Like "All I can say is when I stopped taking HCTZ, I gained half of my 15 lb weight loss back. I'm taking another diuretic now and and while it's working ok, and much of the fluid is out of my legs, most of the weight hung on. Part of why I'm now taking prozac again. At least I'm not beating myself up over it now. I take 20 mg Simvastatin and my cholesterol has been great for 2 1/2 yrs. I continue to take it for other reasons but I don't think it's needed anymore for my cholesterol. Isn't it great to have an excuse to eat bacon? I don't eat a lot of red meat these days, but it's not completely out of my diet. Pork and chicken are my favorites anyway. Sorry, I know I'm not much help on the questions you asked. It's nice to know I'm not the only one out there fighting the weight loss battle. The prozac and maybe the extra dose of levothyroxin are helping my energy levels. I was really not wanting to go to the gym, but now I'm ok with it again. I know Dennis and Steve will probably have some input for you. Take care."