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Any antipsychotics out there that don't cause weight gain?


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#1 remedy48

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Posted 22 June 2009 - 05:46 PM

Any antipsychotics that don't cause weight gain? I'm on stelazine but were looking at going on another one because it doesn't seem to be doing much to treat the psychosis. I just don't like the weight gain.
Dx: Schizoaffective disorder, Social Anxiety Disorder, PTSD, Panic disorder with agoraphobia, generalized anxiety disorder, body dismorphic disorder.
Rx: Seroquel 300mg. , Clonazepam 1mg. ,Cogentin 1mg


#2 Inspired_Neurosis

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Posted 22 June 2009 - 05:52 PM

The bad news: it's a potential side-effect of pretty much all antipsychotics. The good news: they've identified why and are working on it.

Check this out: http://www.medicalne...icles/62905.php.

Sorry. Maybe in a few years they'll master it.


#3 remedy48

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Posted 22 June 2009 - 06:06 PM

Wow that was great to read about. Thanks. Yah hopefully they will come out with a newer class of antipsychotics in the near future.
Dx: Schizoaffective disorder, Social Anxiety Disorder, PTSD, Panic disorder with agoraphobia, generalized anxiety disorder, body dismorphic disorder.
Rx: Seroquel 300mg. , Clonazepam 1mg. ,Cogentin 1mg

#4 withing

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Posted 22 June 2009 - 06:24 PM

I want to point out that weight gain is only a possible side effect. All side effects are possibilities. They don't happen to everyone. As we like to say here - your mileage may vary. I personally don't think that anyone should NOT take a medication because of something that might or might not happen. Take it and see - you never know, you might find an anti-psychotic that works like a charm with no weight gain! But you won't know until you try it.

Case in point - I haven't gained any weight on Seroquel and it's known for adding on the pounds. As a matter of fact I've been able to lose weight on Seroquel.
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#5 unipolarbear

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Posted 23 June 2009 - 05:21 PM

I switched from Zyprexa (serious weight gain) after years and have been on Geodon for a few months now. My weight seems to be re-distributing and going down some. My pdoc says this is a good sign. I think Geodon is weight-neutral, if it works for you (I'm BPI with anxiety). But ymmv, of course.
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#6 gizmo

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Posted 24 June 2009 - 01:21 AM

Patheral is right. I'm a good case in point. I gained 17 pounds in 3 weeks on "weight neutral" abilify, but have maintained my weight loss on "pound packer" zyprexa.
Diagnosis: BP I with Psychotic Features, GAD, ADHD, Chronic Migraines, various physical stuff.
Meds Currently On: Depakote 2000 mg, Risperdal 8 mg, Latuda 80 mg, Prozac 60 mg, Vyvanse 70 mg, Propranolol 40 mg BID, Klonopin 2 mg BID PRN
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#7 blackbird

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Posted 24 June 2009 - 03:20 AM

I gained 60lbs on 20mg Zyprexa

I have lost the 60lbs on 20mgs Zyprexa by cutting out carbs and eating very sparsely (dieting like Mary-Kate Olsen but hey I have anorexia anyway!)

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#8 int23

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Posted 24 July 2009 - 01:21 AM

Invega (Risperdal's prodigal son) has a low occurrence of weight gain it seems. I took it for a short time and had no issues and I typically balloon up right away. May want to try that depending on your needs.

As the article says, it affects a chemical in your brain that can affect hunger thus leaving it wide open. One way I killed that when I was on SSRIs and gaining weight due to random eating (we say we're not eating bad, but we are and don't realize it) was to ingest hoodia or another appetite suppressant. Worked ok for me, but YMMV.
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Old RX: Trileptal 1800mg/Day, Invega 6mg/day





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