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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

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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


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Using sertraline for panic attacks and agoraphobia. Gained 30lbs .Is there another medication for panic disorder that doesn't cause weight gain?

Using sertraline for panic attacks and agoraphobia. Gained 30lbs .Is there another medication for panic disorder that doesn't cause weight gain?

Ask your doc: Some medications cause weight gain, as you've discovered. There are many related medications that might work in reducing panic and not cause weight gain and other side effects. Also combining medication with behavioral treatment can make it possible to eventually go off medication. ...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 dont 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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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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How can I lose weight from a medication that causes weight gain.?

How can I lose weight from a medication that causes weight gain.?

To lose weight:: 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. ...Read more

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Is there a new medication for bipolar that wont cause weight gain?

Is there a new medication for bipolar that wont cause weight gain?

No free lunch: All medications have side effects, one needs to balance the risks with benefits. A medication which causes weight gain in one patient may not cause the same side effects in the next. It's a trial and error method to see a particular medication causes side effects. So far Geodon (ziprasidone) appears to be weight neutral, lithium causes weight gain in only 17% of pts, Abilify in only 20% and Lamictal 5%. ...Read more

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