What about weight gain? Anybody experiencing that?

Asking about memory issues is popular on my blog, so I thought I would start a similar discussion on weight gain.

Back in 1985 when I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, I was prescribed a combination of lithium and tegretol. There was a five to ten pound weight gain associated with those meds. With a diligence for exercise I managed the weight implications associated with lithium without a problem. As long as I stayed on lithium off and on until about 2004 my weight seemed largely manageable.

Fast forward to 2004 after the birth of my daughter. I never got off my baby weight. Also due to the postpartum depression, I suffered additional weight gain in that I ceased to be motivated to run 4 to 5 times a week. In fact, I am doing well now to get a short walk in.

In 2008, I was prescribed clozapine / clozaril which largely became therapuetic for me but also was associated with a good bit of weight gain. To this day I am 20 to 30 pounds heavier than I want to be. I also want to be walking regularly. In addition to the meds’ impact on weight, I began to eat as a nervous eater and a stress eater. This did not help with the weight issues.

I am hopeful if I can jumpstart myself back into an exercise regime, I can begin to address the weight-gain and the stress eating. Because my daughter is pescatarian we largely eat healthily as a family but portions are too large and snacking is too much.

7 thoughts on “What about weight gain? Anybody experiencing that?

      1. I didn’t have weight gain with previous meds, but I started taking this particular group right around the same time, and that’s what started it. I tried going off the quetiapine, but then had a relapse of symptoms, so at that point I decided weight was the price I had to pay for these meds that are working better than any other meds I’ve tried.

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  1. When I first started on antipsychotics I gained weight but since then I made it my goal to lose the weight because I didn’t want to feel like my life is being controled by it I wanted to be in control and now I have managed to lose all the weight I gained .

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