lithium weight gain

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the archer
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   Posted 2/11/2009 10:20 AM (GMT -7)   
i have been on 1000mg of lithium for four years and have put on approx.55 pounds in weight.i have tried strict dieting and exercise but after a couple of weeks i continue to gain weight,i want to try a liquid only diet but lithium users are not allowed due to absorbsion/blood level problems-the diet companies insist on a medical questionaire being completeted by your GP.Any ideas anybody?

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   Posted 2/11/2009 10:54 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Archer,

Welcome to HealingWell and to the bipolar board.

Have you talked to your doctor about trying a different medication? Surely your doc is concerned about your weight gain as well. I would run it by them and see what they have to say.

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olivia of course
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   Posted 2/24/2009 5:32 AM (GMT -7)   
the archer,

I was on Lithium in the past and only gained about 15-20lbs, but losing even an ounce was next to impossible. I changed my diet and even exercised regularly, but could not get the weight off. Unfortunately, the rx is known to make people gain weight, as Serafena suggested you should probably bring your concerns up with your pdoc. There are other mood stabilizers that are weight neutral. Please let us know what you decide.

Olivia :-)
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