Erin Beck began writing professionally in 2008 as an opinion columnist for the West Virginia University student newspaper, "The Daily Athenaeum." She has worked in health promotion at the university and as a communications intern at the National Alliance on Mental Illness. She has a Bachelor of Science in journalism and a Master of Public Health, both from West Virginia University. View Full Profile Monitor your weight as soon as you begin taking Zoloft. Update your doctor regularly on any weight changes. Make dietary changes as soon as you notice even slight weight gain. Waiting too long will make the weight more difficult to lose. Eat carbohydrates by themselves to produce more serotonin. Based in Las Vegas, Tracii Hanes is a freelance writer specializing in health and psychology with over seven years of professional experience. She got her start as a news reporter and has since focused exclusively on freelance writing, contributing to websites like Wellsphere, Education Portal and more. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in communication arts from Southwestern Oklahoma State University. View Full Profile Weight loss is often preceded by appetite loss, nausea upon eating, and disinterest in food preparation and consumption. Reduced caloric intake and occasionally an increase in physical activity because of reduced depressive symptoms are usually the primary causes of weight loss in patients taking Zoloft. Increased appetite, binge eating, food cravings and preoccupation with food are commonly associated with weight gain in people who take Zoloft. Poor dietary choices, such as eating foods high in saturated fats and sugars, are a major cause of weight gain for many people.
Many people with depression have worked hard to treat their disease. You may attend therapy and take your antidepressants, only to find that the numbers on the scale are moving up and your clothes are not fitting like they used to. While you may feel better emotionally and mentally, you might also feel discouraged by your physical appearance or health. Some of this may be due to the connection between antidepressants and weight gain. It is not a side effect of every medication used to treat depression, and some are more associated with weight loss. However, any side effect—weight included—depends entirely on how your body reacts to the medication. It is possible that you will notice no change in weight or that you will swing in the opposite direction of what's typical, no matter which medication you take. Sertraline is a type of antidepressant known as a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI). It's often used to treat depression, and also sometimes panic attacks, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Sertraline helps many people recover from depression, and has fewer unwanted side effects than older antidepressants. Sertraline comes as tablets, which are available only on prescription. Sertraline can be taken by adults for depression or obsessive compulsive disorder. Sertraline can be taken by children aged 6 to 17, but only for obsessive compulsive disorder. Check with your doctor before starting to take sertraline if you: If you have diabetes, sertraline can make it more difficult to keep your blood sugar stable. You can choose to take sertraline at any time, as long as you stick to the same time every day.
Depression and Weight Issues - Has anyone lost while taking Zoloft. am taking 100 mg/day, have lost 73 lbs, and I'm at my goal weight. Cumulative dose-responses to the initiation of SSRI-therapy on circulating. ANCOVA revealed that sertraline prevented the 8% weight gain.