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Bipolar and Weight Gain

Posted by @ryan4250 in Mental Health, Jan 7, 2012

Has anyone experienced weight gain with bipolar medications?

Tags: mental health


Posted by @sarahlayne23, Jan 10, 2012

It is more of a "I can't lose it." I have been at the same weight since I started. I watch what I eat and burn anywhere from 3000 to 4500 a day without exercising. I feel like my metabolism just hit rock bottom. I am at 250 (high after I had my son) and it might fluctuate five to ten pounds a day. Ugh.


Posted by @ryan4250, Jan 10, 2012

I take Abilify and it seems to really pack on the pounds over the last few years.

Posted by @transversemyelitisalabama, Jan 11, 2012

Many of the meds for bipolar cause weight gain. There are some that are not as bad as others. Ask your doctor about that.


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Posted by @royalpalms, Jan 22, 2012

I had a terrible meltdown when I took Ability, anyone else?


Posted by @tbal40, Jan 15, 2012

ryan4250 i have actually been bipolar for ever i am not one who gains weight you have to let the meds get in you system ...good luck to you ...god be with you

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Posted by @meeha, Jan 15, 2012

My weight gain was minimal. Now with my NEW med I am losing weight actually!!! Yeah!!!

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Posted by @barba202, Jan 15, 2012

May I ask what your new med is? You can email me. My sister-in-law has this same problem and is very uncomfortable. She could really use a break and a med that helps her lose weight instead of gain it would be amazing.


Posted by @lexiesmom, Jan 22, 2012

Ive been on anti depressants for over 20 years and I remember prozac had an appetite suppressant in it, Im sure there are others, can ask dr. I started taking an anti depressant new on market last July, called Viibryd, no weight gain/loss.


Posted by @lexiesmom, Jan 22, 2012

My doctor started me on a higher dose of seraquel but lowered it gradually because he said it does cause weight gain. The mid day dose used to make me want to eat non stop for 2 hours.

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Posted by @roxie43, Jan 26, 2012

A lot of psych meds cause weight gain which can lead to diabetes and other health issues. Sometimes one has to try several. I loved Wellbutrin because I actually lost weight but it did not touch the depression. The one that worked caused a 30 pound weight gain and the doc took me off and recommended a gym.


Posted by @rachaelward, Jun 27, 2012

I have bipolar and was taking seroquel which resulted in me gaining 70 pounds. I have nothing good to say about seroquel... I felt sluggish and passive on it while steadily gaining weight. Currently, I am taking Dekapote and respiritian which work well. Happily, I have lost the awful weight too. Be patient; best of luck.

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