What meds don't cause weight gain?

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Zomese
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   Posted 9/5/2007 2:54 PM (GMT -7)   
I know a lot of meds are said to have weight gain as a side effect. I want to hear what has everyone taken that did not cause weight gain. Even if it was mentioned as a possible side effect.
 
I have a doctors appt in 1 1/2 hours and I want to be equipped with that info before I go in.
 
Thanks

Zomese

28 years old

Bipolar II, Panic Disorder, OCD

Seroquel and Klonopin as needed

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olivia of course
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   Posted 9/5/2007 4:35 PM (GMT -7)   
Zomese,
 
I wish I could tell you of the perfect meds that doesn't make you gain weight, but I can't.  Also, one med can make you gain a lot weight, but it makes another person lose weight.  You never know how things will go, the only way would be to take the meds and find out.  The given meds that make you gain a lot of weight is Lithium, Depakote, some anti-depressants and anti-psychotics.  I hope this was helpful.
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footballfan
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   Posted 9/5/2007 4:58 PM (GMT -7)   
Dutchie takes Lithium and she has not gained weight. Now this is not simply because it hasn't had that affect but the fact that she has made a lifestyle change. She has lost at least 20 lbs. since her diagnosis in June simply by cutting out a lot of carbs and starches and committing to a daily workout program that she does at home. As I have always told her, dieting just doesn't work, it needs to be a lifestyle change that you commit to so your not going to yo-yo with your weight. Everyone is different but the committment she has made has paid off. I hope that helps.

Zomese
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   Posted 9/6/2007 8:29 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks, both responses we very helpful.
 
I went to see my prescribing doctor and he is sticking with the seroquel. Oh well. I suppose I will take it. He said I can half it, or even quarter it if that makes me feel better. But the pills are so tiny. If I hate it, then I we will try something
 
His thoughts are after I take the 25mg and don't freak out I won't be so afraid to take more. The good thing is that he said it's not the kind of medicine that has to have a steady amount in my system to work. So we'll see how it goes. I like not having to take it everyday. He was very open about the side effects which was refreshing. So I definately won't take it when I have to go to work the next day.
 
And since it's such a low dose, and I'm not taking it everyday I don't have to worry about weight gain and the other bad things that go along with it. 
 
I see my new therapist tonight at 4:00, I'm told she specializes in bipolar and anxiety/panic. So I'm looking forward to that. 

Zomese

28 years old

Bipolar II, Panic Disorder, OCD

Seroquel and Klonopin as needed

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mogli
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   Posted 9/6/2007 3:26 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi Zomese,

Good for you for getting ready to take the Seroquel :-) .  I hope your appointment with your new therapist went well.  I am thinking of you and hope you start feeling much better, soon.

 


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