... hungry or because of the ingredients on this medication??
Hi, ihung! Yes and yes. In people who experience this side effect on Zyprexa (and other antipsychotics and antidepressants) it is caused by an increase in appetite, decrease in energy level, changes in fat storage mechanisms, gut bacteria, hormones, and a generalized slowing of your metabolism caused by the drug..
Much of the weight gain can be minimized by exercise and good eating habits. For instance food cravings can be satisfied by fruits and vegetables instead of cookies and french fries and increased thirst can be quenched with water instead of sugary sodas or chocolate milk.
If weight gain becomes a health problem a few of the newer antipsychotic medications are considered more weight neutral.
Best wishes, WCV
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