I find the drug quetiapine very helpful at stabilising my mood. However I have gained so much weight on this drug I was wondering if there are any alternatives I could try.
I am bipolar too, been on many meds since I was in my early 20s, I am 52 y/o now, and from my experiece mainly all antipsychotics, mood stabilizers, etc., tend to make one gain weight.
I started gaining weight in my early 30s, started working out hard at the gym, and a hypo-caloric diet, I am quite strict, continued training, until the pandemic. Continued my diet and bought a spinning bike and continue to train and one has to have discipline, make sacrifices. I am fit both mentally and physically, I would like to believe!
I take Seroquel and Zyprexa for a long time been on these two.
I suggest you discuss the alternatives with your Psychiatrist, what may work for me , may not work for you, plus he/she knows your background and can be more assertive.
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Take care, masso
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