It appears you have not yet Signed Up with our community. To Sign Up for free, please click here....

Bipolar Disorder Message Board

  • Abdominal Pain & Weight Loss taking Vyvanse and Lamictal

  • Post New Thread   Closed Thread
    Thread Tools Search this Thread
    Old 06-07-2008, 08:54 PM   #1
    Junior Member
    kwj001's Avatar
    Join Date: Nov 2004
    Location: USA
    Posts: 45
    kwj001 HB User
    Abdominal Pain & Weight Loss taking Vyvanse and Lamictal

    My pdoc told me that a side affect of these two meds was weightloss...great news for me as I was very overweight when I started them late last summer.

    I started losing my urge to eat and really have to make myself eat a decent meal - although it's probably more in line, per portion size, that we should eat. I drink coffee and diet coke, sometimes decaff...mood is level. Great news is that since Sept 2007 (shortly after starting these two meds - BTW, Vyvanse 70mg and Lamictal 300mg daily) I've lost 55 lbs....that is wonderful.

    However, in January, I started having very painful abdominal pains that would last a day or so and then go away; only to come back in a week or so. No change in bowel movements, except somewhat less as I'm eating less.

    Actually wound up in the ER last week as the pain fit gallstones - which is sometimes a downside to weightloss. Ultrasound of gallbladder was fine, CT of abdomen showed 2cc cyst on right ovary. GYN didn't see any need to remove it after a transvaginal ultrasound - said it couldn't be causing the pain.

    Pain has been mainly on my right side (where the gallbladder and cyst are) and sometimes radiates around to my back. Now, after a painful vaginal/rectal digital exam (where I was torn -blood in both areas when I cleaned up) - of course there was blood in the I am scheduled for a colonoscopy next week.

    I know this sounds like it should be onthe GI board, but here's my question. One of the top side-effects of Vyvanse (and lamicatal) is abdominal pain...

    Has anyone had this and where is the pain and how often? I will probably go through with the colonoscopy - but it seems so invasive when it feels like we are just chasing after a wild goose.

    Personally, I'd just as soon them remove my ovary (at 41, my family is complete) and even the gallbladder.

    BUT, if anyone has had continued abdominal pain taking either of these meds, please share with me. Sorry for all the details; but figured it might make it easier to hear the whole thing.
    "It is never too late to be what you might have been."

    The following user gives a hug of support to kwj001:
    Bayale (06-26-2011)
    Sponsors Lightbulb
    Old 06-11-2008, 12:42 PM   #2
    Senior Veteran
    CarenR's Avatar
    Join Date: Oct 2006
    Location: Az,USA
    Posts: 571
    CarenR HB User
    Re: Abdominal Pain & Weight Loss taking Vyvanse and Lamictal

    Welcome to the board. I dont take the meds you take. just wanted to say Hello........ but most meds for Bipolar make one gain weight.. congratulations on your weight loss

    Old 06-11-2008, 06:33 PM   #3
    Senior Veteran
    seaturtle's Avatar
    Join Date: Feb 2005
    Posts: 1,910
    seaturtle HB User
    Re: Abdominal Pain & Weight Loss taking Vyvanse and Lamictal


    I've had a bit of a weight loss w/Lamictal (and I need to gain, not lose), but not major. And no abdominal pain.

    I'm glad you're getting it checked out. I'm sure you consulted your pdoc about this possible side effect.

    Let us know how you're doing and what you find out. There are many things it could be.

    I do hope it's nothing; as a matter of fact, let's hope it is a side effect, rather than something else.


    Closed Thread

    Related Topics
    Thread Thread Starter Board Replies Last Post
    Emergency room visit w/acute abdominal pain NY 1009 Liver & Pancreas Disorders 3 09-11-2012 11:28 AM
    Abdominal Pain, Gall Bladder Polyp & Blood test results ooSTEVEoo Gallbladder 10 08-25-2010 02:26 PM
    No appetite, weight loss and abdominal pain kwj001 Digestive Disorders 3 06-09-2008 07:06 AM
    Torn Abdominal Oblique/Spinal Cord Injury SilentAngel Spinal Cord Disorders 1 07-17-2007 11:02 AM
    Weight loss on Lamictal and Luvox seaturtle Bipolar Disorder 4 07-11-2007 08:14 PM
    Weight gain or loss with Keppra & Lamictal BAHAMAS Epilepsy 1 02-15-2007 08:01 PM
    Lamictal & Lithium--Anyone taking both? gav_73 Bipolar Disorder 6 10-08-2006 02:25 PM
    Stomach pain. What do my symptoms indicate? cmw Digestive Disorders 3 02-26-2005 10:16 AM

    Thread Tools Search this Thread
    Search this Thread:

    Advanced Search

    Posting Rules
    You may not post new threads
    You may not post replies
    You may not post attachments
    You may not edit your posts

    BB code is On
    Smilies are On
    [IMG] code is Off
    HTML code is Off
    Trackbacks are Off
    Pingbacks are Off
    Refbacks are Off

    Sign Up Today!

    Ask our community of thousands of members your health questions, and learn from others experiences. Join the conversation!

    I want my free account

    All times are GMT -7. The time now is 11:27 PM.

    © 2020 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved.
    Do not copy or redistribute in any form!