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Old 04-05-2009, 09:02 PM   #1
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Bipolar meds with no weight gain

Are any of you framiliar with bipolar meds that do not cause wait gain? I'm very health concious and am terrified of gaining a pound.
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Old 04-05-2009, 09:23 PM   #2
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Re: Bipolar meds with no weight gain

Geoden doesn't seem to cause weight gain in most people..

 
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Re: Bipolar meds with no weight gain

If your looking at the antipsychotics to help treat bipolar the two best for least weight gain as a symptom are Geoden and Risperadol. You could also look at the typical antipsychotics which are the older ones. They tend to not have much in the way of side effects leaning towards weight gain. Although the problem with them is that they tend to have other side effects that really aren't as easy to tolerate. Examples are muscle stiffness,twitching, symptoms related to tardive dyskenesia and others.
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Re: Bipolar meds with no weight gain

When I was on Lithium I gained 40 pounds....not good

 
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When I was on Lithium I gained 40 pounds....not good
I'm on lithium myself but luckily so far I haven't gained any weight. Which is good. Its been hard to lose after taking the amount of seroquel that I used to take though
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Old 04-05-2009, 10:13 PM   #6
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Re: Bipolar meds with no weight gain

I really believe it all comes to an individual basis by basis situation. We are all different, chemically speaking, so how meds will work on one person does not mean they will the same way on another. Your lucky you haven't gained on lithium. I gained the weight so fast it was unbelievable. I was also on the many other meds at that time, but I really think it was the lithium. It also made me feel like a zombie. All I did was sleep and eat...literally. I had no job, I stopped going to school and just slept and ate. But I think Lithium just wasn't the med for me, because I know it works great for many others. I hope it keeps working for you Under.

 
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Re: Bipolar meds with no weight gain

I know at one point my pdoc put me on Topamax because it wasn't suppose to cause weight gain..... of course, I was probably the 1 in 10,000 that did gain weight..... I agree that we are all chemically different and what creates weight gain in some may not in others.... I take lithium and I haven't gained a significant amount of weight from it... in fact I'm finally starting to lose some.

 
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Re: Bipolar meds with no weight gain

Great to hear that your losing weight. Thats something I need to accomplish still. I don't weigh a whole lot but it would be nice to lose 10 or 20 pound if you know what I mean.
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Old 04-05-2009, 11:14 PM   #9
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Re: Bipolar meds with no weight gain

I haven't gained a lb on lamictal, and I've been on it for three years now.

 
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Re: Bipolar meds with no weight gain

Your the third person on the forum who has said great things about about lamictil. Sounds like a great med.
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Old 04-06-2009, 04:02 PM   #11
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Re: Bipolar meds with no weight gain

Under, it is a pretty good med. I have no side effects from it.

 
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I haven't gained a lb on lamictal, and I've been on it for three years now.
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That's great to hear, because I started lamictal almost 4 weeks ago. I was on lithium once and gained 40 pounds, so I was worried about that happening again. Good to hear!

 
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Re: Bipolar meds with no weight gain

I haven't gained any on Lamictal or Abilify, but i do know someone that gained 25 lbs. on Geodon.

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Re: Bipolar meds with no weight gain

I've taken Geodon twice in the past, but never gained any weight.
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Llama,
That's great to hear, because I started lamictal almost 4 weeks ago. I was on lithium once and gained 40 pounds, so I was worried about that happening again. Good to hear!
I have been on Lithium 5 years now, and have gained, over 20lbs with it, and can't budge an oz of it.
I am having problems with my doctor changing it for me though, they keep on reducing it but won't take me off it.

 
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