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20th-Oct-2014 03:08 pm
Has anyone gained a ton of weight on Saphris or any other anti-psychotic? How do you stop it. I am exercising and have changed my diet. I have numerous preservative sensitivities/allergies so I have to be careful what I eat anyhow...no junk food. IS there any tricks or anything out there that can reverse this issue, or should I request to get off them at my appointment tomorrow? Are there any weight neutral anti-psychotics? I am at a loss on what to do. I have gained over 40 lbs in less than a year and I am trying to get fit for the fire academy. The two dont work well together. God only knows what the weight is doing to my health as well.
20th-Oct-2014 11:58 pm (UTC)
I was really underweight when I started psych meds. About 2/3 of the weight I gained got me to a healthy weight for my height and build. Some meds were worse for me than others. Seroquel made me eat nonstop. I think you are doing good things with the exercise and diet changes. Give yourself at least as much time to lose the weight as your body took to gain it. There isn't any magical trick to 'fix' this. It will take patience, persistence, and giving yourself credit for any progress you make along the way. I know that when my mental health is stabilized, I am more able to be effective at exercising and watching what and how I eat. I wish you well.
21st-Oct-2014 03:08 am (UTC)
i gained 60 pounds on seroquel. it leveled off after that first year and i havent gained any more in the last 5 years. but i havent lost any.

i'm sorry you've gained weight on antipsychotics too. its unfair that we struggle already with whatever condition lands us on antipsychotics, then to get a huge weight gain slapped on top of that.
21st-Oct-2014 05:38 pm (UTC)
Well my new doctor took me off of Saphris and all anti-psychotics as a trial 2-4 weeks. If I get bad I am suppossed to call him and try something new... I think he mentioned Geodon or Latuda? He also upped my dose of lamictal again. I guess my med coctail hasnt been decided yet since he mentioned like 5 other drugs.lol I guess we'll get this right at some point. Now to just bust my ass to lose this damn weight.
29th-Jan-2017 05:42 am (UTC) - Weight has zero relation to willpower.
Your wanting to get in condition has inspired me.

The last time I was overweight, I tried a type of calorie restriction. Strange but interesting.
I had success with weekly 18 to 20-hour fasts (liquids only).
Normal eating otherwise. It is possible that exercising while on a fast may especially benefit overall fitness.
Obviously fasting would be a total disaster to anyone with blood sugar problems. Fasts go best on busy days when you don't have a lot of time to think about food anyway. I would call it off and try another day if something came up or I got crabby.
Fire Academy, yeah!
Best of luck to you- you can do it.

Edited at 2017-01-29 05:44 am (UTC)
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