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

Epilepsy Message Board

carbamezepine and weight gain?

Post New Thread   Closed Thread
LinkBack Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 11-01-2007, 10:52 AM   #1
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: CA
Posts: 76
elizleigh HB User
Question carbamezepine and weight gain?

Hi all!
How many of you on carbamezepine have experienced weight gain? I was just switched from Topamax to hopefully control my siezures better. I've always had trouble controlling my weight and the topa helped me loose some weight an I'm worried that it'll be all down the drain. Of course seizure control is more important, but I also have high blood pressure to worry about as well, so it's just something I'm a little worried about.


Sponsors Lightbulb
Old 11-10-2007, 07:09 AM   #2
Junior Member
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Holland
Posts: 17
Dutchepi HB User
Re: carbamezepine and weight gain?

I did gain! And believe me, I gained a lot!

But Tegretol is supposedly to be weight neutral, so it is very individual!
I can only say that the weight gain, compared to the gain on Depakine is far less! But don't know if that is any help to you!

Old 11-10-2007, 06:15 PM   #3
Senior Veteran
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: north of somewhere nice
Posts: 1,477
neurowreck HB User
Re: carbamezepine and weight gain?

I've been on Tegretol for most of 20+ years, and it has had no influence on my weight. Ironically, the brief stint on Topamax (which I will never go on again) caused a 15 pound weight gain in a month. I'm not amused.

Everybody responds to stuff differently. It could be that going off of the Topamax could be the culprit....I didn't gain weight on it (was too dopey to eat), but after going off of it. I think the stuff was developed in terror cells......

Old 11-11-2007, 02:52 AM   #4
Junior Member
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Holland
Posts: 17
Dutchepi HB User
Re: carbamezepine and weight gain?

Well that certainly makes a difference too it developing into fat cells!
But neither is very nice............

Last edited by Dutchepi; 11-11-2007 at 02:52 AM.

Old 11-14-2007, 11:01 AM   #5
Senior Veteran
Join Date: May 2006
Posts: 733
SentenceDoing HB User
Re: carbamezepine and weight gain?

I'm pretty sure Tegretol caused weight gain for me. I don't know if I'm remembering it right, but I believe when I went on Tegretol, I slowly gained 10-15 lbs. Then my doctor added Keppra, and I lost what I had gained. And then my doctor increased my Tegretol again, and I gained 15 lbs since then (about 4 years ago). ...Although my Keppra was increased a couple years ago, and I didn't lose anything...
I wonder if I have that backwards and the Keppra caused the weight gain! Gaah! I don't remember!

Closed Thread

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Board Replies Last Post
weight gain fro Azor? Flutterbye77 High & Low Blood Pressure 1 08-05-2008 03:49 PM
fibro and weight gain gorgee Fibromyalgia 9 06-13-2008 07:02 PM
weight gain and eating disorder melly3407 Bipolar Disorder 7 08-08-2007 12:16 AM
Water, Weight, The Scale! bluejbirdie Weight Loss 0 08-10-2006 08:08 AM
Zoloft/Paxil Weight Gain??!?!? tgreyz Depression 20 04-24-2006 12:31 PM
Weight Gain or Weight Loss? deejavu Lyme Disease 32 03-24-2006 05:24 AM
Attention Depakote/carbamezepine Users KP2002 Epilepsy 6 11-27-2005 07:12 PM
Weight Gain from Depression Meds--HELP! sourgirl29 Eating Disorder Recovery 4 07-26-2005 05:15 PM
The pill = weight gain? BallroomBlitz Birth Control 8 05-13-2005 06:01 PM

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 08:34 PM.

Site owned and operated by HealthBoards.comô
© 1998-2018 HealthBoards.comô All rights reserved.
Do not copy or redistribute in any form!