6 Feb 2012
I know this question was asked awhile ago but I'm new to this so I would just like to say that I too take this as well as Depakote. When I began Dep my Dr. said I could have both side effects, I would say this would apply to vimpat too but may still be too new to add to the side effects.
11 Jan 2011
I have very much experienced weight gain and it is not good. I couldn't figure out why I was not losing weight when I was working out 6x a week for an hour a day for 3 months. (I did the P90X program) I have now been doing an hour of cardio almost everyday and I have been eating better than ever in my life. In fact, I gained weight/fat. Some from muscle, but I now have an overhang over my jeans, which I didn't have before Vimpat. I started exercising the exact week I started Vimpat so I didn't notice the weight gain right away. I'm sure if I wasn't exercising, I would be the size of a house by now. I am about the heaviest I have ever been in my life! This may not happen to you, but this also happened with another med I was one, Trileptal or Topamax. I am on Keppra and Vimpat and I am still having breakthrough seizures!
2 Jan 2014
The weight gain is a result of not eating enough. Vimpat suppresses the appetite, but the body still requires a certain amount of calories, nevertheless. If those required calories are not met by the end of the day, the body goes into starvation mode as a way of preserving itself. So Vimpat does not cause weight gain, per se, it just makes it harder for us to recognize how much food we need. I, too, am on Vimpat and have been on it for two years. I had no problem with my lack of appetite and keeping weight down, until my metabolism changed recently. Now, because I still have no appetite and I gain weight if I do not eat enough I am constantly trying to guess how many calories my body needs for each day.
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