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Old 02-07-2008, 11:43 AM   #1
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do benzos make you lose weight...?

because in the last week i've been taking klonopin (prescribed 3-4 mg./day, i take about 1-1.5 mg./day) and i've lost 11 pounds without even trying. does this stuff make you lose weight? i'm already kind of underweight and i'm not even trying! anyone else ever heard of this?
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Re: do benzos make you lose weight...?

It can cause weight loss or gain. Did you gain weight while you were on Paxil?
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Old 02-07-2008, 11:52 AM   #3
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Re: do benzos make you lose weight...?

yeah, actually, i was only on paxil for 6 weeks and i gained 15 pounds without altering my diet or exercise routines.
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Old 02-07-2008, 11:54 AM   #4
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Re: do benzos make you lose weight...?

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Did you gain weight while you were on Paxil?
Oh! Dont answer that question! If you say no, then alot of ladies here are going to get really ticked off! LOL.

Hey wait....I gained 15 lb as well.....
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Old 02-07-2008, 11:55 AM   #5
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Re: do benzos make you lose weight...?

Your body may be releasing what it held onto while on Paxil. It can sneak up on us.
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Old 02-07-2008, 11:55 AM   #6
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Oops...My post was too late.

But, you answered in the "right" way so there should be no rukus in here! LOL
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Larry...stinker.
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Re: do benzos make you lose weight...?

klonopin seems to diminish my appetite a bit, but still... 11 pounds in one week, that's kind of ridiculous, don't you think? is this totally unheard of?
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Old 02-07-2008, 11:56 AM   #9
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Re: do benzos make you lose weight...?

well between going off paxil and going on benzos i already lost the weight from the paxil... sorry... lol
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heh I understood.

Still could be a "flush" of sorts happening. You don't have any other symptoms, do you?

Not totally unheard of. I lost 7 pounds in one day just from a water pill. System flush that I apparently needed desperately.
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Re: do benzos make you lose weight...?

I actually lost weight when I first started taking Paxil. A year later....ballooned.
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Old 02-07-2008, 12:01 PM   #12
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I actually lost weight when I first started taking Paxil. A year later....ballooned.
But...tell the rest of the story Laurie!

The "balloon" is now just a little deflated piece of rubber!
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Old 02-07-2008, 12:03 PM   #13
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Re: do benzos make you lose weight...?

no other symptoms, i still do my yoga and pilates and i eat ridiculously healthy, i'm completely vegan. haven't changed anything and WHOOSH all my clothes are too big now within a week! which is a lot more annoying than you think it would be...
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Old 02-07-2008, 12:06 PM   #14
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Re: do benzos make you lose weight...?

It doesn't sound to me like there is an illness involved, but if you lose much more weight, you may want to mention it to your physician.

And I'm sticking with the system flush theory.
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But...tell the rest of the story Laurie!

The "balloon" is now just a little deflated piece of rubber!

True...I gained 50 pounds, lost 55.

Of course, I'm 40 now, so menopause will smack me in the face sooner than later, and I'll probably balloon again. Which will just piss me right off!!!
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Re: do benzos make you lose weight...?

i like the system flush theory... but yeah, if i lose much more weight i'll talk to my doctor.
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Re: do benzos make you lose weight...?

How long have you been taking Klonopin and at what dose? Your sig say 3 mg but your post says 1-1.5 mg for the past week.
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Re: do benzos make you lose weight...?

Klonopin didn't do anything to my weight but weaning it, I'm gaining weight!! Go figure. There is something called "benzo belly" that a lot of people get. Freakin' klonopoison!!!!!!!!
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Re: do benzos make you lose weight...?

i've been taking it for two weeks, 1 mg. in the morning, another .5 mg. if i need it later in the day, then another .5 mg before i go to sleep
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Re: do benzos make you lose weight...?

but i'm supposed to be taking 1 mg. 3x a day, i thought that was a little ridiculous... i was a zombie on that much!
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I lost a ton of weight on Klonopin because I developed tolerance (on 1 mg) and started having 24/7 rebound anxiety. But that was after 2 years of use, not 2 weeks.
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i've been taking it for two weeks, 1 mg. in the morning, another .5 mg. if i need it later in the day, then another .5 mg before i go to sleep
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I think all will agree that this is good news. You havent been on it for an extended period. So, you should have an easier time in weaning off than if you had taken it for months.
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Re: do benzos make you lose weight...?

thanks for all the advice and support. right now i feel like the klonopin is working for me, so i'm going to stay on it... but i'm not going to take as much as my doctor prescribed, probably about half that amount. but i'm going to keep everything that everyone's said in mind, talk to my doctor, and when i'm READY i will wean off of it the right way. i'm just terrified of gaining weight... i'm 5'2", i weight 97 pounds and i think i'm fat... so there's a little inside info for ya there...
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Benzo's definitely do make you lose weight. I lost 50 lbs. (and I am not a big individual). Klonopin (the benzo I am on) has also tremendous muscle weakness, decreased appetite, blurred vision, ineffective digestion and insomnia (it affects stages 3 and 4 of your sleep).

I would highly recommend that an individual get on anything other than Klonopin (or any other of the Benzodiazepines). These are some of the most addictive drugs on the planet. I have personally tried coming off of Klonopin 7 times, but it caused such tremendous physical withdrawals that I had to go back on my full dose (2 mg.). I am now working with a very knowledgeable doctor who is weaning me off of Klonopin 1/8th of a milligram every few months (as my body is able to handle it). By the way, Klonopin is about 5 times more potent than Valium.

I would personally stay away from Klonopin, Valium, Xanax, Ativan, Librium and any other Benzodiazepines. They are way over-prescribed. Hope this helps.
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Re: do benzos make you lose weight...?

Please look at the dates of threads before replying. This thread is three years old.
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