Anxiety Medications & Weight Gain

Anxiety Medications & Weight Gain

Anxiety Medications & weight gain often go hand in hand. When I started gaining weight, soon after I was prescribed Paxil, I discussed my concerns with my doctor. He acknowledged that weight gain is definitely a possible side affect of anxiety medications.  As disappointed as I was, I knew I couldn’t go off the medication that was finally making me feel less anxious and much happier.

The Next Thing You Know, It’s 6 Months Later and You’ve Packed on Thirty Pounds

It’s like a double edged sword. You start taking anxiety & depression medication and the next thing you know, it’s 6 months later and you’ve packed on thirty pounds.  You feel better from a mental health standpoint, but the extra weight is really getting you down.  Trying to lose the weight seems like an uphill battle and you are feeling very discouraged.  What would you do? Would you get off the medication and feel miserable, like you did before, or make the same decision I made and struggle with your weight constantly?

I Obsess About My Weight and Think About it Several Times a Day

Thirty pounds turned into fifty.  Fifteen years later, I am 100 pounds heavier than when I started the medication.  Being overweight controls me.  I obsess about my weight and think about it several times a day. I look in the mirror and am disgusted with myself.  How could I have let myself get this way? Am I ever going to look good and feel better about myself?  I have tried dieting hundreds of times, without success.  Each time I get more discouraged.

Several People I Know Have Experienced Similar Side Effects

Several people I know have experienced similar side effects while taking anti-anxiety medications.  If I was asked my opinion on whether someone suffering with anxiety or depression should take a medication, such as Paxil, I don’t know what I would advise them to do.  Medication has helped me in so many ways, but it has created a different type of battle in my life.

So that is my story about anxiety medications and weight gain.  I would love for you to share your thoughts.  Do you have a similar story or suggestions?  I look forward to hearing from you.