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Do you have any specific recommendations for dealing with the weight gain that results from treatment for bipolar disorder?

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Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Alianswered
Psychiatry 32 years experience
Weight gain: Lifestyle changes such as diet and exercise and activity.
Dr. Bassam Amawi
Psychiatry 49 years experience
Yes: Unfortunately most psych medication can cause weight gain. However, this depends on what u eat , how much u eat and how much u exercise. Talk with u physician and try to see a diatician .Good luck.
Dr. Alan Koenigsberg
Psychiatry 42 years experience
Good care works: Very few if any of my patients with bipolar disorder, or for that matter, any psychiatric illness, gain weight as a result of their treatment. There are no calories in the medications, and they do not cause cravings. Some patients fidget less and burn fewer calories, others eat quite a bit more than before, and some others stop exercising. Watch your food portions and restrict processed carbs.

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