Does Latuda cause weight gain? I hope its extremely rare to gain weight while taking this medicine. I hope the odds are in my favor to not gain any weight or have any side effects at all that would be awesome!!Just started taking Latuda after stopping Abilify because of weight gain hope I made a good choice in doing so. I thought it about time to change meds I been on Abilify for 11 years but started recently to have issues with depression and my mood. So My Psychiatrist put me on Latuda40mg so far I haven't noticed any side effects but its still too early to tell its only been three days since being on this new med. I take Latuda in the evening with a meal for Schizophrenia and Bipolar as well as for depression and to stabilize my mood also I take Lexapro at bedtime.
Just started my first dose of Latuda tonite at 20mg. Been having weight gain issues with Seroquel and struggled with weight my whole life, doesn't help with coping. I was on Abilify years ago and lost weight if I remember correctly. I was diagnosed with Bipolar disorder, And ADD and display Schizoaffective disorder. I just restarted treatment after rapid cycling mixed episodes wreaked havoc. I'm now a recluse of sorts and barely exist. I have alienated myself to the point of invisibility. I have only now begun to truly accept myself for who I am. I take seroquel xr in the early afternoon to suppress my obnoxiousness?, Seroquel IR before bed, Adderall in the late morning for the ADD and appetite suppressant, And Clonazepam for my social anxiety and Agoraphobic tendencies.
My Pdoc added Topamax as a mood stabilizer but I think it was to counteract the weight gain but I have still put on about 20lbs. I am grateful the Adderall helps control my portion intake. We are working toward a working cocktail with eventually the least amount of pills to level me out enough to start therapy. I Hope Latuda helps us on our journeys or at least keeps us from giving up and jumping off the edge along the way
I was put on Latuda for the specific reason that it's not a weight gainer. I'd gained over 100 pounds in less than 8 months on Zyprexa and I'd been a skinny Minnie all my life so it wasn't like I had a weight problem to start with. I stayed on that for years though because it worked really well and several times kept me alive. But it's not increased appetite that makes you gain on Zyprexa; it's metabolic disruption. Latuda was just approved when I started developing pre-diabetic issues ftom Zyprexa's metabolic effects so my pdoc started me on it even though it was off-label for Bipolar at the time. It was the only atypical that didn't have weight gain as a side effect. I've been on it for 3 years now and weigh 93 pounds; it's a struggle to keep weight on, in fact.
I haven't experienced any other side effects at all in 3 years either and it does the same job Zyprexa did in 1 smaller dose per day. It didn't take long to work that I recall; I think if you don't worry about the weight non-issue and give it a chance you'll like it. Hope that helps!
I gained 40 lbs taking this in combination with klonopin that I took at low doses. Still take klonopin but started weaning off. I lost 20 lbs since off Latuda.
It made me groggy after I took it at night a weird groggy, but it made me feel great in the day. Taking it at night was the only way it worked for me.
The approximately 300 calorie intake needed to eat when taking the Latuda is not good for weight. I was very active before on this medication and that changed where I went less and less to the gym.
I was very concentrated and it did help with my mental state, so I stuck with it. My doctor kept encouraging me to try to lose weight. Started Latuda I weighed 140 lbs after a year or so ending Latuda 180 lbs off for 4 months 160 lbs. (female late 20s 5' 4)
Weight affects your mind, so I inevitably ditched it.
This is an old question that seems to have been reactivated, but I'll add my experience in case anyone else has the same question. I was obsessed with sugar when I was on Latuda. I literally had to make sure that there were candy bars with me at night - EVERY night - or I'd crawl out of my skin with anxiety. The medication worked fantastically - I was balanced for the first time in my life, except for the candy bingeing. I would eat a King sized Butterfinger every night, if not two, and it was completely mindless. I was also eating fast food for lunch and dinner every single day because I was starving and had no "time" to make myself something healthy, working a full time job and going to school, as well. Besides that, I didn't WANT something healthy. I was enjoying noshing on greasy fries and all things bad for me. I very quickly put on 50 pounds - in maybe 2 months.
It's impossible to eat that many calories per day and gain weight at that rate without another factor being involved, but my obsessive eating wasn't helping at all. When I stopped Latuda, I started eating only when I was hungry, I realized that I was full mid-meal and stopped eating, and I stopped eating candy and fast food, but I did give myself complete freedom to eat whatever I wanted, and I lost between 2-4 pounds per week ... until I started the next antipsychotic. They all do it. My psychiatrist just recently mentioned an over the counter solution to counter antipsychotic weight gain that is being discussed in psychiatry circles. Forgive me if I spell it incorrectly - inositol. She said, studies show that 2mg is the sweet spot, and taking more has no additional benefit, but it does help people with insulin resistance, helps to moderate a more healthy metabolism, and helps the pancreas work less hard on producing insulin. It's some kind of natural substance that works like glucose, I think (don't quote me on that - I only looked at it quickly online). She said that we are going to hold off on that until I start gaining weight on my current antipsychotic, then use that to see if we can stave it off. It will be an interesting experiment. I'd rather lose than just maintain. Yet I'd sure rather maintain than gain!!! Anyway, I hope this helps. :0) Meggie
The side effects are described as decreased appetite BUT weight gain. I've just started taking Latuda, 20 mgs and have experience increased hunger. Is the weight gain an issue with metabolism? I need to know if I can restrict calories and use will power to not give into the hunger or if I'm going to gain weight regardless. Seroquel and Abilify didn't work for me.
I started Latuda 5 months after being on seraqul for almost a year. I lost 30lbs when I got off of seraqul. I also changed my thought process about food and snacking. I always seemed bloated on seraqul but it could of just been in my head. Anyways my experience with Latuda has been a long process but in the long run I'm enjoying life and 30 lbs lighter on this med! Good luck to everyone. I would stay stick with this drug at a semi low dose for a few months to see results.
I had been taking zeldox on the highest dose 80 mg twice a day for years for schizophrenia and could not stop gaining weight. So my psychiatrist put me on latuda I am taking two 80mg tablets at night and have been on it for about 4 months, in that time I have lost 10kgs natrually. The only problem I had with Latuda was nausea but have been put on Ondansetron 4mg for nausea to take an hour before I take the Latuda and it works perfectly. I have tried abilify and had no success with it but the Latuda helped me regarding my mental health and with weight loss.
I always like to chime in on these boards with the message of always taking what we read here with a grain of salt. I do this because of the impact these kind of boards can have on people's psyche; it had one on me.
I struggled with chronic back pain and disc disease for years (now in remission). I would often go to message boards for help, only to be inundated with the bleak and miserable histories that so often fill up these kind of sites.
If I had believed 50% of what I read on the there, I never would have believed recovery was possible.
That was when I remembered that typically people who receive treatment and recover just move on with their lives rather than revisit old message boards to let people know that help is possible. Some do, and god bless them.
My guess would be that something similar is going on here. If Latuda worked for you and you didn't gain weight, I doubt you would come back and alert us to the news, so we inevitably get the false impression that most people gained weight on this drug, but it's simply not the case.
Double-blind studies showed that around 8% of patients experienced weight gain at roughly an average of 7% of their body weight. More importantly, 6% of the placebo group gained the same amount of weight. This means that the most we can say with any amount of certainty is that there was a 2% difference, or that there is some correlation between weight gain and latuda in about 2% of the total experiment population. 2%. These numbers also do not reflect the number of people that lost weight, however few that may have been.
Older generations of anti-psychotics affect certain histamine pathways that can potentially affect hormone levels and subsequently your metabolism, in addition to other factors, hence weight gain.
Latuda doesn’t influence the H1 histamine receptor nor the M1 muscarinic receptor. Possible explanations for weight gain then usually rest on unknown metabolic affects still being studied, but more often on lifestyle changes caused by the drug and decreased depression such as increased hunger, more energy to eat and enjoy food, the potential lethargy that limits exercise, and so on.
This last point is really important to remember because the contributing factors for the weight gain specific to Latuda (and other bipolar drugs) are BEHAVIORAL, and NOT a genetic predisposition (at least not one that wouldn't be affected by dispositions you have anyway not related to depression (lots of mentally sound people struggle with weight gain).
This means that we have some agency here - we can change and modify our behaviors to mitigate, if not entirely reverse, weight gain on this drug.
To really get a better picture of how Latuda affects weight gain in some people, we would really need to know what exactly are their levels of fitness, the quality and quantity of their diet, and body composition; factors that influence metabolic stasis the most. Most people struggle to be honest here and are so even in rigorous research studies; it's not easy to admit to anyone, including ourselves when we're alone in a room filling out research questionnaires, that perhaps our behaviors are contributing more to our weight gain than we thought.
For some perspective, significant portions of people who begin exercise regimens gain weight, and not just a little. This is because exercise affects your BEHAVIOR, namely in how you eat. Exercise releases ghrelin, a chemical which encourages appetite. It also can contribute to the faulty logic that because your exercising more you can simply eat more. Both of these are behavioral issues are brought on BECAUSE of the treatment (in this case exercise), behaviors that must be modified in order to properly address potential weight gain. But how ludicrous would it be to suggest that in order to maintain or lose weight you should stop exercising.
While this does not apply across the board for antipsychotics, it seems to map on pretty nicely to Latuda. I would seriously analyze and question my own lifestyle choices before jumping to the tragic conclusion that Latuda will only cause weight gain, or that even if you happen to be in the 8% who did gain weight your fate is sealed and that you should give up hope on being both happy and healthy; you'll have to pick just one.
I just started 20mg of Latuda daily after a long and serious bout of Bipolar depression. I also take 400mg of Lamotrigine and have been for about a year.
I am also a regularly fit and athletic. I eat fairly well and I run, swim, and bike on a daily basis.
I am going to do my best to maintain my lifestyle as is (understanding that if the drug starts to affect my behavior I will HAVE to adjust) over the next three months and regularly keep track of my weight. I am currently 6' and about 195 pounds.
Wish me luck, and I will be back with an update.
From my experiences I am taking latuda 120 mg at night. I have noticed I'm not gaining weight but putting on body fat quickly. Its making me feel down I even go to the gym and eat healthly. I got to be honest with myself iv been having sugar and carbohydrate cravings a lot and I think that's putting body fat on me but not quiet sure.
Was on Latuda 20 mg for a year or so. Was able to lose 65 pounds. However, three days ago Dr. increased to 40 mg. I have already gained 1 pound. In three days. I track my daily calories and my average for these three days was 1,250 per day. This is definitely a weight gain medication. Have already called the doctor to give me a new prescription for 20 mg. No way I am going to be "fat and happy."
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