09-10-2018 04:34 PM
I have gained a lot of weight due to the medication I am on, anti psychotics and anti depressants. I try to go to the gym and watch my weight but I am not that successful with either.
It's making me feel really depressed and I hate being this heavy.
Has anyone managed to lose weight on anti psychotics? I am close to 100 kgs and I feel like crying from the depression of it.
09-10-2018 05:11 PM
@Lilyq Hi Lilyq as you know I am very interested in this topic because like you I am super upset about it...... hopefully someone will come forward with some positive feedback.
16-10-2018 11:20 AM
17-10-2018 10:32 PM
Good evening @Lilyq, I certainly can sympathize with you. The weight gain does nothing for your self-esteem. I doubled my weight in the first year of taking one particular anti psychotic. After ten years of being on this drug and thinking that I was on my way to an early grave from obesity, I was advised by my GP that I should start to titrate off it after many attempts of calorie controlled diet failures. I had metabolic syndrome as a result of taking this drug for so many years. I was on a fairly high dose of this drug and titrated 25mg a month. At first I didn't notice any difference but then on the fifth month of my withdrawal I started to get really scary heart palpitations. It felt like my heart was going to pop out of my chest cavity. I started not being able to sleep and started to get anxious about things that wouldn't normally bother me. I knew I was on the road for a psychotic episode and that was terrifying after years of being stable. I basically decided that there was a greater risk of me maybe dying through some uncontrolled episode than me being fat. So I can live with the fact that I need this medication to stay alive and I just make sure I get plenty of outdoor exercise.
16-06-2019 07:48 AM - edited 17-06-2019 10:23 PM
Re: Weight gain on medication
Sometimes, I just feel like I am going to die way earlier than everyone else because of the medications that I take. I hate it I hate it I hate it all! Smiley Sad
16-06-2019 09:23 AM
I don't think I have seen you around - so just wanted to say welcome! So sorry to hear about the struggles with medication. It can be so tough when we have to deal with multiple medications and the layers of side effects that brings.
Sounds tricky that your unable to reduce, but it is important to work with medical professionals around that. Have you expressed your desire to reduce at all? Do you work with other mental health professionals at all, like a therapist or counsellor that could help?
Just reminding all that while we are definately all here to support each other in the processes and experiences around medications, it's important that specific advice around medication is left for GP's/medical professionals - it's such a personal experience to work out isn't it!?
Feeling for you @soppykat and glad you have reached out here ✨
17-06-2019 06:17 PM - edited 17-06-2019 10:26 PM
Hi @Lauz ,
I have been through the rigmarole of doctors, psychiatrists, etc etc. I just guess I have to put up taking all my medications each day.
Thank you for caring though - you are nice
01-07-2019 03:20 PM
Hi @soppykat , I think a lot of people struggle with this. I've only been on meds for just over a year and the results with my weight have been frightening. Nothing I've done has really worked up untill now. I'm coming off my meds with doctors help, but, its a slower process than I would like or am comfortable with.
Maybe you can try another GP? That didn't work for Me. You should be able to at least look at reducing the meds if you have been stable for so long.
03-07-2019 03:35 PM
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