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Old 08-28-2008, 02:22 AM   #1
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Question Bipolar meds and weight gain.

When I was diagnosed with Bipolar I was put on to a cocktail of drugs, one of which was Zyprexa. Within three months I had picked up almost 20kg!! I had a very bad depressive episode at around this time, and the weight gain did not help.
I was taken off Zyprexa and put on to Seroquel. I have not gained anymore weight but neither have I lost any. Even with the strictest low fat etc diet weight is still a terrible struggle for me with very little success
Has anyone else had this monster weight gain, and have they had any success at all in getting rid of it.

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Old 08-29-2008, 11:14 AM   #2
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Re: Bipolar meds and weight gain.

I have been on several wieght gain drugs..My family dr. put me on this wonderful diet pill called phentermine and a strick low carb and low cal diet..I have lost 30# so far..I`m still on two wieght gaining drugs but this pill and diet has kept it from affecting me..I also walk and work out every day..I am very much over wieght and I feel the pain of depression and wieght gain..Being Bipolar and the worry of wieght gain is not easy to battle..

Old 08-29-2008, 01:05 PM   #3
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Re: Bipolar meds and weight gain.

Welcome to the board,,,, I take zyprexa.5 mgs.... I havent gained weight on it but I watch what I eat ..Many people have gained weight on zyprexa... my dose is very low...

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Old 08-31-2008, 03:28 AM   #4
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Re: Bipolar meds and weight gain.

I am not on any drugs, but I still put on weight. I think it is odd, because I do work out and allmost don't eat. At the most I worked out 3 times a week, but could not see any difference. Perhaps it is stressrelated?

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