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  1. I just wanted to share one tiny glimmer of sunshine that I found. I am recently diagnosed with bipolar + schizotypal PD and I've started taking Abilify (aripiprozale). It is so confusing trying to learn everything all at once, and especially since schizotypal is either on the schizophrenia spectrum or classified as a PD depending on which side of the Atlantic you're on... Anyway I thought this might be a good place to post this article, from a couple weeks ago. It sounds like scientists are going to figure out how to make antipsychotics NOT make us gain a bunch of weight! I mean, that would be really good news, right? Hopefully this is coming true. If anyone knows anything more about this please post. I realize with how the system works it's going to be years and years but... still. It made me happy and I'm scraping the barrel here, so. :-) Weight Gain Receptor Linked to Antipsychotic Drug
  2. I just started lithium recently for the first time (3 days ago, today will be the 4th day) at a rather small dose of 300 mg. My pdoc didn't want to give me too much since I'm on so many meds. But she said that such a dose in some of her patients works well with regimens like mine to stabilize them as I have been ultra-rapid cycling between hyperthymia and suicidal, psychotic depression. I've noticed, however, in this short amount of time, that I've gained 7.5 lb since starting lithium. Is that a coincidence, or is 300 mg lithium still capable of causing weight gain? Also, I'd like to understand the pharmacology behind lithium. Can someone who understands it explain it to me and/or share some links to some good sources that explain it well? Thanks.
  3. So I was under the impression that Parnate was a weight-friendly drug, and if anything, would be liable to cause weight loss. So far, my impressions have been very wrong if this is indeed the culprit of my weight gain. I started Parnate 1/5/17. On 1/3/17 I weighed 217.7 lb. I rapidly gained weight despite no diet changed until now, 4/6/17, and I weigh 263 lb. That's a difference of 45.3 lb over 4 months. That's pretty profound to me, anyway, as I've never had this much weight gain from a medicine before... My question is has anyone else been on Parnate and had any degree or this degree of weight gain? I'm thinking about going off of it, which is a shame because it's the best antidepressant I've ever been on so far, but then again I've started not to respond to it as well as I used to. I've been taking it with a stimulant of some form or another (before Adderall, now Adipex, and no weight loss has happened at all). This is extraordinarily frustrating for me because it was either last summer or two summers ago that I got down to 172.6 lb, just pounds away from my goal weight of 160 lb. I've never been this heavy before in my life, and I have to take muscle relaxants because my back actually hurts just by carrying all this extra weight around...
  4. May seem like a silly question, but how do you know what is just water retention and what is actual weight/fat gain? If most of your weight is contained in the belly/abdomen area - is this most likely water weight? I tend to expand there quickly so I'm assuming this is more a symptom of water retention. Is there a healthy way to get rid of this? Lamictal makes me very thirsty, yet i seem to be retaining alot of the liquids in my stomach area. It looks like a balloon :-( I guess actual weight gain comes on more slowly? And would go to other areas - not just abdomen? Thanks for your thoughts!
  5. Weight gain

    So I've been on Rexulti and Lexapro for about a year now and I have gained 40 pounds! I go to the doc on Tuesday and I'm going to ask for her to put me on wellbutrin instead and ability... Does anyone have experience with this combo of meds? I'm 43 and female and struggle a lot with bpd and ptsd
  6. Hi, I've been on and off of Risperidone for years now and every time I was taking it I would gain a lot of weight and quickly lose it when I went off. Now I've been taking it for almost a year and a half now and I've gained over 50lbs. I have decreased my dosage over the months and now I'm taking only 1mg. However, I am still not losing weight. And FYI I have a personal trainer whom I've been training with for over 4months now and still I haven't lost weight. I was wondering, if I take 0.5mg or 0.25 a day, would that stop the weight gain or help me lose it and go back to before? Is that even possible?? Or do I have to cut it completely to lose the weight like I've done before? Has anyone lost weight by taking only 0.5mg?? Help please!
  7. About two weeks ago, I started carbamazepine (Tegretol) 200 mg at bedtime. The first week I actually seemed to lose weight (about 2.6 lb the first week), but suddenly this week I have gained 10.1 lb out of nowhere. No changes to my diet or lifestyle or anything like that. I've actually been making an effort to get out and do more physical activity lately, which I think I can attribute to the carbamazepine's positive effects on my depressive mood. I think I like what carbamazepine is doing for me (it's hard to tell so early in taking it though), but if it's prone to causing weight gain, it's probably going to be a no-go for me, because I already have enough weight problems now as it is. What were your experiences with carbamazepine? Weight neutral? Weight gain? Weight loss? I was thinking about asking for Equetro next appointment, the extended release version that's marketed specifically for bipolar—does anyone have experience with this product? Does anyone think that it might reduce any possible weight gain? On the Equetro website, they mentioned something about "two 3-week pivotal triels" in which the mean change in weight for Equetro was +2.3 lb vs. placebo was 0.1 lb (and they went on to say that "low percentage of patients with clinically significant weight gain [Equetro 5.3%, placebo 0.95%]). Any input would be greatly appreciated!
  8. I started taking Risperidone for anxiety from PTSD however, it has had horrible side effects. I started lactating and gained 15 pounds within a month of being on it. I knew from the start that weight gain was common so I began to diet and exercise vigorously however it has been to no avail. My period is 3 weeks late(negative pregnancy test) and I'm starting to get very concerned about how this will affect me in the long term. I'm hoping to stop the medication cold turkey. I've been on it for about 6 weeks, at a dose of 1mg(with benztropine 2mg to ease side effects); is it likely that I could have severe side effects? Could continuing the benztropine help to ease withdrawal symptoms? Also, are the metabolism changes permanent and if not, how long until things start getting back to normal?
  9. Hello everyone, My psychiatrist has prescribed a low dose of Abilify 2-3 mg, unfortunately Abilify's lowest available dose in pill form is 5mg so i have to use a pill cutter which is frustrating!!! My psychiatrist did prescribe the oral solution, however my GP refused to give me a script for the oral solution because the price was slightly higher, but I will see my GP again about this and persuade him to switch me to the oral solution. In the meantime I am using a pill cutter so I am taking 2.5mg. I have had a blood test today BEFORE starting Abilify and I will have the same blood test again in 2 weeks time to see if there are any changes, particularly looking at blood glucose and cholesterol levels I will measure my blood pressure and compare it to before starting Abilify I will weigh myself daily to see if there is a weight increase and I will notify you of any changes in appetite I will be updating this thread 13:34 10/06/2016 I can't give you an accurate description. Feeling more energetic, awake and upbeat but this is probably placebo effect and there is mediating factors (I received good news a few days ago) 12:07 11/06/2016 quiet nauseous, feeling slightly hot, for example feel hot but if someone else touched my head or cheeks they wouldn't feel it? so it's like inner heat? Reminding you I'm also on Vyvanse and Cymbalta. Hasn't really made me agitated or pace around or motivated. I haven't weighed myself. I will weigh myself in a week's time. 20:32 12/06/2016 I did weigh myself today (I was curious and got a little carried away) and I actually didn't gain any weight. I haven't taken my Abilify pill yet because I'm going to try taking it at night time to see if it helps me sleep. 12:58 16/06/2016 Sorry I did not update my diary for a few days. I have been feeling a bit more stable and motivated and positive and I don't know if this is just placebo!!!! There has been no weight gain as far as I'm concerned. No appetite increase. I had a blood test on 10/06/2016 and I just got the results and now I am going to schedule to have the same blood test to compare the results. Here are the results from my blood test http://imgur.com/3C3vGIK I will keep this diary going
  10. So I had a pdoc appt today and we are still trying to regulate my meds. I was on 300 welly, 200 lamictal, & .5 risperdal. I know that's a baby dose of risperdal, but it was kicking my ass. I was so tired in the mornings, not motivated to do shit all day and my appetite was insatiable so I was packing on the pounds. I relayed all this to him and so we decided to up my Welly to 450 and switch risperdal to Latuda in hopes that my motivation will increase and weight gain will subside. My concern is the latuda and anxiety. He's only given me a 20mg dose, but I have read about how this could potentially up my anxiety which I do not want. Anyone have thoughts on all of this? Please and thank you
  11. I am posting this here because it isn't about any specific type of medicine, otherwise I would have posted it below in that section. But if I overlooked a section down there, admins, please feel free to move it. Anyway, I have been having some issues with [minor, though bothersome] side-effects for a while now and was just curious as to whether any of you might have some thoughts/insights or suggestions for me as to what meds/kind of meds you have experience with that I might bring up with my pdoc. When I first began treatment a few years ago my first pdoc put me on abilify (10m; later lowered to 7.5mg). I was on abilify for a few years, and, though it worked wonders at controlling my symptoms, it made me gain a shit-ton of weight (when I started I was about 160lbs, now I'm about 220lbs!). So my new pdoc, out of health worries (due to the weight gain) is currently weaning me off of the abilify and has put me on lithium (1200mg). I was hesitant to go on lithium because I had heard it interacts with psoriasis. I've had a mild case of psoriasis since, oh, my late teens or so (before then it was minor). I brought this up with my pdoc, but she had no idea what I was talking about. I opted to give the lithium a try anyway since I was going to be going to see a dermatologist soon. So, I saw the dermatologist, but I had barely started on the lithium, so there was no real difference in my psoriasis then. But in the few months since then, my psoriasis has fucking exploded! I am getting it in places it never was before and it is no-doubt due to the lithium (the dermatologist confirmed to me that lithium does in fact cause psoriasis flare-ups... and my pdoc looked it up online, so, yeah). So, my question(s) is/are... have any of you ever had similar problems? I will assume weight gain because I have seen it around the boards before, but how about the psoriasis or similar conditions? What do you think are the best meds or best kind of meds with limited side-effects (overall. I mean, I know it varies from person to person.). I will be honest, I can deal with side-effects like nausea, diarrhea, spacing out, etc., it's really the weight gain and psoriasis I'm worried about. Basically, have you been on any weight-neutral mood stabilizer or APs that have worked well for you that I might look into and ask my pdoc about? My AD is fine. Working great. No side-effects. It's primarily mood stabilizers/APs I'm curious about. Initially, I went with the lithium because I underestimated the psoriasis flare-ups and I figured, "sanity over vanity," but it's seriously getting ridiculous. I see my pdoc on Thursday and my dermatologist on May 11. Should I bring up a switch in meds Thursday or wait it out until I see my dermatologist? I'm going to ask the dermatologist about a pill to fight the psoriasis from the inside, but I'm not sure if it will be powerful enough to ward off the effects of the lithium. Okay, this is getting long, so I'll end it here. Thanks in advance for any input!
  12. I made my own weight loss app

    Hi-- I got so frustrated with trying to lose weight while on Risperdal that I decided to try to make my own diet app: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.rfo.speakcc&hl=en So far I have been losing about 0.25lbs a week for the past 250 days (with some ups and downs: It still has some glitches but I really like it because it uses voice entry mostly which I think is the easiest way to track calories. There is also a $0.99 version that has keyboard entry I have a friend who is working on making an iOS version.
  13. hey everyone. Just have a question regarding seroquel and weight gain. Has anyone noticed weight gain while on 100mg of seroquel? I am taking it for sleep and am trying hard to lose weight and wouldn't want the med to impede my progress. I'm thinking I can take other meds for sleep that are maybe weight neutral if it does cause weight gain, such as klonopin. thanks!
  14. Already have been reducing ability from 20 mg down to 5mg, and Celexa from 40 mg to 10mg. Just started Wellbutrin a couple of days ago. If I am taking Wellbutrin is it okay to go ahead and just stop the other two? Stopping the Ability and Celexa cause of weight gain and can't lose on it. Didn't realize it can cause obesity and make it hard to lose. Does anyone know about that? Does it mess up your thyroid or metabolism? Does it take a few weeks to normalize after you stop?
  15. Has it actually helped anyone? I've taken Abilify and am now on Latuda and I've gained weight on both. Not a lot but enough to make me depressed (weight gain is probably my biggest trigger.) I'm on Adderall because I have a sleep disorder and I also take Topamax; neither seems to help at all. Honestly, my problem isn't that APs make me eat more. I don't feel any hungrier and I keep a food diary so I know my (very healthy) eating habits are the same. Plus I go to the gym almost every day. These drugs must be doing something to my metabolism, so I thought Metformin might be worth a try. Anyone have a good experience on it?
  16. Hi thanks for reading I have struggled with anxiety and depression for years. I am now 27 (today is my birthday lol) I have been in IP once before for an anxiety attack that began a major depressive episode (lasted about a month). I was put on Pristiq 50mg at that time and it worked well for a few years, but the withdrawal symptoms if I took a dose late were getting out of control, so I was weaned off of it. Currently I take zoloft 100mg daily and Ativan .5 twice as needed daily. I take Provigil twice daily for fatigue (nap at least twice per day without it) for a total of 300mg. Also, I was on birth control for 9 years and since i stopped it last June - I realized I also most likely have Premenstrual Exacerbation of my anxiety/depression symptoms. My life is currently at the mercy of my symptoms and I feel like I am drowning. My Pdoc and Tdoc had a little chat this week... and decided they would like to put me on BuSpar. My libido has been very low and I am afraid that the Zoloft and BuSpar could make it worse and or cause weight gain. Thoughts? Experiences? Advice? Thank you for your time
  17. i'm just curious about which medications are normally prescribed for weight loss. i know healthy eating and exercise are the first choice, normally... i'm just wondering what happens when someone is really struggling and can't seem to gain any ground, due to the antipsychotics or mood stabilizers or other medications they are on. i feel like a slug, and i don't have the energy nor self control at this point, to make headway in the area of cutting back calories or by engaging in exercise solely and exclusively. i have started walking, but i still feel like eating the whole refrigerator and things are just not going well. this is not really about alternatives to achieving weight loss, i have been able to lose weight before the medications i am on, and i've gained so much that i would like to talk to my pdoc about other options... i don't mind doing the healthy eating and exercise, but right now it seems like i could use a boost. i'm at basically 0 motivation and energy, and feel like i need help. i'm very new to exploring this area of rx medication. would anyone be willing to name some that they know of or have had successes or failures with ? i realize this is a last option, but i would appreciate it if we could just stick to the topic... and not go into how to lose weight solely through diet and exercise. i have gained 45-50 lbs. and i don't see it going anywhere at this point, without some extra help. this is really not okay.
  18. seroquel caused me to put on 45lbs. i'm really unhappy with this. the dose is lowered, meds adjusted, and i'm eager to lose this but feeling powerless.
  19. hi, i just joined and this is my first post! first of all i just wanna say i dont think there is anything wrong with being fat, i think all body shapes and sizes are beautiful, etc. but anyway here's the deal: i got sent away to residential treatment when i was 16. i was about 125 lbs at the time. while i was there, i started consistently taking medication for the first time in my life. i am now about to turn 19 and the last time my doctor weight me, i was at 165 lbs. since going on medication i've gained 40 pounds and i'm the heaviest i've ever been in my life. i'm now considered plus sized and i even have trouble finding clothes that fit me at a lot of stores (which sucks because i need all new ones since none of my old clothes fit). i don't feel physically healthy, i'm really out of shape, and frankly i don't feel very confident about my looks anymore. i believe the medication that caused the most weight gain was abilify, which i stopped taking several months ago...but i continue to gain weight. you can see what other meds i'm on in my signature below. anyway, for those of you that have also experienced a large weight gain due to medication...how did you get the weight back off, and how long did it take you? other than diet and exercise (i am trying to start working out...its hard when you're severely depressed lol), have you tried anything else, like some wacky vitamins, that have helped you (in a HEALTHY way)? have you heard of anything recommended by doctors? the only thing i've heard about is myo-inositol, a vitamin that supposedly helps with bipolar disorder and somehow combats weight gain from abilify, specifically. please help i'm really sick of being fat lol.
  20. What has your experience been with Latuda and other AP's on your weight? Everything I've read about and been told says Latuda's supposedly weight neutral; however, I know that all AP's increase blood sugar, and this leads to weight gain. I've been on 80mg of Latuda for a year now, and I've gained a little over 5 lbs, which is not a lot, but there's more to it, read on. Prior to starting the Latuda I had a brief stint on Risperdol, but it increased my Prolactin levels and made me stop getting my period, so I had to go off it. I didn't notice any changes in my weight on Risperdol. Before that I was on Clozaril for about 6 months and gained 30lbs. It was a last resort. I had tried everything else( including risperdol and latuda neither of which worked prior to the Clozaril) and had treatment resistant auditory hallucinations for 5 years. I figured I would lose some of the weight from the Clozaril when I started the Latuda, since most of my weight gain was from medication.I am in recovery from anorexia ( starting when I began the Clozaril) and the only way I agreed to take Clozaril was if they gave me Metformin. They only gave me 500mg of Metformin, which isn't enough to really help with weight loss, but I didn't know that at the time. I wasn't as concerned about food or my body but hadn't increased my caloric intake that much and was still only eating once a day. I continued to exercise moderately and still do. Given my small amount of food intake and exercise, I should have lost weight weight when I discontinued the Clozaril because that's what made me gain mostly and at a very rapid pace. Instead I have maintained all that weight and managed to gain even more weight on the Latuda. I don't think Latuda is as weight neutral as they claim. I know I would weigh less if I didn't take it or if I reduced my dose. I don't want to become anorexic again, but I don't want to gain anymore weight either. I discussed my concerns with doctor, and she prescribed me Metformin again after a 45 minute discussion. She's not pleased about the Metformin and was upset about my once a day eating regime. I had to agree to eat 3 small protein based meals a day, and she advised me to avoid sugar. She only prescribed the Metformin because she doesn't want me to reduce my Latuda or go off it because I'm doing so well. Has anyone else experienced weight gain on Latuda? Even a small amount? How has it affected your weight? I've always seemed to gain weight on the supposedly weight neutral AP's. I gained a ton of weight on Abilify (when I took it before I was psychotic, took it again after I was psychotic but cut my dose down to a tiny amount) and gained weight on Geodon. My doctor told me the other day that Abilify and Geodon aren't weight neutral. Anyone else gain weight on these? Which meds have caused weight gain? I was anorexic and weighed 93lbs when I started the Clozaril. Normally I never would have taken a med that caused so much weight gain, but I was in an excellent hospital seeking help mainly for my depression. I wasn't looking for help with my eating disorder, and considering I had tried nearly every med possible with no relief, I didn't think they'd be able to make the voices go away.They were determined to treat all my syptoms at once- the psychosis, anorexia, and depression. Normally I avoided AP's that caused weight gain. Zyprexa was my worst nightmare, but I had tried it. I didn't really gain weight on it, but I wasn't on it long and it didn't work. I would try AP's, but if they caused the slightest bit of weight gain I either went off them or reduced the dose ( with or without my doctor's permission). I respected the doctors in this hospital and probably would not have been willing to try Clozaril anywhere else. They told me that I had to gain weight in order to get better and for some reason, I listened to them when I had ignored everyone else. the anorexia became really bad when I was 29 and got into recovery from substance abuse. I've been to inpatient treatment for ED's twice and had seen numerous specialists. Plus that's the field that I pursued for my academics and professional work, so I knew all about it. I hated the Clozaril because of all the side effects, which is why I came off it. I prefer Latuda and am able to cope with it's side effects by taking other meds to counter act them. I'm glad the Latuda works to control my auditory hallucinations now, but I think that ECT and the Namenda play a big role in that too. As much as I'd love to come off an AP, I'm scared to mess with my current meds. I don't want the psychosis to come back. I doing so well now. But it's really hard to go from 93lbs to what I weigh now. I'm more than 35lbs heavier. I'm 5'4, so my BMI is still in the normal range, but I don't want to become overweight. I've weighed a little bit more before ( when I was 29 and on Abilify,before I got into recovery from substance abuse) and my horror at being so heavy triggered a massive slide into severe anorexia. What do you do to cope with weight gain from meds? In your experience what is the med that caused the least and most weight gain? I know it varies from person to person. Anyone else prescribed Metformin to help with AP weight gain? Do you think the benefits of AP"s are greater than gaining some weight? Have you ever reduced your dose to lose weight? Would love to hear your stories.
  21. Hi! I'm bipolar 2 and taking lamictal which balanced my mood swings but has made me just depressed. I am now taking remeron at night for sleep and depression and it has helps slightly with sedation (I have been taking 7.5 mg) i want to know if the hunger comes later because it really hasn't madero hungry which is good cause I am terrified of weight gain and would have to stop immediately. But I was wondering if I could still gain weight from it even if I don't eat a lot or eat badly? Also, how long does it take to take effect for depression. Thanks. Also, I'm starting adder all soon for my ADHD. Will that help with any weight gain? Thanks
  22. Hi! I'm bipolar 2 and taking lamictal which balanced my mood swings but has made me just depressed. I am now taking remeron at night for sleep and depression and it has helps slightly with sedation (I have been taking 7.5 mg) i want to know if the hunger comes later because it really hasn't madero hungry which is good cause I am terrified of weight gain and would have to stop immediately. But I was wondering if I could still gain weight from it even if I don't eat a lot or eat badly? Also, how long does it take to take effect for depression. Thanks. Also, I'm starting adder all soon for my ADHD. Will that help with any weight gain? Thanks.
  23. B/c of my ED my weight has fluctuated a lot over the years. I go from being stick skinny to more curvaceous (as I am now). I've seen old friends recently and gotten comments about my weight change: "I didn't know you had such curves", "It's hard to recognize you because your size changes so much.", and "You look so much better than before.". I know these comments come from a good place but they set me off into the cycle of thinking I am fat and then the self loathing begins. I'm struggling with accepting my current weight as what it should be (i'm not certain if it is what it should be naturally). I see my therapist next week and am going to ask her what she thinks. We have an agreement that she would tell me if i have put on too much weight b/c she was concerned about how small I had gotten. It IS nice to have curves again but I miss being thin and part of me wants to go back to starving myself. I also was triggered a bit yesterday by going through old jeans and picking out the ones that don't fit anymore. There were a lot : ( My friend that has also struggled with an ED said she felt better when she got rid of the old pants. That they're just a reminder. She even gave her old pair of skinny jeans to her therapist. I might do the same thing. I've been exercising but not losing weight, just maintaining. Which leads me to believe that I am at my healthy size. And I am eating healthy (it helps having a new bf that loves to cook). My bf also says he likes how I look more now than when I was thin (6 months ago), which actually makes me feel more positive about it. Does anyone else get comments when they have put on weight? Are you triggered by them? Sorry so long, just needed to get this out.
  24. Hello everyone I am desperate need of some advice. I suffer from social anxiety, panic, GAD, depression and binge eating/emotional eating. I was on Effexor XR x75mg for about 7 years. I was fine until about year 4 of use when it started to cause extreme teeth grinding and clenching out of no where. I tried switching medications to Pristiq.. still grinded/clenched... tried switching to Cymbalta.. grinding and clenching continued. I also added BuSpar into the mix.. did not help. I went off of my meds for about 4 months and the grinding and clenching all but went away. However the severe anxiety and binge eating returned. Doctor has me trying Celexa for the last 5 days. Binge eating and anxiety is gone however i am still experiencing teeth grinding and clenching, acid reflux, severe out of it feeling with fatigue, i will also loose track of time or "zone out" for hours on end, no energy etc. I have taken Ativan (Lorazepam) on occassion and it has not caused teeth clenching/grinding. What medication do i try if all SSRI & SNRI cause teeth grinding/clenching and benzo's are only good for a short while? This is horrible I dont know what to do! I am also terrified of weight gain from SSRI/ SNRI as i gained 50+ pounds on Effexor. HELP
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