As some of you know, I've gained a ton of weight this past 6-12 months (probably almost 20 lbs on my 5'3" body at last count). I've started exercising 6 out of 7 days a week and I've cut back on snacks. I've reduced my insulin, figuring it would be better to have some highs then lots of lows to treat.
Then, driving to work today, I heard a story on NPR about 3 women trying to go off their anti-depressants. One said her SSRI had made her gain 100 lbs. WHAT?! I went on Celexa this past fall, and the dr. didn't mention weight gain as a side effect. When I asked my endo about the weight gain last week, she didn't believe me about my healthy eating and said I should join weight watchers. And, this whole time I've been blaming the steroid creams for a skin condition I have for the weight gain despite my dermatologist not believing me. But, now I'm thinking it was the anti-depressant! I did online research and apparently, it's a common side effect.
Because the weight is making me MORE depressed (10th college reunion in 2 weeks, can't fit into any dresses...), I'm going to try to start lowering my dose and wean off of the SSRI. I just CAN'T BELIEVE two doctors AND my therapist didn't mention this when I've been battling this unexplained weight gain. I feel so angry, esp after the endo implied it's my fault even though I kept telling her "I just feel like something's not right with me!" I found dozens of similar stories to mine after a 30 second search on Google!
Has anyone else had this side effect from an SSRI? Did you ever loose the weight? Otherwise, I just need someone to listen to my vent right now! Thanks!!