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As my smilies demonstrate, I am not a happy hamster. This is almost as much weight as I gained on ZYPREXA. I have a feeling alot of it is water retention since I feel puffy and my veins are starting to come to the front of my skin. I basically feel really ugly which of course isn't helping my mood.

Did this happen to anyone else? What should I do?

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...beware....beware of the attack....from the Lam lovers.............. ;)

I don't know who said it on here, but I'll repeat what they said. I too was beatin' with the ugly Lamictal stick. That pill really made me very fugly. One suggestion I could give. I know you may not want to hear it and when I was on Lamictal I didn't do it and would have punched anyone that would that would have suggested it to me. Drink lots of water.

Not that you asked and I'm terribly sorry for giving the info...I'm currently on 100mgs of Topamax and 400mgs of Carbatrol and I drink about 100 oz of H20 a day. My skin has never looked better. Now if I could just actually lose a frickin' pound, but that would require the energy to get up off my lazy azz and seeing how Carbatrol has be sedated me out the wazoo, well...you know the drill.

I really do know where you are coming from girl. Been there done that. Was bloated and felt like the ugly duckling for a long time...

aimee

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Well, I've been wondering if I was crazy (LOL!) but I think Lamictal caused me to gain weight also...

Then I quit smoking 7 months ago and gained some more...

I seem to have stopped gaining (40 lbs later) but now I just can't lose any of it... 1.5 hours of kickboxing twice a week, pilates classes, eating lots of salads, switched to skim milk, soy burgers, lots of veggies... and still can't lose an ounce... ;)

Of course it could be something else besides Lamictal... maybe thyroid problems, or maybe I'm just a freak of nature :)

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Jbella, see my puffy/swollen thread about depakote. I'm in a similar boat. It's not supposed to happen on depakote either, this bizarro edema or whatever the hell it is. I also went up 10 pounds last I checked, but probably more now. It is not fat, I feel positively bloated. Now I've been off the shit for a week and I am STILL swollen. ;)

I'm going to a Chinese doctor tomorrow for acupunture. I don't really know what else to do. :)

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I think anyone who has spent any amount of times on these boards can see that people react VERY differently to these medications. We need to get a big mallet and pound this into the doctor's heads.

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I guess I am just a freak, but I lost weight while on Lamictal alone and with Seroquel and Lithium in the mix. Maybe it's the mix of girly hormones and Lamictal that is the problem. Or maybe I am just a freak.

I think you are a freak. ;)

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ack.

yes - all people react very differently to all meds.

since i upped my dose of lamictal back in late november i start developing chest pains which no one can really figure out. i sometimes think it has to do with that but...it could very well be anxiety which, is the more probable reason. who fucking knows.

lamictal has been weight neutral for me - if anything i think it has contributed to my weight loss (on topamax as well).

you didnt mention whether or not you are on any other meds??

tal

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I think I look like ass. Good to know other people are on the pufferfish boat with me.

Dee,

Tell how the acupuncture goes. I'm running on desperate on the way to eating disorder. I'm drinking water and attempting to cut down on the sodium. But nothing.

For the record:

A.M

100 mg Zoloft

200 mg Lamictal

P.M.

100-150 mg Seroquel

50 mg Trazedone

birth control for the sex I'm not having

Zinc and Selenium

I started the Lamictal 2 months ago and the Trazedone 4 days ago. I've been on the Seroquel for years and have never had any weight gain. The Zoloft made me lose weight, and so did the Topamax I was on.

I know I'm sounding so petty and vain, but... I used to be a dancer. I've already dealt with an eating disorder. I've spent years in self-loathing and the pursuit of perfection, and this is getting to me after a long time of mental reconstruction. Sorry for sounding like such a whiny bitch.

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Dee, actually depakote is famous for weight gain and bloating. It doesn't happen to everyone, but it's common enough that many refer to it as "depabloat."

Jbella, I'm sorry to say that I've also gained weight on lamictal. Of course, the past year has been a bitch, so my exercise and eating habits have been equally shitty. I've started moderate exercise and a little better eating, and my fat is slowly redistributing itself, but so far I'm sure I haven't lost an ounce.

Try not to reawaken the beast with the eating disorder. I'm in an eating disorder therapy group, which has kept me from entirely freaking out over the weight gain. I've sworn off the compulsive exercise and the obsessive calorie restriction, which makes it hard to start up good habits; I've never exercised without overtraining or dieted without starving, so it's hard to balance things out. It's critical that I not obsess over weight, no matter how puffy I get.

I'm not willing to give up my lamictal, though.

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No weight changes with lamictal (up to 200mg) in either direction here. But, apparently, meds work different for different people, so maybe it's indeed lamictal what causes problems in your case.

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Never thought that Lam could be the problem, but maybe it is. I always blamed risperdal. but yeah, I've gained 20 lbs, and it IS miserable. I weighed 110 at the the first of the year, so this is pretty rapid. And yes, it's hard on the self-image. I'm going back to Atkins - I keep trying, but that's been hard too - made a firm commitment to myself this weekend.

Good luck, as the others have said, I'm there with ya, no matter which med it is.

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I find nothing really helps since I started weighty meds. It started actually with a shot of depoprovera a few years ago (nightmare). I was able to lose the weight from that, then along came Remeron. I would lose then gain, lose then gain. Binge eating disorder is an old friend of mine and Remeron made it worse. Then came seroquel. Even the Dr. Bernstein diet clinic couldn't help, just cost me an arm and a leg. Then came depabloat, which isn't going away now that I am off it.

Has anyone had diet success on lithium? If so what kind of diet did you follow? Next week licarbazapine will be added to my cocktail. I don't "think" it's a gainer, but I wouldn't be surprised.

Call me shallow, but this is fucking me up bigtime. ;)

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Never thought that Lam could be the problem, but maybe it is. I always blamed risperdal. but yeah, I've gained 20 lbs, and it IS miserable. I weighed 110 at the the first of the year, so this is pretty rapid. And yes, it's hard on the self-image. I'm going back to Atkins - I keep trying, but that's been hard too - made a firm commitment to myself this weekend.

Good luck, as the others have said, I'm there with ya, no matter which med it is.

Good luck with Atkins. I'm below 20g of carbs a day and have been for weeks, but I can't shift more than a pound or two.

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I find nothing really helps since I started weighty meds. It started actually with a shot of depoprovera a few years ago (nightmare). I was able to lose the weight from that, then along came Remeron. I would lose then gain, lose then gain. Binge eating disorder is an old friend of mine and Remeron made it worse. Then came seroquel. Even the Dr. Bernstein diet clinic couldn't help, just cost me an arm and a leg. Then came depabloat, which isn't going away now that I am off it.

Has anyone had diet success on lithium? If so what kind of diet did you follow? Next week licarbazapine will be added to my cocktail. I don't "think" it's a gainer, but I wouldn't be surprised.

Call me shallow, but this is fucking me up bigtime. ;)

I have a family member who has lost >70 pounds while on Lithium, Wellbutrin, Licrabazapine and Alprazolam. It took a lot of hard work and discipline but they lost an average of 8lbs. a month on average. As a side note they weight loss was greatly accelerated when strength training was substituted for aerobic exercise.

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Jbella, see my puffy/swollen thread about depakote. I'm in a similar boat. It's not supposed to happen on depakote either, this bizarro edema or whatever the hell it is. I also went up 10 pounds last I checked, but probably more now. It is not fat, I feel positively bloated. Now I've been off the shit for a week and I am STILL swollen. ;)

I'm going to a Chinese doctor tomorrow for acupunture. I don't really know what else to do. :)

Dee, what happened with the acupuncture? Did it help any?
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I think I look like ass. Good to know other people are on the pufferfish boat with me.

Dee,

Tell how the acupuncture goes. I'm running on desperate on the way to eating disorder. I'm drinking water and attempting to cut down on the sodium. But nothing.

For the record:

A.M

100 mg Zoloft

200 mg Lamictal

P.M.

100-150 mg Seroquel

50 mg Trazedone

birth control for the sex I'm not having

Zinc and Selenium

I started the Lamictal 2 months ago and the Trazedone 4 days ago. I've been on the Seroquel for years and have never had any weight gain. The Zoloft made me lose weight, and so did the Topamax I was on.

I know I'm sounding so petty and vain, but... I used to be a dancer. I've already dealt with an eating disorder. I've spent years in self-loathing and the pursuit of perfection, and this is getting to me after a long time of mental reconstruction. Sorry for sounding like such a whiny bitch.

I could be wrong, but I doubt Seroquel is working in favor of your waist either. ;)

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Call me shallow, but this is fucking me up bigtime. :)

It's not shallow. We are succumbing to the perfectionistic ideals of modern society. And we can't help it.

I could be wrong, but I doubt Seroquel is working in favor of your waist either. ;)

My pdoc is thoroughly convinced that its the Seroquel. I keep trying to tell her that I've been on it for almost two years and never gained a pound even when I was up to 350 mg.

I'm also getting a little worried about the blurry vision. My eyes seem so weak. Soon I will be a cross-eyed, glaucoma stricken pufferfish.

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Never thought that Lam could be the problem, but maybe it is. I always blamed risperdal. but yeah, I've gained 20 lbs, and it IS miserable. I weighed 110 at the the first of the year, so this is pretty rapid. And yes, it's hard on the self-image. I'm going back to Atkins - I keep trying, but that's been hard too - made a firm commitment to myself this weekend.

Good luck, as the others have said, I'm there with ya, no matter which med it is.

I gained a decent amount of weight from Risperdal (and that's actually the only thing it did to me...no benefit from it, and no other side effects), too. Between those two meds, it's much, much more likely to be the Risperdal than the Lamictal, based on how they work in your body, the studies done, and people's reactions to them over the years. But yeah, even though Lamictal's usually a lot more likely to be weight-neutral than the real trouble makers, people react different ways to different things. There's an off chance, but it's unlikely.

Good luck to everyone else getting things sorted out, too.

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