I am a moderately active (cardio and strength 5 days a week) 49/yo woman. I've experienced a significant amount of weight gain (7-8#) within a month of starting Rexulti - despite watching my diet (1800 cals), avoiding alcohol (or having only 3 drinks per week). I have always had no problems maintaining a healthy weight bc I'm quite active and normally I am at a comfortable 139#. I'm now 146-150# and can't seem to drop it even on a lower calorie diet (1600). I don't mind a few pounds, but when I have to buy all new pants that stinks! I'm on .5 mg Rexulti and 20mg Lexapro. I read that Rexulti raises blood glucose levels and I'm wondering if that has anything to do with it. I don't have any hunger issues, (i.e. cravings) although I did the first two weeks, they are gone, but can't get much lower than 1600 cals without compromising my well being (I enjoy eating!). Thanks for any help.
I had the same problem with Rexulti after 6 months and 10 lbs. weight gain I finally talked the Dr. Into taking me off if it. I also, had the shakes tremors which were pretty noticeable. I am on Vraylar now have lost the 10 lb. but, am trying to lose more from the previous medicine which I gained weight on as well. My blood glucose did increase they said I was prediabetic. Shouldn't be the case I only weigh 131.
Hi, Junx! Many psychotropic drugs affect and change the body's base metabolism ~ hormonal, endocrinal, etc. It has nothing to do with diet, carbs, eating, exercise and so on although these factors can help minimize excess weight gain.
It's in our genes and in the actions of the drugs and there's little we can do about it.
As long as the weight gain is clinically insignificant there's nothing to be done but stop the medication or switch to another hoping for better results.
Sorry for the grim tone of this post. I gained weight too first on lithium, predisone, then Abilify, and now Rexulti ~ and I've learned to love my gorgeous curves.
Take care, Wildcat
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