Abilify caused me to gain weight. Now that I have stoped it how long till I drop the weight

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aj153
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   Posted 8/24/2011 12:53 PM (GMT -7)   
Just as I stated before. I believe all my weight gain is because of the drug abilify. Now that I have stoped how long till its out of my system and I can start to loose the weight again. I exercise everyday for at least 25 mins on a treadmill. I am also dieting to help loose the weight. I am hoping to looose 40 pounds in 6 months. How is this for a goal.

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   Posted 8/24/2011 1:40 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi, aj153,

40 pounds in 6 months is an average of about .2380 pounds per day
or 1.6666 pounds per week. That's an excellent goal to try to obtain, don't you think? With a controlled weight loss like that, I doubt that you would even need to supplement your diet with vitamins or minerals if you were working with a bariatrician, especially if you rely heavily on a treadmill. But I'd ask someone who has knowledge of recommended desirable weight loss averages per week if I were you. A nutritionist at the hospital would probably tell you with just a phone call to the hospital asking to speak to her/him would probably do it.

The more you workout on your treadmill, the more you will lose, as you know. And the more you workout, the greater your desire to work on the treadmill becomes. Exercise breeds exercise, I found.

Tell me, please, what motivated you to get back on the treadmill?
I have one that I look at each morning and turn and walk away from.
Sheer fear, I think, of all the work--foolishness, I know, for me.
Maybe I'll try again, too.

I.G.

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aj153
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   Posted 8/24/2011 4:45 PM (GMT -7)   
I have to I was addicted to opiods and I need to work out to get the endorphins going again. I have to push myself till I feel like I am going to pass out. See I was bed ridden for a long time and now 20 mins on a treadmill is a long time for me. I keep pushing myself to do more and more. Hopefully I will contiune doing it and keep working out. I didnt go today because I had to take my daughter to a movie. Ive missed 2 days in the last 3 weeks.

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   Posted 8/24/2011 5:16 PM (GMT -7)   
Slow down. Don't throw one addiction out for another. Exercise is good. Exercise addiction = not good.

What is really more important? Time with your baby girl or losing 0.23 pound? Look online for calorie burners. Don't stress out, LAUGH (seriously, burns lots of calories). Sex. Play with your kids. (How about kickball?)

Losing weight is not an all-or-nothing deal. Take each little victory as it comes. ENJOY your exercise, love your life and for God's sake,

Chill out!

(I say this in the most kind supportive way, btw :) )
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aj153
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   Posted 8/25/2011 3:58 AM (GMT -7)   
I cant excersise that much only 20 mins every other day on the treadmill then on off days weight training. They say your supposed to get 20mins of excersise every other day is good for you Im doing about 20-30 mins every day. As for spending time with my daughter I have already increased that by about 400 percent. I spend all day with her. 30 mins to myself isnt asking to much. Especially if it helps me get off the obsese list.

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   Posted 8/28/2011 4:38 AM (GMT -7)   
Strive for balance. Find the exercise routine that works for you, 20-30 minutes everyday or every other day is adequate. Clean up your diet, and do not do so concerned with jumping on the scales. The way your clothes fit will tell you if you are losing unwanted pounds. Cutting out caffeine or greatly reducing it goes along way. I lost about 30 pounds and it took almost a year but if you do it slowly and develop good eating habits (sure it is OK to cheat once in a while, we are human) you will keep it off and it will be easier to maintain a weight that you feel good about. Diets do not work and have a tendency to cut out vital nutrients.


Eat less. Move more.

Gem

aj153
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   Posted 8/28/2011 4:48 AM (GMT -7)   
Ive cut out 90 percent of my caffeine. I only drink pop once a week now. Its tough but I am doing it. Its been 3 weeks now. As for excersising I have found a good routine 20-30 mins a day everyday. I am kind of taking my time. I would like to loose the weight in a 6 month period.

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   Posted 8/28/2011 12:06 PM (GMT -7)   
Good for you. Did you have any caffiene withdrawals? Often you get headaches.

It is good to go slow with the exercise routine, until your body gets adjusted. I think you have set reasonable goals. I am gradually losing weight. I cut out pop all together and switched to lemon water. And I am trying to walk as much as possible. I have lost 20 pounds, but would love to lose another twenty. Slow but sure. Winter is coming and that is going to be hard. I use to cross country ski, but can't seem to get myself to do it anymore. But I hope to continue walking.

Keep up the good work.

Hugs, Karen
 
I take abilify and haven't noticed any weight gain.  How much were you taking.  I take 10mg a day.
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   Posted 8/29/2011 7:47 AM (GMT -7)   
I quit drinking pop and started to drink lemon water, cut down my food intake and I walk a lot. I lost 20 pounds doing this. I hope it helps you.

Welcome to the forum Rochan. I am glad that you have joined in. Feel free to start your own thread if you would like to. You have come to a wonderful place.

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   Posted 8/29/2011 9:43 AM (GMT -7)   
This is just my opinion, but from watching my wife go through this. She takes Ablify and she gained weight and it is blamed on Abilify. It is not the Abilify that causes you to gain weight, its eating habbits and lack of exercise. Now the Abilify can cause you to be tired when you first get on it which can cause you to be lazy in turn no exercise, also bordem and being lazy can sometimes increase appetites so this will cause you to want to eat more. So the combination of this is weight gain, now Abilify can cause these moods when first starting it out, but if you can be mindfull of these changes in your moods and stick through it, they will fade and your body will adjust and you just being mindfull of it an not eating too much or eat healthy and will working take the stairs or the long way to where ever your heading do the little things they will all add up anything will help. But in my opinion if your mindfull of this then you can get through it and let the drug help you with the illness. I speak this from the heart of someone that has been hurt many times by his spouse that has BP, I beilieve a person that has BP needs to be treated not only for themselves but the loved ones that are around them.

Again this is just my opinion, I don't know this from experience my self just by observing my spouse and the changes that happened to her. But to be honest I love her wieght gain and she did not gain much at all in my eyes but she made the comment that it bothers her and if she is not happy no one is happy. <---which this is true :) Anyways I love my wife sooooo much I don't think she could ever gain enough weight to ever take the beauty away that I see, I am not the pervert on the street checking her out my comments are true and straight from my heart.

Definetly true love towards her.

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   Posted 8/29/2011 12:27 PM (GMT -7)   
Psychiatric medications alter brain chemisty and inherently affect appetite, metabolism and digestion. There are medications which increase appetite. And there are medications that cause sudden weight gain - even diabetes.

Not every aspect of weight gain or loss can be controlled.

There are things extremely difficult to control: poor eating habits, binge eating while depressed, emotional eating, binging while hypomanic, starvation while manic to mess up metabolism, lack of exercise from depression, inability keep a regular schedule, anxiety to prevent grocery shopping, and on and on.

Medication can help improve weight problems due to lack of impulse control or mood episodes. But it may not cancel out the effect the medication has.

I am on Seroquel. My Dr. raised my dose and I gained 15 pounds FAST. I was working really hard to lose weight. No change. He lowered my dose and the weight fell off without working at it.

I don't know if this makes any sense at all, I'm trying to say that medication has an effect on ALL of the body and can cause weight gain even in a person with the healthiest of habits.
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   Posted 8/29/2011 2:35 PM (GMT -7)   
When I took prozac I swear I coulfd look at food and gain weight. It was so bad. I felt fat and bloated all the time. When I came off of it, I gradually lost the weight. I don't know how long it will take you to lose weight coming off of abilify. I just hope that you feel good. It works wonders for me, I wish it did for you too.

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   Posted 8/30/2011 2:03 AM (GMT -7)   
i find abilify excellent. i walk and alike karen and others have cut massively down on the cofffee and i too have lemon tea / water. i need to exercise more, issues with my back and diabetes impeeds this a little, but i push. this will be impacted as i am giving up smoking. will be 1 grumpybum for awhile. keep well to you all. sending my healing compassion to you all.

-jamie
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REMEMBER TO LOVE YOU. BE YOU AND BE TRUE.

tortoise11
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   Posted 8/30/2011 5:45 AM (GMT -7)   
Caffiene is destabilizing.
 
But, cutting out caffiene is not a weight loss strategy.  Caffiene is an stimulant and appetite supressant.  Virtually all weight loss supplements contain caffiene.
 
But we're all bipolar here so caffiene-free is a good thing.  Just want to clarify that the no caffiene = weight loss concept is not correct.

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   Posted 8/30/2011 8:29 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi, Aj153, hope you're getting along well with the weight loss.

If I didn't mention to you earlier to please go to the ruthwhalen.comcaffeine website and read what she has to say about caffeine and its detrimental effects on the human systems. It was one of the most enlightening things I ever read about how caffeine affects people who are allergic to it.

My psychiatrist told me that it actually makes bipolar illness worse, as does alcohol, but it's hard to believe until you read what Ruth Whalen has to say about it.

Tortoise is right on target, I think. Caffeine is detrimental to folks who have bipolar illness.

I.G.
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