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Does long term opiate addiction cause weight gain?
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by gatsbygirl, Jul 08, 2011
I have been doing lots of searching and research on this, so I would lover to hear some similar stories.....I started taking opiates about 3.5 years ago......its gotten bad, i take perks, lortabs, roxys, basically whatever i can get.......i started at about 150 and have always been around this weight, give or take.......i now weight 217!  I do not eat more...if anything i eat less, but sometimes i eat late, i stopped exercising i guess u would say i have become sedentary, no motivation from pills, and i also heard that since the liver is working extra on the toxins than it neglects the metabolism??? I am working on quitting tapering off, possibly suboxone....i have read lots of stories of people gaining weight on opiates, laziness, and dropping it when  getting clean, due to more energy, regaining old life....I hope this is true because it only motivcates me to quit for good......i would love to hear thoughts, stories on this topic.
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by gatsbygirl, Jul 08, 2011
any help, or stories regarding this would be much appreciated!! Thanks!
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by kimrenee, Jul 08, 2011
Yes for me that also happened lots of weight gain. Since stopping the lrotab have lost 25lbs. go figure
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by gatsbygirl, Jul 08, 2011
thanks sooo much for your response....i love hearing that others are experiencing the same thing....i could never undedrstand it before, i always thought opiates would cause weight loss, but i guess iots different for everyone, but this theory is making more and more sense to me....this may sound sad to some, but hearing that getting clean will probably help drop the weight gain as well, excites me and motivates me even more......kimrenee, is it like you have more motivation to exerc ise and care more about what u eat, or literally u have not really changed anything, i have read that oncde the liver doesnt have to focus so much on toxins it can go back to focusing more on breaking down fat and helping with your metabolism????? how long have u benmnn clwean, or how long did it take to lose the 25 lbs....i gained mine fast, so im hoping it comes off fast
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by therealmattj, Jul 08, 2011
@gatsybygirl..... I have no scientific proof but only going on self experience on this question.. I used to model and lived that hollywood beverly hills life and was in the best shape of my life. I did a ton of drugs and shut down bars rock and roll style but as soon as I touched an opiate it was game over. I got obsessed with Norco 10/325. I went on a four year binge and got up to 50 pills a day. Fact one.. I ate and ate and ate and didnt care because of the feeling of the pill... Fact two.. the pill most def gives you water weight at the least and puffs your body and face up. I gained 95 pounds with no exercise and just literally staying inside and eating. I went to a 10 day detox rehab and I swear to you ten days after taking my last dose I lost atleast 40 pounds doing NOTHING!! Now I am fired up and on a mission. So in a nutshell my answer is not just yes but hell yes you gain weight on opiates. xoxo
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by Bubulous, Jul 08, 2011
I went through the same thing and I am a man so it is easier for me to drop weight I have lost 8 pounds over the last 2 months.

For me the weight gain occured because even if I wasn't using eating late at night will put weight on you.  I would spend all day feeding my addiction and that night feeding my belly with a huge meal.  I defenitaly think you can lose weight after you come off pain meds but you also have to eat right and get exercise.  You may not gain weight without a healthy diet and exercise but you will likely not lose any.  Don't eat after 600 pm....Good Luck
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by gatsbygirl, Jul 08, 2011
thank you so much for your response.....it really inspires me to quit  and stay off.......i should want to quit for my health and all, but to be honest I want to get back my old life and body! i have tried lose weight on pills and its super hard....im convinced with diet and exercise and being clean will make it much easier.......thanks and good work....so u lost 40 pounds in 10 days, or did i read that wrong?
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by therealmattj, Jul 08, 2011
In REHAB!! Is that crazy?? All I did was sit in a room for ten days and hear jail stories and when I came out my face was back to normal and I weighed myself and lost 40 pounds!! I am sure if I did research I would find that opiates balote you but mainly for me I loved eating on opiates because I was so into my body for so long it felt good to just let go lol. Direct msg me if you want to talk more personally, I would love to share my stories with you and perhaps help you. Everything is going to be okay I promise. Look forward to hearing from you. xoxo
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by quitinoxys, Jul 08, 2011
Yes absolutley, I gained 65 pounds due to opiates and not exercising. I didn't eat more but the opiates slowed my metabolism down to a crawl. Since I quit 1 year ago I have lost 70 pounds and I am in better shape then before my accident. Albeit it wasn't just quitin-oxys I went back to the gym and worked my butt off (literally)..
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by overeasy, Jul 08, 2011
I lost weight- I looked skeletal.  When I am on that crap I just can't eat.  I ve put on about 5 pounds since I quit.

During the time I was using the meds my doctor keep close tabs on my weight and had me drink supplements.