Paroxetine And Body Fat Help

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Hi, I had been on paroxetine 20 mg for about a month, and suddenly have like, a layer of fat on my belly that hasn't gone away. For more background, I started taking it probably a little more than a month and a half ago, and I started experiencing some extreme (for me) side effects that I had never experienced with anxiety or depression meds before, namely dizziness and feeling sleepy more often. I looked up other people's experiences to see if those were common side effects, and then saw people talking about how it made them gain a lot of weight. I'm 5' tall and about 95 lbs, and have never had any problems with weight before but just in case I made sure to start exercising more/longer (both cardio and muscle toning type stuff), cut down on sugar (and some other things in general, like mayonnaise), and if I needed to have a snack I've made sure it's something like carrots or fruit.

Despite that I might've gained like 1 pound, which that part really isn't a big deal, the part I'm worried about is that I've always had a toned stomach with barely any fat there at all and now there's this layer there. It mustn't be much because it's not visible unless I'm bending a certain way, but I can FEEL it and it feels so wrong. I've even been almost 10 pounds heavier before and never had that, so I'm kind of freaking out like what's going on and where is it coming from. It's one thing when your body changes gradually over time, but the idea that something can change it practically overnight and the thought of what if this is permanent is giving me some serious anxiety.

So I feel like I have been off it for a month (my estimations must be wrong somewhere, either I started it earlier than the end of July, or I've been off it for less than a month, not sure) so I guess it's not like I've given it that much time, but I'm just really worried about what to expect. Do I just need to wait longer for the drug to get out of my system? Or is it probably out of my system and my metabolism or whatever it is just needs some time to go back to normal? Is this likely a permanent change even though I've only been on it a month? Or is it just going to be really hard to lose it and I need to start doing some really intense exercising and diet changes? Also, since I'm guessing these things would make a difference, I'll mention I'm 28, have never had kids, and I take after the side of my family that genetically tend to be naturally thin. Any insight, advice, whatever would be helpful, thanks.

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Verwon Says:

Yes, it may take time for your body to return to normal, that is typical with most medications, according to FDA reports. You may also experience anxiety, pain, and rebound depression.

Additionally, just because most of your family is thin, that doesn't mean you always will be, and our bodies can change with time. While I am not as tiny as I was, when I was 28, I am still considered skinny and tiny at 46 and just 124 pounds.

Overall, it would be best to consider your BMI, and overall health, before going on any extreme diet, or exercise routine.

Has your doctor said there was a problem?

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