Low dose abilify weight gain

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My first experience with Abilify was an abnormal one (so please do not take this too seriously, as it seems I was an exception), since it threw me into a manic state; however, my Psychiatrist has come to the conclusion that I'm just wired completely different. After being weaned off the stuff for about a week, my Psychiatrist put me back on it, but a fourth of what I was taking.
although some people tend to gain weight on it slowly (say 2 to 5 pounds a year), but this is very different from Zyprexa or Seroquel that can cause dramatic increases in weight...Generally this can be managed with small changes in exercise and diet. I start everyone on the medication at very low doses and titrate it upwards (except if someone is acutely manic) because it can cause a disturbing (but not dangerous) side effect called akathisia (feeling the need to move)...
5mg, tapered it to 2mg, the withdrawel is horrible, i feel like i have the flu, my head hurts, im shaky, anxious, it is horrible..after this should i just tsop the abilify or continue to tper till i get low, i am very sensitive to meds , but dont want to feel like this all the time...im too exhausted to do anything....or if anybody has some solutions for the withdrawel symptoms that would be great..
She said I have to be aggressive in dieting and especially exercising but I feel too depressed to exercise. Any tips on how NOT to gain weight on Seroquel ? Can anyone share their experience on Seroquel with me ? BTW, she has to watch putting me on antidepressants b/c they make me feel too good and throw me into a manic episode. Thanks for any help or replies!
I was on a low dose of Abilify for about three months and while it did help a little with depression (was also taking Cymbalta) I had a lot of weight gain. I was constantly hungry and the medication didn't help matters by slowing my metabolism.
I did not gain weight on lithium but I sure have on Mirtazapine (Remeron). Weight gain is not a certainty on lithium nor on any drug but the majority of AD, AP, MS and a pile of other drugs used in mental illness treatment have Weight Gain as a possible side effect.
I take 200 mg once a day, which I'm told is a relatively low dose. My psych told me that people lose weight while on Wellbutrin. NOT ME! I've gained 50 pounds and I don't seem to be able to take it off even with diet and exercise. I started thinking it was just me. I'm sorry you've had the same experience but I'm glad to know I'm not alone. It has really helped with the anxiety/panic thing but I can't stand how I look! I think I'm going to try something else.
It was a great drug for me though, but at one tome, my progesterone levels were over 1000, too high, and my dose which was the highest dose, had to be notched down. Abilify can cause weight gain, but it wasn't much pf an issue for me. What it did do was give me tremors and restless feet, that was pretty constant, and that was why my doctpr took me off of it, because he feared it was giving me tardive dyskinesia, which can become permanent. You're already on Cogentin for that with your tremors.
I am on 5 mgs now, so a pretty low dose. I am on Lithium as well, but have previously tried Risperidone and Seroquel. Abilify was thought to be a better option, as I passed out after one dose of Seroquel and on 1/2 mg a day of Resperidone I had severe side effects. I will call my specialist on Monday and see what he has to say, but I think this is not the medication for me.
Most psychiatrists would probably insist on trying other things first. Lamictal is weight neutral, although it isn't so great with mania. If it's a drug-induced weight gain, though, then something truly weight neutral will make you lose. Buspar might be a good place to go for long term anxiety control--it's got a low side effect profile, and plays well with bipolar in general. But seriously, you need to get the metabolic things checked out.
He said that it does not lead to weight gain, but when I checked online, some sites say it leads to weight gain and others to weight loss. Could you tell me what it is actually? Is it weight loss or weight gain?
so long story short, say my doc yesterday and she took me off the lithium (last night was the first night i didnt take it) and wants me to wait 3 days and start Abilify. I'm reading lots of posts and seeing some pretty severe side effects. I already have really low blood pressure and it seems that is a side effect. I'm now scared to death to take this...any advice? What has it done/not done for all of you. I'm bipolar II with more noticable depression than mania. Please help.
I've taken Abilify for yrs. with no weight gain. I've taken Lamital for the last 2 yrs. with no weight gain for the 1st yrs & a 1/2. BUT, have had significant weight gain for the last 6 mths. I've had water weight for the last 6 mth's, but NO one holds that much water *L*. I am seriously in weight/water/gain for the last yr. I'd previously stayed at thhe same weight for 8 yrs with no problem. When I took Zyprexa I had gained 80 lbs though. But once off it I lost it with work...
Thank u Annieinside.I went2my dr yesterday& asked about adding abilify(4me+my husband).She said yes it helps a lot but she will no longer prescribe it2people who dnt get it already because abilfy is apparently an anti -sicotic originally&thay make u gain weight(A lot&u cnt lose it).She said.she has1patient who cnt go w/out it.She weighed185 when she started taking it&I believe ahe said after2yrs the woman weighs over400lbs.
Lithium is rather unique, and other antiepileptic mood stabilizers (same class as divalproex) don't cause weight gain. A larger dose of an atypical antipsychotic might work for you, although most of them have a weight gain risk. CrazyMeds has extensive information on most drugs used in bipolar disorder, including the full prescribing information for doctors.
I am taking Webutrin XL and noticed a gain weight. I am not eating much and wonder why !!! I thought i was suppose to loss weight ??? I feel bloated and have stomach pain?
My dr is talking about trying Abilify as an adjunct to the low dose Wellbutrin I'm currently taking. I am not bi-polar. I've suffered from recurring major(?) depression off and on for a few years. And seemingly a low grade depression for much longer. I'm not that keen on taking a medicine which is primarly an anti--psychotic. Not sure how this drug found its way to treating depression. The possible side effects are a concern. Anyone prescribed Abilify for depression?
I didn't take it long enough to notice a change but I have heard it can be an effective combo, one drawback, possible weight gain. You sound like you are on the right track, meds, mind, and body are all intertwined and if you can work on all of those things together, you can live with this. As far as your kids go, once your well, they'll reap the benefits. You have to stay focused on your own healing first so you can be there for them. I'm sure you are a great Mom.
I currently take seroquel & lamictal. If I take seroquel @ a low dose I can control my weight. Recently I've increased my dose & have this craving for carbohydrates all the time. Lamictal hasn't been a weight gainer. In the past depakote gave me increased appetite. These meds effect everyone differently. The key is diet & exercise.
He might have reasons not to, but he should tell you. Or you could ask to try a weight neutral antipsychotic like geodon or abilify (weight gain rare). And you should call him up and ask about the latuda increase schedule. If he wants you to increase, he had better darn well tell you when he wants you to and how to take it (since it's sedating, I suspect all at night or maybe 20 in the morning and 60 at night if it comes in 20 mg sizes). Which type of bipolar are you?
Hi medicmommy So am I right in assuming that the question regarding BP meds is in regard to your husband? The question about weight gain from meds - is for you? Weight gain is a side effect listed on many medications and as some of the others have pointed out it doesn't necessarily mean you will gain weight. I have been on some that caused weight gain - WITHOUT OVEREATING - sorry just wanted to make that clear :) The weight I gained was water weight.
I read about them in a study and the best was Geodon with no incidence of weight gain, and Abilify had very little chance of weight gain. The older drugs tend to cause more weight gain. However; having said that I attended a Bipolar support group meeting and we voted on this issue and only one out of 22 people would rather be sick than be healthy and gain a few pounds. I think with this disease vanity has to take a back seat.
BTW i am on lexapro and is being told that it is part of the reason for my 80 pound weight gain I pray that CHF is not the case but I will keep you posted. MEDS: Albuterol inhaler Allergy shots Diovan 320 mg Klor-con 10 mg Lexapro 10 mg Synthroid 112mcg Singulair 10 mg Xanax 0.
I also have gained weight since I starting taking Effexor about 1 year ago. I would say about 20 pounds. I asked my pharmacist if Effexor would cause weight gain and he said no, so I was not attributing it to the drug, but I have read postings from a number of people claiming to have gained weight on it, so now I'm wondering..... Since you are coming off the drug, can you tell me how you're doing it, and what kind of side effects you have experienced?
When my Psychatrist decided to try me on Topamax it was because of my anieity over my weight gain with the standard mood stabilizers. Within these past two years I have lost 38 pounds taking this medicine. I will say that I have done low- carb about 8 of those months but ashamed to say no exercise.I have suffered with migrane headaches for about 10 years - they are gone . I think i have had one mild one .
Have you considered Lamictal? It doesn't cause weight gain, and when I take it alone, I don't feel any negative effects at all. I take a low dose...
if you bp then your more than ,.Ikey high and low is what bp is..the ablifi can make you mania even when its working..but you also need to be on something for deppreshion such as lamictail.....talk this over with ur pdoc..but yes most bi polars are on ore than 1 med...some takes yrs to get there =combo..i took ablifi it threw me into mania in 4 days...
also on klonopin.................went off abilify due toproblems after 3 months low dose of 2 mg,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,pshy dr also added seroquel as needed for sleep i dont like it makes me to drugged.....so looking for others with imput on lamictal..........im so scared been on about 4 days ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,if i was gonna be allergic would i know already.......does it cause lots of side effects or weight gain...........
I had some problem with weight gain from Seroquel and especially Risperdal. Abilify is less likely to do that but from what you say the Seroquel is tolerable except for the weight gain. Complex. It is important to keep the weight gain in check so I'd suggest having your psychiatrist refer you to a nutrionist and definitely get a test (at least once a year) for blood sugar levels and the like (on any antipsychotic).
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