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weight gain
LoreneJoie posted:
take rebifand i would like to hear some info on two things:
does rebif make you gain weight?
what is a safe appetite supressant for those of us with ms?
i am getting bigger and bigger.
i have no willpower left for this, and i would like to know what you guys out there do
LadeeEmpress responded:
OMG...I am dealing with the same thing. Before I was diagnosed, I had lost a great deal of weight which is common with MS. Now that I am on copaxone and a whole host of other crap...I am packing on the pounds. It is a double edged sword because you want to be well but I also don't want to be HUGE. I wasn't a small girl to begin with but now I feel out of control. Any help would be great!
LoreneJoie replied to LadeeEmpress's response:
Thanks for replying. I thought there would be more people out there with this problem. Please let me know if you learn anything helpful for this area. I want to excercise, but I don't feel good a lot of the time... but I am going to try to get back to it. I have really gained the pounds the past couple of years, not near as much activity as before. I seem to crave sweets a lot also. mmmmm see It is like a double edged sword, you are right. Your baby is cute! thanks again
tlltroy responded:
I would be in the same situation with everyone here. I don't take Rebif ,but I'm on Copaxone. I gained weight right after my DX ,and it's been a huge struggle to get it off. I blamed the Copaxone for the gain, but now I wonder if it the stress of the DX etc.

I've started walking and in a few weeks I'm going to start a water exercise class at the Y.
Jeffrey A Rumbaugh, MD, PhD replied to tlltroy's response:
Weight gain is not a typical side effect of Rebif, Copaxone, and the other standard MS disease modifying agents. Certainly, changes in how you feel, which could more indirectly be related to the medication, might affect your appetite or your weight. Other medications you might be on could cause weight gain. Inability or decreased ability to exercise could also contribute. You should exercise if possible, not only to keep the weight off, but because, to the extent that exercise helps you maintain your strength, coordination, and balance, it might help you compensate for any problems the MS can cause. With regards to what to do about your weight gain: you should talk to your primary care provider about it. Weight gain is a huge problem in this country (whether you have MS or not), so PCPs have lots of experience helping people fight that problem.
fitgirl123 replied to Jeffrey A Rumbaugh, MD, PhD's response:
I started taking Copaxone 3 months ago.. With NO change in my diet or exercise I gained 7lbs.. I guess the %3 incidence of weight gain should go up to 70% weight gain. .Most people I talk to have gained weight on this mediation. I stick to a dieting deficit with no cheating.. All my foods are non processed, lean meats, veggies, lots of water and I workout daily.. I am unable to lose the weight.. not even an ounce in 2 months. I LOVE dieting and not getting anywhere. Very frustrating and I really dont see the benefit of this med as I still dont feel good. I dont know what else to do.. I guess get fat and still be sick! I have always lived a life style of a healthy diet and exercise.. How did this happen!
fitgirl123 replied to tlltroy's response:
Its the medicine. This is the only change that I had.. My doctor tells me "its not the medicine" but it is. I haven't done anything different and bam! Clothes are too tight!
she333 replied to fitgirl123's response:
I have been on Reif for 4 weeks and I too have gained weight and my pants are tight. I still run my 4 miles each day, lift my normal weights and my diet has not changed at all! I was in remission for 13 years without taking any meds. After my first relapsed in 13 years and my Dr. put me on the Rebif....why would I want to continue this drug if it makes me fat, and bummed out about how I look and feel. I will take my chances and have another fantastic 13 years of remission.
Elizabeth_WebMD_Staff replied to she333's response:
Hi she333,

I wanted to pop in, welcome you and let you know the discussion you are responding to is an older one and the original posters may not be following it.

You may want to begin a new discussion to share your experience and success with Rebif. I'm sure others can benefit from your comments.

Best wishes for continued remission!

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