zyprexa....any thoughts pdoc just gave me some

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   Posted 4/25/2009 5:58 PM (GMT -7)   
zyprexa....any thoughts pdoc just gave me some

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   Posted 4/25/2009 6:07 PM (GMT -7)   
Wait. Before you freak,

It's supposed to be one of the best drugs around. It can be really helpful. So give it a chance.

Lots of people do well on Zyprexa who haven't done well on anything else. Yes, it has a terrible reputation for weight gain, but if you're happier, you can get to the gym and work it off again. There are positives to consider as well.

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   Posted 4/25/2009 9:03 PM (GMT -7)   

Unfortunetly, Zyprexa has a tendency to make you gain weight, but on the bright side it is one of the best treatments for bipolar disorder. I have been on many meds before and Zyprexa aside from the weight gain has done wonders for me. I try to counteract the weight gain by trying to eat healthy and regular exercise. You should talk to your pdoc about your concerns, there are other similar meds out their that have minimal to no weight gain associated with them. But talk to your pdoc before crossing Zyprexa off your list.

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   Posted 4/26/2009 9:26 AM (GMT -7)   
I have taken zyprexa since 2006 and it works for me really well....
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   Posted 4/29/2009 4:22 PM (GMT -7)   
Thomas, I've been taking zyprexa since last June.  My pdoc started me on it during a particularly bad manic episode, and I responded to it well within a couple of days.  Almost immediately, I was able to sleep and become less irritable.  Zyprexa has really worked well with me.  I take 5mg zyprexa each evening, and have not gained any weight since being on it.  My pdoc also prescribed Topimax at the same time and said that it helps curve any excess hunger and prevents weight gain while on the zyprexa.
Unfortunately, there are alot of bad news stories and articles written about the side effects of zyprexa.  A couple of times they have scared me and I have tried going off of it with my pdocs help, but have ended up going back on it because I just feel better and happier while on it.  For me, taking zyprexa and being calm and happy is worth it.  I've made peace with the medicine and am thankful that it's available to me.  Hopefully, it can make you feel better, too!

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   Posted 4/30/2009 6:56 AM (GMT -7)   
My bpdoc wanted to start me on Zyprexa and I freaked because I heard about the wt gain.  Then he put me on Geodon, and I have lost wt and mentally feel great.  Everyone around me can not believe the mental change in me.  I am not saying it would do the same for you I am just saying mention it to you doctor.  But I want you to know that I also felt that this time I did not even care if it made me gain wt because I have had enough of the psycho episodes, it was killing me, and my family.  This is only a suggestion to ask about the Geodon to your dr.  Good luck my prayers are with you.
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