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Should i get back on Zyprexa?
thenewguyhere posted:
I have successfully tapered off of Zyprexa after gaining 50 pounds on it. It helped with my bipolar depression but my weight has become an issue. The problem is that my depression is coming back again. I've been on Lamictal 200mg and Paxil 50mg along with the zyprexa though i dont plan on tapering off of them. They seem quite ineffective now but yeah. I'm trying to control myself with pure mental concentration. Should i get back on zyprexa?
ddnos responded:
Can you ask your doctor if there's another med in the same class as zyprexa that works similarly but doesn't have the tendency toward weight gain? You could also ask Dr. G. here - he may even see your post and reply to it. If not (or even if so) I would definitely bring your concern to your psychiatrist to find a different med that may not cause as much weight gain.

These meds can be a pain sometimes, eh? They work, but only if we are facing the correct planet at the right time. lol Sarcasm? Never!

Good luck!
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robbrown68 responded:
I was on Zyprexa for over 4 years and I was actually taking it because of the weight gain side effect. During my episodes I wouldn't eat or sleep and I lost so much weight. I have a small frame and other than being pregnant I've never weighed more that 125 lbs. However in the past 1 to 1 1/2 I started gaining weight and asked my doctor if we could try something else. Now I take Lamotrigine (Lamictal) 200 mg, Citalopram Hydrobromide 20 mg for depression and I have Clonazepam 0.5 on hand for anxiety (however clonazepam can be addictive) so I try not to take it daily. The key is to talk with your doctor and find out what other options you have for medications. I feel that the new combination is working for the most part but the weight gain was actually causing me additional anxiety so I'm hoping this combination works.

Good Luck

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