in the past 6 months. I am monitoring my calories with a fitness app, working out 4-6 times a week, consuming limited alcohol and sugars, but still the weight is totally stuck and rising. I feel ok-ish a few days after my period but then it all starts again: feeling ridiculously bloated, not sleeping, mood swings, feeling lethargic. I don’t want to start on fluoxetine again as all of the emotional symptoms I was taking it for, started getting worst instead of improving. It’s something I can’t quite understand, there are so many people with exactly the same symptoms but the manufacturers of the drugs don’t even seem to list this as a likely side effect.
Are there any health practitioners in this forum who might have a theory for this? Does fluoxetine cause a change in ormone production or does it severely compromise one’s metabolism? Is it permanent or would the body return to some sort of balance within a period of time? Any answers would be highly appreciated!
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