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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Antipsychotics (Definition)

These are medications used among other things to treat psychosis. There are two poorly named classes: the typicals, because they used to be typically used, and the atypicals, which are now typically used. They differ in that the so called atypicals are non-neuroleptics and interact with both serotonin and Dopamine receptos, while the typicals ...Read more


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I am on 5mg zyprexa (olanzapine) I lose weight when off of antipsychotics will ga medicaid cover dietitian? Are there other sleep meds that won't cause weight gain

I am on 5mg zyprexa (olanzapine) I lose weight when off of antipsychotics will ga medicaid cover dietitian? Are there other sleep meds that won't cause weight gain

Zyprexa (olanzapine): Zyprexa (olanzapine) isn't usually used for sleep alone. It's an antipsychotic with potential side effects [like weight gain] best avoided unless you truly need its antipsychotic activity. It's important for you ; your doctor to determine why you're having sleep problems. Maintain good sleep hygiene -- for tips, see http://tinyurl. Com/lpcwhxt covered medicaid services differ between states -- ask locally. ...Read more

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Which antipsychotics are least likely to cause weight gain?

Which antipsychotics are least likely to cause weight gain?

Antipsychotics: Ziprazadone-Geodon and Lurasidone-Latuda, in my experience, are associated with weight loss. Quetiapine-Seroquel and Olanzapine-Zyprexa, cause the most weight gain, again in my experience. Those are all considered Second Generation Antipsychotics or Atypicals. All First Generation Antipsychotics cause weight gain. Great question. Wt gain is an important issue and preventing it can be a challenge. ...Read more

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Which Antipsychotic is the least one to cause weight gain or increased appetitie?

Which Antipsychotic is the least one to cause weight gain or increased appetitie?

Geodon (ziprasidone): All antipsychotics can cause weight gain. The least Geodon (ziprasidone), the most depakote. But you may gain weight from too much Insulin too. ...Read more

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I take diazepam 10 mg 3 times a day, can it cause weight gain, or is it my antipsychotics call risperidone 2mg?

I take diazepam 10 mg 3 times a day, can it cause weight gain, or is it my antipsychotics call risperidone 2mg?

Exercise?: Sedation from 30mg valium/day may make you less likely to exercise. Being sedentary could certainly lead to weight gain. Risperidone may cause weight gain, yet your dose is not so high. Not sure what basic issues led to these prescriptions, or what other health conditions you may have. I suggest reviewing your overall health -- plus diet & activity patterns also -- with your physician. ...Read more

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Does geodon (ziprasidone) cause weight gain or weight loss? Is it the antipsychotics with the least side effect profile or is seroquel the one with the least effect

Does geodon (ziprasidone) cause weight gain or weight loss? Is it the antipsychotics with the least side effect profile or is seroquel the one with the least effect

Both can: Cause weight gain. Rarely see weight loss. Staying physically active and eating in a healthy way will help more than anything a change in medication might produce. ...Read more

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What causes weight gain in anti psychotics?

Many things: Antipsychotic meds effect many brain areas. Some of them control vegetative functions like metabolic rate. Others control appetite (hypothalamus). Still others (pituitary gland) impact the endocrine system. All these areas can be impacted in some people on ap with resultant weight gain. These areas are monitored regularly if a pt is taking ap's. Weight gain tends to be dose related & individual. ...Read more

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Are there anti-psychotics that are proven not to cause weight gain?

Are there anti-psychotics that are proven not to cause weight gain?

No: No, different people respond differently to antipsychotics. It is fairly typical for children to have marked weight gains (especially with the first antipsychotic that they use). Geodone is pretty weight neutral. Seroquel (quetiapine) appears to do fairly well in this manner. However, even if most people don't gain weight on a particular medication, it doesn't mean that you won't. No guarantees. ...Read more

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Mood stabilizers that don't cause weight gain?

Mood stabilizers that don't cause weight gain?

Mood Stabilizers: Most of them do cause weight gain except perhaps topamax which is a weak mood stabilizer at best, also new generation atypical, geodon, (ziprasidone) Abilify etc. ...Read more

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Are there sleeping medications that don't cause weight gain?

Are there sleeping medications that don't cause weight gain?

Pain & Insomnia: Your pain may be the cause of your sleep issues. Please see your doc to get to the root of your pain. One possibility is Lyme. He/she can test for that but the blood work is not very reliable. Your symptoms need to be taken into account. For better sleep avoid stimulants after noon and computer, iPhone, screens of any type one hr. Prior to bed. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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What are some good birth control methods that don't cause weight gain?

What are some good birth control methods that don't cause weight gain?

Misinformation: Hi josolomoh,

there is a commonly thought misconception that contraceptive pills and other birth control methods cause weight gain. Objective studies looking at this issue indicate that the weight gain occurs with or without birth control. Each birth control method available has advantages and disadvantages. All are effective but not perfect at preventing conception if directions are followed. ...Read more

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Hello. I'm 23 years old and I want to know what birth control pills don't cause weight gain. Thank you!

Hello. I'm 23 years old and I want to know what birth control pills don't cause weight gain. Thank you!

Ask your physician: There are several new birth control medications new on the market. Ask him/her which one he/she feels is best for you with your medical history. ...Read more

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Are there any medicines like Lyrica, (pregabalin) Cymbalta, and Gabapentin that don't cause weight gain?

Are there any medicines like Lyrica, (pregabalin) Cymbalta, and Gabapentin that don't cause weight gain?

COMMENTS: Of the listed three, Cymbalta causes nausea in 40%, and is the least likely to cause weight gain. Savella (milnacipran) may be of value in pain syndromes such as fibromyalgia, and seems to also be less troublesome. A possible alternative to gabapentin could be Grailise or Horizant, and due to duration of action may be also less weight gain. The meds cause appetite change, so less caloric intake can prevent. ...Read more

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For mood disorder, are there any mood stabilizer drugs that don't cause weight gain fatigue or headache? Already have migraines and fatigue.

For mood disorder, are there any mood stabilizer drugs that don't cause weight gain fatigue or headache? Already have migraines and fatigue.

Lamictal: Lamictal usually doesn't but you have to go on it slowly to avoid a rash & if you miss a days dose you have to start over with the dosing--most pts like it however. ...Read more

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On metformin bid, lantus (insulin glargine) 40 qd, & novolog tid. Since I started the later im gaining weight. How can I simplify tx w meds dat don't cause weight gain?

On metformin bid, lantus (insulin glargine) 40 qd, & novolog tid. Since I started the later im gaining weight. How can I simplify tx w meds dat don't cause weight gain?

How can I say this?: Insulin works by lowering your blood sugar, you know that. But it lowers your blood sugar, by putting the sugar on you. You understand what I mean? A moment on the lips, forever on the hips? Docs raise your Insulin to control your sugar so you can eat what you want, but that doesn't make it right. From a former fatty, I say, eat for one person, not two, and you will find you don't need so many meds. ...Read more

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I take zyprexa (olanzapine) for sleep I am gaining weight doc won't put me on ones that don't cause weight gain I am getting lapband what's the difference bypass?

I take zyprexa (olanzapine) for sleep I am gaining weight doc won't put me on ones that don't cause weight gain I am getting lapband what's the difference bypass?

Lapband vs bypass: Lapband is less extensive surgery, and it can be reversed. Bypass is the most successful at weight loss, but the side effects can be a problem (frequent diarrhea, especially) think about the "sleeve" surgery as well. It is less extensive and many fine it successful. ...Read more

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What is the best mood stabilizer that doesn't cause weight gain?

What is the best mood stabilizer that doesn't cause weight gain?

Mood stabilizer: At the right therapeutic dose, topamax along with Abilify (aripiprazole) seems to work the best, at least in my experience. ...Read more

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What would you suggest for a immunosuppressant drug that won't cause weight gain?

What would you suggest for a immunosuppressant drug that won't cause weight gain?

?: Unfortunately Mme it is not a pick and choose matter, it depends on the condition and which dug best suits the case and doesn't interact with other medications you are already on, you definitely have the choice together with your doctor to decide between 2 or 3 drugs that would be equally effective in a particular situation, it isn't an absolute across the board choice, wish you wellness ...Read more

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Please describe a good birth control that doesn't cause weight gain?

Please describe a good birth control that doesn't cause weight gain?

Many choices: Non hormonal birth control such as condoms or a diaphragm won't case weight gain. Nor should iuds. Most low dose combined birth control pills do not show any significant weight changes. Depo Provera (medroxyprogesterone) is the method most commonly associated with weight gain. ...Read more

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What antidepressant doesn't cause weight gain? The antidepressant I'm currently taking is making it hard to lose weight.

Tough question: Weight gain is a potential side effect of every antidepressant, although some are clearly worse offenders than others (mirtazapine, paroxetine are amongst the worst). Bupropion is probably the least likely to cause weight gain, and may cause some weight loss, however, antidepressants are not simply interchangeable. There are reasons we choose one over another. Talk to your doctor. ...Read more

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I have been diagnosed with SEVERE insomnia. Cant fall/stay asleep. I'm begging you to give me an example of a good med that doesn't cause weight gain. Please help!

I have been diagnosed with SEVERE insomnia. Cant fall/stay asleep. I'm begging you to give me an example of a good med that doesn't cause weight gain. Please help!

Some basics: 1. Maintain a regular bedtime and awakening time schedule, including weekends. Get up about the same time every day, regardless of what time you fell asleep.
2. Establish a regular, relaxing bedtime routine. Relaxing rituals prior to bedtime may include a warm bath or shower, aromatherapy, reading, or listening to soothing music.
3. Sleep in a room that is dark, quiet, comfortable, and cool. ...Read more

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Is there a good allergy medication similar to xyzal (levocetirizine) that doesn't cause weight gain?

Is there a good allergy medication similar to xyzal (levocetirizine) that doesn't cause weight gain?

Many: All of the antihistamines are similar, but different ones may work better for different people. Clarinex (desloratadine) is the only other second-generation antihistamine still available by prescription; cetirizine, fexofenadine and loratidine are all available over the counter. It is unusual for antihistamines themselves to cause weight gain, though - you should make sure that nothing else is going on. ...Read more

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Help please! What drugs are good for anxiety and obsessive compulsive disorders that won't cause weight gain?

Help please! What drugs are good for anxiety and obsessive compulsive disorders that won't cause weight gain?

That's a tough one.: Bezodiazepines don't cause weight gain, work well but can be addicting so use cautiously. Hydroxyzine (vistaril) and Buspirone (buspar) are minimally effective & don't cause weight gain they deal mostly with anxiety & may help OCD some. The best meds long term are serotonergic or dual acting antidepressants (serotonergic/noradrenergic) for both anxiety and OCD but most can cause some weight gain. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for interstitial cystitis that won't cause weight gain?

What is the best treatment for interstitial cystitis that won't cause weight gain?

See your doctor: Problems like these can only be correctly handled by your doctor in person. He/she needs to listen to you, perform an examination and possibly run labs or other tests. That's the only way he/she can find out what's going on and what to do about it. ...Read more

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Can u please tell me a progesterone only birth control that won't cause weight gain? Thanks.

Can u please tell me a progesterone only birth control that won't cause weight gain? Thanks.

Contraception: That is a side effect of hormonal contraceptive methods. Progesterone only methods are: skyla, mirena, (levonorgestrel) depoprovera, nexplanon, mini pill.
If you want something with no hormone: paragard would be your option # 1. ...Read more

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What's the best depression medication that won't cause weight gain or could cause low sex drive?

Wellbutrin (bupropion): Wellbutrin (bupropion) would best since you are on tryptans. Also do not drink while on antidepressants and make sure you are in psychotherapy. Good luck to you. ...Read more

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Help I need a depression pill that doesn't cause weight gain? And can also help fibromyalgia and OCD.

Help I need a depression pill that doesn't cause weight gain? And can also help fibromyalgia and OCD.

Talk to doctor: There are several newer medications that fit your criteria... Servile, Cymbalta (duloxetine) and Fetzima are all good choices. Talk to your doctor about which would be best for you. ...Read more

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Is there a medication comparable to Abilify (aripiprazole) to treat bipolar disorder that doesn't cause weight gain?

Is there a medication comparable to Abilify (aripiprazole) to treat bipolar disorder that doesn't cause weight gain?

Potentially Yes: Ability does not cause weight gain with the same frequency as some other meds. There are similar meds that may be less likely to contribute to weight gain, such as saphris (asenapine) or geodon. There are is also another class of meds, the anticonvulsants, which are used fir bipolar disorder and which may not cause a problem with weight. Not everyone will experience the same side effects with the same med. ...Read more

Dr. Michael Rothman
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Weight Gain (Definition)

Weight gain is an increase in body weight. This can be a result of increases to muscle mass, increases in body fat, or increases in body fluids like water. Occasionally, weight gain can be a symptom of ...Read more