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Old 04-20-2006, 06:14 PM   #1
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Hi everyone! I need some advice. I'm bipolar I rapid cycling. My meds have been switched around a lot and it seems like I've finally found the right combination. Curently I take wellbutrin, lexapro, depakote, restoril, and most recently my pdoc has added seroquel to help me sleep and as a another mood stabalizer. I absolutly love the seroquel. It has done wonders for me. The problem is that I've put on about 8 pounds since I've started it 4 weeks ago. I'm 5'10 and now my weight has reached 200 pounds. I carry my weight well but I'm scared to death that it is going to get out of hand.

My doctor told me that I'm overweight but my blood tests show that everything on the inside is super healthy. My triglycerides are 93 and my cholestoral is really low. My thyroid is normal as well and I have good blood presure. So what do I do. My boyfriend thinks that I should loose some weight. I think that I should too (but not because he wants me to). I'm concerned about developing diabetes as it runs in my family. I'm only 25 but I want to start worrying about this stuff now so it doesn't affect me in the future.

I'm really torn because the seroquel makes me feel great, like I have my life back but in the same turn I feel like I'm starting to get fat. I don't want my boyfriend to leave me because of my weight issues. He supports me; we work out together and eat healthy foods. I don't know what I can do stop the weight from comming on. I'm desperate for some help. Can anyone offer any help/suggestions? Does anyone have this same thing? THanks,

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Old 04-21-2006, 05:06 AM   #2
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Re: Weight Gain...Help!!!

My wife battles the weight issue too.
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Old 04-21-2006, 12:41 PM   #3
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Would you leave your wife if her weight got to be too much. My worry is that my boyfriend might think that I'm not doing enough to try and stop the weight from coming on. I haven't started eating more or anything. Everything has stayed the same and the weight just keeps coming on.

Old 04-22-2006, 07:28 AM   #4
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I was on Seroquel and not only did it cause weight gain, but I was tired all the time. I am now on Abilify, and it is great. It is a fairly new drug I think, but there are very few side effects that I can see....

My doctor did have to prescribe trazadone, a sleep aid to help me wean off of Seroquel... seroquel helped me to sleep. I now only take the trazadone when I can't sleep. Maybe ask your doctor about Abilify?

Old 04-22-2006, 10:58 AM   #5
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Thanks I'll try that. Initially my pdoc gave me the seroquel to help me sleep but I noticed that it really makes me feel good during the day and takes the anxiety away. I tried trazadone once and I had a really bad reaction to it. Dizzy, nausea...

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