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Post Reply Anyone here take medication for their mental disorder and noticed weigh gain?
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All sorts of Psychiatric medications will cause weight gain. Especially the Atypical Antipsychotics, as well as the Anticholinergics, the older Tricyclic Antidepressants, whereas the NEWER ones Side effects, aka SSRI's, are embarrassingly more 'torturous' to the Person's hormones, and Sexual drive.

When I was a Child, I took Elavil, aka Amitriptyline for Depression and Anxiety. Gained close to 30 pounds in 3 Months. Even while also on Ritalin. The Tricyclics/Antipsychotics are no joke as far as Weight gain goes.

The WORST I've seen, is Zyprexa, Seroquel, Elavil, Risperdal, Remeron, and Lamictal. You WILL gain weight no matter HOW healthy You continue to eat, exercise, and treat Your Body. That's just the way of the Drug, Crunchyrollers....

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I don't take any psych meds, although I probably should. I did gain weight taking Prednisone for my autoimmune disorder, I was always hungry, irritable and had insomnia.
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PrinceJudar wrote:

They're known for causing weight gain. You should definitely talk it over with your psychiatrist

I'm actually considering getting on a very light SSRI. I've always thrown out scripts given to me for it. My therapist has been pressuring it though and I might consider it just for next year when I move out--when start becoming independent...maybe.

I've lived with anxiety as long as I can remember, it's only gotten worse as I got older. My stimming and vocal tics are getting out of hand...I just want to find other ways to manage though. It's not like life will ever get easier for me.



Anti-anxiety medications work great. I use buspirone. It hasn't made me gain weight (that is the alcohol, though I am loosing it again). I do suggest you try it. It works wonders.

Also, ALWAYS GO GENARIC. Same meds 95% cheaper.
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x-Cellar_Door-x wrote:

All sorts of Psychiatric medications will cause weight gain. Especially the Atypical Antipsychotics, as well as the Anticholinergics, the older Tricyclic Antidepressants, whereas the NEWER ones Side effects, aka SSRI's, are embarrassingly more 'torturous' to the Person's hormones, and Sexual drive.

When I was a Child, I took Elavil, aka Amitriptyline for Depression and Anxiety. Gained close to 30 pounds in 3 Months. Even while also on Ritalin. The Tricyclics/Antipsychotics are no joke as far as Weight gain goes.

The WORST I've seen, is Zyprexa, Seroquel, Elavil, Risperdal, Remeron, and Lamictal. You WILL gain weight no matter HOW healthy You continue to eat, exercise, and treat Your Body. That's just the way of the Drug, Crunchyrollers....



I take 1.5 mg of Risperdal a day. I haven't gained much weight in the 19 years I have taken it. I did gain weight when I turned 21 though... I wonder why...
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Dark_Alma wrote:
Anti-anxiety medications work great. I use buspirone. It hasn't made me gain weight (that is the alcohol, though I am loosing it again). I do suggest you try it. It works wonders.

Also, ALWAYS GO GENARIC. Same meds 95% cheaper.


I've been avoiding them for a very long time. I know I'm increasingly becoming more neurotic, but I'm really not fond of medication. The last time I entangled with medication it impaired my thinking. I'm wary of that becoming an issue.

I'm not sure I'm willing to take that risk.

I've been using other methods until I can figure something else out...

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From what I can remember when I took depression and anxiety meds I don't think I ever really gained weight. I only weigh about 145lbs and I took medications for...4 years maybe. I stopped taking them after the constant suicidal thoughts and harmful actions I've had.

That said if you are worried then talk to your doctor and psychiatrist.
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PrinceJudar wrote:


Dark_Alma wrote:
Anti-anxiety medications work great. I use buspirone. It hasn't made me gain weight (that is the alcohol, though I am loosing it again). I do suggest you try it. It works wonders.

Also, ALWAYS GO GENARIC. Same meds 95% cheaper.


I've been avoiding them for a very long time. I know I'm increasingly becoming more neurotic, but I'm really not fond of medication. The last time I entangled with medication it impaired my thinking. I'm wary of that becoming an issue.

I'm not sure I'm willing to take that risk.

I've been using other methods until I can figure something else out...



The only thing I really tell that alters my thinking is the jadedness of me. The medication just makes me not freak out before tests X)
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I was just wonder if some of you CR users take medication for your mental illness and it caused you to gain weigh. If you haven't gain weigh, then has the pills help you lose pounds? What medications are good for weigh loss? These are mainly for the pills that are used for people who have a mental disability.

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I take Abilify and Zoloft and I'm gaining weigh. It could be the pills but then again it might just be me. I am not certain. Anyway I'll see a professional and ask questions later. I'm thinking about changing my pills for something new.


What do you think? If you don't take pills for a mental disorder but a physical disorder instead, has the pills caused you to gain weigh or lose weigh?


Let me know your thoughts.

Enjoy!!!


I suffer from manic depressive bipolar dissorder. Complicated by social anxiety disorder. The later due to my military service and years of homelessness. I am on depakote, seroquil, trazidone, and Xanax as needed. I can tell you weight gain is definitely an issue. You have to commit yourself to getting some exercise at least 20 minutes a day. This will not only help with the weight gain, it can also help with your depression.

You should absolutely, positively under no circumstances quit taking your meds without a doctor's advice. That is horribly dangerous to yourself and those around you.

That exercise can simply be a walk around the neighborhood. The important thing is to get out of the house and burn calories. Good luck and God bless.
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I am on Wellbutrin and Zoloft and it actually killed my appetite and caused me to lose 30lbs. My appetiate eventually leveled out and it's okay now and I can maintain.
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I noticed a 10 pound or so weight gain when I started my SSRI. My weight stabilized right after that 10 pounds though so I don't think you have to worry too much about weight gain, at least in my experience.
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you really cant trust the doctors. your bascialy telling them what to do to you anyways.
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What kind of question is this
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I usually gain a little weight when I start a new medication, but to be honest, I think that might just be because I'm hyper aware of when and what I am eating when I start taking something - trying to eat at the same time every day, making sure I eat something high-fat with certain medications, etc.. After a few weeks, I tend to give up with being pedantic and my weight evens out again.
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qualeshia3 wrote:

I was just wonder if some of you CR users take medication for your mental illness and it caused you to gain weigh. If you haven't gain weigh, then has the pills help you lose pounds? What medications are good for weigh loss? These are mainly for the pills that are used for people who have a mental disability.

My Turn:

I take Abilify and Zoloft and I'm gaining weigh. It could be the pills but then again it might just be me. I am not certain. Anyway I'll see a professional and ask questions later. I'm thinking about changing my pills for something new.


What do you think? If you don't take pills for a mental disorder but a physical disorder instead, has the pills caused you to gain weigh or lose weigh?


Let me know your thoughts.

Enjoy!!!


I suffer from manic depressive bipolar dissorder. Complicated by social anxiety disorder. The later due to my military service and years of homelessness. I am on depakote, seroquil, trazidone, and Xanax as needed. I can tell you weight gain is definitely an issue. You have to commit yourself to getting some exercise at least 20 minutes a day. This will not only help with the weight gain, it can also help with your depression.

You should absolutely, positively under no circumstances quit taking your meds without a doctor's advice. That is horribly dangerous to yourself and those around you.

That exercise can simply be a walk around the neighborhood. The important thing is to get out of the house and burn calories. Good luck and God bless.


Thank you.
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What kind of question is this


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