Prozac and the other SSRI antidepressants are effective treatment adjuncts for anorexia nervosa. In general weight remains relatively stable with these medications. However, when the disorder(depression, anorexia nervosa) responds to these medications behavior changes(increased appetite with weight normalizing as a result).
I recommend that you continue your Prozac as you have experienced an initial response. Please discuss this concern with your treating psychiatrist. Hope this was helpful.
This information is intended for educational purposes only. Please consult your personal physician for specific health concerns. It may also be helpful to search this forums archives using anorexia as a keyword.
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i understand what you are going through, i recenlty spent 32 days in the hospital for extreme weight loss due mostly in part to depression. i was on almost every antidepressant known, and failed to respond adequately to anything. i had to have hyperalimentation therapy for six weeks to maintain what little weight i hadn't lost. finally my dr. recommended ect, and while i was terrified of the idea, i knew it was my last hope. after 4 treatments in the hospital, i was released (mainly because my insurance coverage had been exhausted) and returned on a outpatient basis for 3 more. i am happy to say that the treatments saved my life. i am slowly gaining weight and strength and my mood remains stable. my greatest fear is that the depression will return, but i am taking one day at a time now. i believe i owe my life to my dr's and their recommended treatment. if the idea possibility should arise, don't panic! it isn't the nightmare you may think. it's not fun, but it is a way to resume life, and live! good luck, my prayers are with you.
I am severly depressed much of the time, but do not experience any sort of weight loss. However, I am not on any sort of antidepressant, aside from the odd St. John's Wort tablet. I have heard of incidents like your's, though, and hear that it is a somewhat common side-effect of Prozac.
Angel, I've been on Prozac for five years now, to ward off
depression, and the first 3 months I took it I lost 10 lbs (which
was great for me, I'm overweight by everyones description) however it didn't last, within several months I'd gained it back. Hang in there, Prozac has really helped in my life, and enabled me to accomplish a lot.