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A 23-year-old male asked:

How can i lose the wieght i gained on abilify (aripiprazole)? 14 pounds, and i just stopped abilify (aripiprazole). will it drop by itself?

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Dr. Rex Mahnensmith
A Verified Doctoranswered
45 years experience
Abilify (aripiprazole): Likely your appetite was increased. Going forward, choose no fat foods, avoid sugars and breads and muffins and pastries, avoid baked desserts, avoid starches, and avoid alcohol. Eat veggies, fruits, beans, nuts, eggs, fish, lean poultry, lean beef, no candy. Exercise daily. Try to calorie count. Burn more cal than you eat. Get a pedometer. -- walk 10000 steps per day.
Dr. Richard Amerling
Nephrology and Dialysis 41 years experience
Very possibly: Abilify (aripiprazole) is a highly overprescribed drug and can cause significant weight gain. I'm glad you were able to get off. Very likely your weight will gradually return towards baseline. A low carb diet and exercise will help move things along.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Not likely to drop: by itself. Eat healthfully. Try to eat at least 5 servings of vegetables & 4 of fruit per day. Increase nutritional fiber. Avoid refined sugar & junk carbohydrates. Avoid alcohol, sweetened juices, soda & caffeinated beverages. Aim for 7.5 to 8 hrs of sleep / night. Hydrate w at least 64 oz of water / day. Calories burned must > calories consumed. Do both cardio & weight training.
Dr. Michael Blumenfield
Psychiatry 58 years experience
Good chance: You can gain weight with Abilify (aripiprazole) . If this were the case with you and you stop it, chances are you would lose the weight. Exercise and good nutrition will help also. Obviously you want to evaluate with your doctor why you stopped it and see if symptoms are reoccurring

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