Wellness Tuesday: The Lingering Effects of Medication
I just finished taking two sets of antibiotics to knock out the bronchitis I was battling. I can’t remember ever being so thrilled to finish up these prescriptions. The reason was because one of the medicines made me insatiably hungry. I was horrified at the amount of foods that I was eating and that I seldom get full. When I did feel full, I felt like a glutton.
This took me back to over twenty years ago when I was in high school. During that time I walked four miles a day and was at my ideal weight. When I graduated and went to college, I continued to walk daily. However, the transition was not as smooth as I hoped. I struggled with depression and was placed on a strong antidepressant to help me combat my mood.
This antidepressant also had an appetite stimulant. Over the course of the next nine months, I packed on the weight and gained a good 80 pounds. I didn’t even recognize myself, more or less anyone else.
While I continued to walk, I also made other changes that were not as healthy. This included eating later at night and eating more often.
By the time I was married a year later, I looked and felt like a different person than the girl I had been not even two years before. Unfortunately this change wasn’t for the better and even affected my self-image and self-confidence.
Has medications derailed effected your weight?