... around 110lbs now I've gained a conciderable amount of weight. I am a vegetarian I don't do dairy. I do not eat anymore then I ever did. I eat out of necessity I do not over stuff myself. They had me actually writing down my calorie intake daily along with my weight and I wasn't eating more then 1500 cal on a good day. I am stuck at a certain weight which for me isn't healthy and there's the issue of type II Diabetes. Anyone have this problem or any advice. I know I should excersize more
12 Jun 2013
Yes, I have experienced weight gain on most anti-psychic meds. Others I am allergic to. I refuse to take them. I have been in recovery for my eating disorder since 2004 and was ok with myself and body. Was put on seroquel then zyprexa w/prozac. I tell doctors and hospitals I am allergic to all of them because I gained 70+lbs in the matter of weeks. It now, makes me not want to be seen I don't go anywhere but Dr. Appt. And just got off two more meds. So, I'm a bit more panicky than usual. It sucks the meds that work best have that one side effect usually weight gain or another one for me vision issues&muscle pain... hope that you find what you are looking for. .. take care!
10 Jul 2011
Hello mom2emily10! I really sympathise with you! I gained weight on Zoloft and cannot get it off! I have been on it over 5 years now and it has really helped with my depression and anxiety. That is why I am afraid to change to another medication. After working as a psychiatric nurse for 16 years I saw my patients gain weight on several psychiatric drugs. We all are in the same boat, but of course feeling normal is our goal. I have read the comments by other members and they all sound very helpful. In fact, I am going to talk to my doctor tommorow about Topamax. I started this weight gain years ago and I had never weighed over 130 lbs in my life. I have gone up to 215! I do eat healthy and exercise, but not enough. I have osteoarthritis and bursitis so I also cannot do alot of weight bearing exercises. So now I have discovered that swimming is the best exercise for me.
They have swimming classes in most gyms and I have met some women with MS in my class. You can eventually do the exercises on your own in the pool. I just need to get back to the gym to swim at least 3-4 days a week. I have only been going 1-2 days because of the heat here. I do not have AC in my vehickle and the gym is 45 minutes from my home. I know that sounds like excuses but I cannot tolerate the heat. ( medications+ hormonal changes.) Well I hope with all the comments fron everyone that you will be able to find the right answer. Drugs.com members are just the best! Sweetie Pie
17 Sep 2011
Yes, unfortunately I did gain weight while on Seroquel. I was on it a few years ago for about six months. I stopped taking it, and started Wellbutrin. I lost the weight . I recently added the new drug Viibryd. I have gained several pounds already, even though weight gain is not a side effect. That is the reason I wanted to try it. Seems like they all cause weight gain. We'll see!
17 Sep 2010
You definetely need to speak to your doctor, there is something not right, if you say your eating patterns have not changed and you are a vegeterian, and we all know one of this medication´s side effect is weight gain, due to increased appettite.-
I take seroquel too and quite a few more (common side e. weight gain, all of them). I am 42 and suffer from BPD, and fortunately have never gained any weight, but I do work out 5 days a week, I am not a vegeterian and have a hypocaloric diet more protein than carbs.
How is your carb intake , do you eat refined or nonrefined carbs, and at what time is your last carb intake?
First I suggest you speak to your doctor.
Working out, for me is a must , I have always been into some type of sport, it helps the mind, body and soul.-
Specially for these conditions, once one exercises, ones body releases endorphins which makes one feel great, plus one gets fit.-
Have a good weekend.-
3 Jun 2011
I experienced significant weight gain when I started usuing Seroquel - 48 lbs! The weight gain has leveled out since I started using it 5 years ago. I have been able to lose some of the weight by exercising but has been very slow. I also have type 2 Diabetes now as a result of taking the Seroquel along with elevated cholesterol.
22 Sep 2010
Hi, I'm brand new here, but thought I'd give it a shot, as I'm not brand new to psychiatric meds or weight issues! lol !!(I lost 142lbs from 2005 to 2007, just by changing the way I ate, and some thyroid issues.) I am currently on Seroquel XR 150 mg. I've been on it since Aug.5th so about a month and a half. I was a little bigger than you, 121lbs, and before being on the Serqeol, Abilifly made me gain like 15lbs. I'm still trying to lose!! Anyway, I have not gained any weight with Seroqel, I noticed I get a little hungry at night. I wanted to tell you what helps me is that I am also on Topamax 200mg twice a day. That helps with hunger. Would your doctor maybe prescribe a small dose of Topamax for you? I don't know what other meds you are on, but I just thought I'd share that with you. I'm also on Prozac 60mg.
and my doctor says that helps with appetite, but I don't know, this 15-20lbs I gained sure is hard to get off!!! I aplogize if I rambled on & on and didn't answer your question at all. Like I said I'm new to this. ;0 thanks, good luck ps. you mentioned Diabetes type 2, when I was very overweight I was diagnosed with insulin resistance, which is like "pre-diabetes", and graves disease (hyperthyroidism) and metabolic syndrome. Seeing an Endocrinolgist that specializes in those things saved my life. You mentioned you were concerned about Diabetes types 2 but you didn't mention how "much" weight you had gained, or did I miss it? I wouldn't be concerned unless it's over 25lbs. I am 5'3" and I was very overweight. I'm small framed, so about 120 to 125 is perfect for me. from you saying you weighed 110lbs, I'm guessing you are small framed also. Anyway, if you have any of those issues or you just can't lose the weight, see an Endocrinolgist, they will do all kinds of urine and blood work and find out exactly what is wrong with you, but it sounds like it may just be the Serqeol, okay, so I totally flunked answering my first question!! :( I just rambled on and on and gave too much info and went way off the topic!;0 Oh Well, had to start somewhere, Sorry! only wanted to help!! thanks, from manicbaby123 in tx
15 Feb 2011
With each new medication comes a few more pounds. Now the pounds I have gained are beginning to look like they will never come off. I am 5'7" and weigh 185 pounds. I used to be slender at 145 pounds and felt good when I went out, but now I almost hope my husband doesn't ask me.
I take Seroquel, Depakote, Lithium, Gagabentin, Lyrica and a few others. I think that all of these have weight gain as a side effect. I have never been one to exercise much, but had to have a total hip replacement last May. I have begun to excercise more and feel a little better.
Maybe you should talk with your doctor and voice your concerns. Maybe he/her could change your medication and get you on an excersice routine.
2 May 2012
Seroquel will definitely make most gain weight if they're on a dose probably higher than like 200 mg.It is the night eating after you hit the "Seroquel drunk" feeling that you feel like you haven't eaten in a week. I saw my head shrinker today n she's having me wean myself off. But she wanted to replace it with Doxepin which also has the possible side effect of weight gain (and hair loss to top it off).Best of luck to you though. I know it's hard with psych meds.
22 Feb 2012
When I took this medication I went from 175lbs to almost 199lbs. I had to ask for something else to help me sleep. I would definitely ask your Doctor if there is anything newer out there to help you as you don't feel comfortable with your weight. Maybe he can help you with adjustments too.
23 May 2011
I am so glad you asked this question. I take 500 mg at night, and have been wondering if I will ever lose the weight (40lbs) that I gained since the Seroquel. I also take Topamax, but that hasn't actually helped. On top of this, I take Prednisone off and on for recurring bouts of debilitating asthma, so exercise is questionable, and the Prednisone puts on more weight. I am really frustrated with all of this, and have real trouble accepting myself as I am. Of course, this gets me back on the depression and shame cycle... I have eliminated sugar and wheat from my diet, so that at least takes out a significant amount of unhealthy carbs. Anyone else in this quandary?
17 May 2011
I am also in the same boat as you are. I am 28 years old and got out of the army with PTSD and since the other sleeping meds didnt work they put me on seroquel 150 mg at night up to 250mg. I have always been the same weight which is 5'7" and 150 lbs even when I was pregnant weighed no more than 160 and I work out 5 times a week and had a trainer that was baffled on why i kept gaining weight. I gained 50 lbs in a year. And I do 2 hours of cardio and still cant lose the fat. My thyroid has been checked and is fine and have been tested for everything and came back fine. I am still in the gym with a mui thai trainner and now he is clueless 6 months later on why I am not shedding the weight either. I burn 1000 cal a work out.
9 Jun 2012
OH I have! Big time. When I was on it I gained like 80lbs. I was never a big eater either but it also makes you crave food from what I've read, so it's a viscious circle. That and Zyprexa are the worst at making you gain weight.
I've taken both. Exercise is a good way to make your seratonin levels rise and possibly you can go down to a lesser amount. I also have type 2 Diabetes, and Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, which is an endocrine disorder, so it's hard for me to lose weight and when I was on those drugs I was steadily gaining no matter what I did. Good Luck.
18 Dec 2010
Weight gain seems to be, the common reaction, for most of us, who deside to take medications for better mental health, with one exception, once I used Wellbutrin, with no side effects. The health food stores have a number of things to try, that I understand have worked wonders for for some people.
- Seroquel Information for Consumers
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