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An_257904 posted:
My 16 year old daughter started taking medications (Seriquil 300mg at night and Lexapro 30mg during the day) for bipolar about 8 months ago and has gained around 35 pounds. She has always been petite and started gaining more weight around puberty, but has never been this uncomfortable. She is active and eats like a typical teenager ( occasional junk food) We rarely even have soda in the house. I am afraid that the medicine is causing water weight gain. She is also only 4'10" and will not get any taller so as I stated she is very uncomfortable.
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fcl responded:
35 lbs in 8 months is an awful lot of weight and even more so for someone who is petite. If I were you, I'd be heading back to the doctor's to discuss this. If this is of no help I'd look for a different doctor for a second opinion.

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