This is my first post on this website. I have been fighting depression for about 10 years and have been recently diagnosed with bipolar II. Unfortunately, I was in a bad place before I was diagnosed. I have had thoughts of suicide. Currently I am taking 3 Prozac’s, 250 mg lamictal, and 10 mg zyprexa daily. The zyprexa seems to help me feel normal, but I have noticed some side effects. My stomach in the past couple of weeks has swollen. I almost look pregnant and I have gained about 15 pounds. I have had an increase in appetite, but I know I have not eaten that much food. Also, my breasts are soar and I have had headaches. Does anyone have any info about these symptoms? Also, I have not asked my doc. but, is anyone else with bipolar II taking Prozac along with other meds. I have read that Prozac is not intended for bipolar. Thanks for any info...
Welcome, I have read of similar simptoms on another thread. You should probably get it cheched out. I took Zyprexa in the past and gained 10 lbs in 1 week and by the end of the month 20+ lbs. I hope your meds get worked out soon and best wishes!
Welcome to HW. I just wanted to say when I took Zyprexa many years ago it made me gain about 40lbs, give or take a few. Not everyone is the same, but weight gain is a big side effect for that drug. It was hard b/c the Zyprexa helped me feel better back then, but yeah, I'm still trying to get the extra weight off.
And any antidepressants can make bp symptoms worse. Just talk to your doctor about all of your concerns. I too was originally dx'd with depression for many years before my bpII dx. It's very common, but at least you know what you're dealing with now. I hope you can find the right meds, and I welcome you again to this board. There is a ton of support here.