Hello there. I gained 70 pounds in one year on Abilify. I went from being 5’3” at 110 to 180. This is causing me great depression looking at myself in the mirror and not being able to fit in any of my clothes. I recently stopped taking Abilify. Has anyone had any success with losing weight after stopping the medication?
I have! It really depends on what you switch to after stopping abilify. I switched to seroquel and gained even more weight but then switched to Latuda and lost all the weight I gained plus some.
Yes you will lose most of the weight you gained while taking Abilify. I have taken 100 mg of Abilify in the past and gained 65 lbs rather quickly. When I stopped taking it I slowly got back to my normal weight. I decided that although it worked for my depression I could not stand being so fat and got off it. 3 months ago I again started taking Abilify as it was the only drug that worked for my depression. So far I have gained 50 lbs. Although I hate the weight gain it has made my depression so much better I am staying on it.
Hi, mom! Yes, you will but it can take several months. Be aware that all antidepressants and anti-psychotics can cause weight gain in some people in case you're switching to another medication.
Hi! I’m not sure if anyone will respond (I hope someone does), but I’ve been off Abilify for a couple of months now and I still haven’t noticed any changes in my weight. I gained 66lbs in one year on abilify even when my eating pattern didn’t change much. I’m wondering if I will lose the weight again and how long it will take. I’m swimming 1h 3/4 times a week and I’m trying to eat only 1200 kcal a day. Hope someone can share their experiences! Thanks!
I don’t know I would get off of Abilify myself, I also gained 70 lbs and don’t
Know how to bring it up to my Dr her answer is WW
I had problems with Zoloft! I gained more weight with Zoloft than the meds that I'm on right now! I'm losing weight with Abilify now. I'm hoping that the increase won't affect my weight as I'm on a soft foods diet due to that I don't have teeth anymore. I'm hoping that the 5mgs of Abilify won't make gain weight because I take it at night for my sleep and my impulsiveness.
I took Abilify for over 5 years. My weight became a constant rollercoaster. Gaining then losing the same 50 pounds several times. I struggle with Anorexia, so this was a nightmare for me. I became severely anorexic three times, losing too much weight, (the losing weight was extremely difficult though) all while trying to control my overeating, intense food cravings, and abnormally fast weight gain I experienced. I personally believe abilify should never be prescribed to someone with an eating disorder. They very real side effect of weight gain is too disturbing. I have stopped taking it for 2 weeks now and hope my weight will finally stabilize. I am on venlafaxine, and Wellbutrin now.
I gained 60 lbs on abilify. I've been taking it for 4 years. I am weaning off of a 5 mg daily dose and still taking 2 mg daily. I have lost 16 lbs in 3 weeks! My hgba1c is also elevated for the first time in my life since starting abilify. So, hopefully that will come down too. So, yes, I would say you will lose weight after reducing or stopping abilify. Good luck!
I started out at 5’3” 125 now I’m 170 lbs. like you I am very depressed. Gonna stop my meds
I too am afraid I am stuck with my massive weight gain from Abilify. I have been on Abilify for about 9 years. 2mgs a day. Not only have I gained about 70 lbs but my breast size doubled in the first couple of years. I used to be a B cup and very thin. Now I am a D cup and have a huge belly. I went off Abilify for about 3 months and didn't notice a budge in the weight. My depression got so bad again and I went back on because Abilify works for me. It seems the weight is impossible to lose though!
I realize this is an old question but for anyone still looking for an answer, it's been 3 months of being off of Abilify and I have not lost any weight at all! It helped my anxiety/irritability but I put on 15 pounds in a little over a month without changing any of my habits. I'm really struggling mentally because of it.
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