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Old 03-12-2005, 02:12 PM   #1
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I am 16 and just diagnosed as being bipolar, for about 2 years before that diagnoses I was misdiagnosed with an anxiety disorder and started on Lexapro and Elavil. The Elavil increased my appetite beyond belief and I went from about 145 to about 180 in a few months so I stopped taking it and was put on Zonegran which is and anti-siezure drug but has prove wieght loss effects and so far I have lost a little amout of wieght. But the I started seeing a psychiatrist and was diagnosed as being bipolar and taken off of the lexapro and put on Zyprexa which he said can cause serious wait loss but I have not been able to find out about how much wieght people have gained. So if you have been on this or know of someone else who has been I would like to know what to excpect. I know I should want to stop feeling how I feel mentally but my wieght gain has been a serious source of problems. so if you know about Zyprexa or about a good drug that doesnt cause wieght gain please let me know.

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Old 03-12-2005, 04:06 PM   #2
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Re: Zyprexa

abilify is not supose to cause weight gain.
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Old 03-12-2005, 07:46 PM   #3
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Re: Zyprexa


Hi honey! Yeah Zeprexa is bad for weight gain. I got up to 209 on it and I'm only 5'4" tall. Abilify like Mud suggested is a good weight loss choice. I'm taking Geodon since I got off the Zeprexa and have lost a bunch of weight. It might help you. Just remember to take care of yourself first!

Our friend Ruth always says:"Skinny or sane" "Skinny or sane"

You do have a unique problem in that you're only 16 and it's important in high school not to be over weight.

The abilify and geodon are anti psycotics just like Zyprexa. I had a seemless transition from the Zyprexa to the geodon. I hope this helps in some way.



Old 03-13-2005, 11:02 AM   #4
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Re: Zyprexa

Hi, Sara

I had zyprexa recently prescribed for me. I had taken it before, but forgot about the weight thing. It makes me crave food constantly, even after a large meal. I'm asking for a switch to geodon next time I see my prescriber . . .this Wednesday.

I have to confess that I quit taking it after two days . . . I had already gained 4 pounds. I'm not very big in the discipline area when it comes to food.

I can definitely identify with the weight gain from meds, though. I just worked really hard this past year to lose what I had gained from other meds.

Good luck!

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