Is the weight gain easy to lose if you stop gabapentin?
- 11 May 2011 by kelbel310779
- 13 Aug 2017
- obesity, gabapentin, weight
... i get married in four months and I want to get back to my normal size and i am desparately unhappy ..i am three times bigger than i was and my appetitie has not increased. I exercise three times a week too and i losing it everywhere but my stomach it is so big and bloated. I have had none stop side affects as well as the weight gain..any ideas anyone?
my symptoms have got better as i suffer side effects from scar tissue on my spinal cord and there has to be something else that works just as good without the weight gain
While weight gain is a side effect of gabapentin, stopping is not going to cause the weight to drop off. You will have to diet as in reduce your daily calorie intake to lose the weight. You need to be realistic in your weight loss goals. Eight pounds a month is what I shoot for with 6 pounds being a good average. So between now and your wedding, you could lose around 25 pounds and expect to keep it off. I really recommend you try to continue on the gabapentin and start changing your eating habits so to reduce your calorie intake and see what happens.
As far as alternatives to the gabapentin that won't cause weight gain, you might try Cymbalta though I must say that some people do gain weight on it while others do not.
Wish I could help more and congratulations on the upcoming marriage,
Hello, I just recently got off of gabapentin about a week ago. I have those exact same side effects. No appetite, huge bloated stomach, and weight gain. I'm just curious was it easy for you to get the weight off once you got off? If so, how long did it take? I'm so sick of hating my body. It would mean so much if you replied!
I just stopped gabapentin 3 days ago. I gained about 7 lbs after 6 weeks on it. I thought the bloating and large stomach would go away quickly but it has not. I have eaten a very healthy diet and exercised 5-6 days per week. There is no reason other than the gabapentin that I would have gained weight. I am seriously hoping this weight will come off soon!
I have been taking Gabapentin for over a year almost 2 actually, with the last 8 months a doseage increase. I have always been in good shape and are very healthy. This medication has caused me to gain a solid 10 lbs the first year and another 5-10 after doubling the disease. It's an awful feeling and I'm researching alternatives. I have limited exercise capabilities now and can't go running everyday. I do a lot of Pilates. This medication helps very much with sciatica pain. I take it at night, and I wake up in the morning starving to death and craving sugar! It's so crazy. I can't do it anymore. Im going to see my Dr. In a week and try Cymbalta hopefully. I literally feel so bloated like I am extremely swollen and wearing a fat suit. To simply say lower you calorie intake and exercise, it's not that simple. The medication does something to the brain that you have no self control, like I did when I wasn't taking it.
I would love to hear how people are doing once they stop taking it. I'm hoping to become myself again within 3-4 months. In addition, I hope Cymbalata helps with the pain.
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