I was diagnosed BP over 25 years ago when I was in my early 30's, and I am now 60! "Mr. Lithium" and I have been together for over 20 years! I gained a total of 75 pounds over this time, but I don't contribute it all to the lith. I think what often happens to all people and not just those suffering from BP is that once a great deal of weight is gained, one becomes depressed about the gain, gives up, and begins a habit of over eating.
When I tried to quit Lithium cold turkey, I ended up in the psych ward for two weeks after a suicide attempt . . . I learned my lesson from that.
I did manage to cold turkey Zoloft and am now only taking 600 mg of lith a day along with Trazadone to help me sleep. I decided to do this because I'm having weight loss surgery in June, and they will not do it unless I lose weight before the surgery to prove that I am motivated.
Anyone out there ever combined weight loss surgery with Lithium?