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

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.
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.

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

Abilify (aripiprazole) options. Unfortunately, pretty much all of the treatments for bipolar disorder have some risk of weight gain, regardless of what the drug companies say. I have usually found Abilify to be one less prone to weight gain. But since it is not so for you, and you want to stick to meds in the same class, geodon, saphris, (asenapine) and Latuda might be reasonable options to consider. Please speak with your doctor about it.
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.
Abilify (aripiprazole) and wt gain. Abilify is one of several second generation antipsychotic medications. Geodon (ziprasidone) in my experience often leads to wt loss. Other medications include medications also used to treat seizure problems, and for many may be quite effective, although also cause wt gain, for example depakote. Tegretol, which requires special expertise to give because of certain side effects, can be effective without wt gain.
Abilify (aripiprazole) Abilify is low on scale of antipsychotics causing weight gain. If it does, a possible alternative would be geodon, (ziprasidone) but here you need to monitor your cardiac status.
Bipolar/abilify. Also, topamax (topiramate) can be an option.

I have body image issues. What meds for bipolar disorder are the least likely to make me gain weight/gain the least amt of weight?

It's Complicated. Those meds for bipolar d/o with less likelihood of causing wt. Gain can still potentially serious s/e for someone with or w/o body image issues - e.g. Cognitive s/e, movement disorders. Conditions that cause body image issues may need to be addressed through therapy in order to maintain adequate management of bipolar disorder. Such complicated matters are best discussed with one's doc.

I want to know if zopliclone causes weight gain and if is better than valium. I can't sleep and I have a bipolar disorder.

Depression, Anxiety. I admire you for your concern for Health. Irregular periods, weight gain and insomnia are likely due to stress causing Anxiety and Depression. You have been taking Hiderax (Atarax) which helps with Anxiety and causes sedation. Valium is for anxiety and is habit forming. In some people Zopliclone can cause weight gain. See a Psychiatrist for diagnosis, Medication; Therapy for anxiety and depression.

I want to know which medication for bipolar disorder is less likely to cause weight gain.

Quite a few. This depends on what your doctor prescribes as a mood stabilizer. Aripiprazole, Topiramate, Lamotrigine, Saphris, Latuda (lurasidone) are some of them.

I take seroquel (quetiapine) for my bipolar disorder what vitamin can I take to counter act the weight gain and help with weight loss?

Vitamins won't help. Helpful weight loss diets have natural foods that take time to chew but contain few calories. Examples include carrots, celery, and iceberg lettuce (little/no salad dressing). When shopping for fruits, buy small ones no bigger than a tennis ball, because fruits have sugar. Drinks without calories include water and green tea. A calorie is a calorie, but surely avoid sugar & simple starch calories.
Seroquel (quetiapine) & weight. There is no known vitamin depletion associated with taking seroquel, (quetiapine) but it is associated with weight gain, Insulin resistance, and type 2 diabetes in some people. For best results you'll need to make sure you're exercising daily, and eating healthy whole (non-processed w/trans fats) foods -- emphasizing veggies & high-fiber carbs (brown rice, if any) rather than rapidly absorbed sugars.