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Can taking Zoloft cause weight gain?

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Dr. Alexander H. Sheppe


Practicing since :2014

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Posted on Fri, 20 Jul 2018 in Mental Health
Question: Hi! I started zoloft 2 months ago, and i have sadly gained 6 lbs in this time. I have not changed any of my eating habits and exercise routine, I believe this is just from the medication itself. It somehow seems to make me retain a lot of water, and i am puffy and very bloated. Please help. Do you have any ideas on something I can do or take to make this better?
Answered by Dr. Alexander H. Sheppe 2 hours later
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Detailed Answer:
Hello, and thanks for your question.

Zoloft can sometimes cause weight gain, rarely more than 5 pounds. However, this weight gain can be effectively managed with diet and exercise. I recommend decreasing your caloric intake, and exercising at least 30 minutes a day 5 days a week. If you do these things, I would expect the weight to come off.

Dr. Sheppe
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