I am sitting here looking at a bottle of Zyprexa 10 MG. After reading all these comments I am scared to take it. I do not want to gain ANY weight my only problem is racing thoughts at night and not being able to turn my mind off and go to sleep. Once asleep I am ok... My doctor has tried many things to help me go to sleep and none have helped. Do I dare try this drug... I am reading about 20 to 30 pounds weight gain in a month. That alone would depress me. I am 5'5" and weigh around 135. Does everyone that takes this drug gain weight?
Although not everyone will gain weight the chances of gaining weight on Zyprexa are high.
If you have tried other medicines without any success I would suggest that you try this and if you see your weight going up then you can decide whether you'd like to try some other medicine. All the best.
If you do not want to gain weight, don't take this drug. I am currently taking 5 mgs of it at night. I'm going to my P Doc and getting off it asap. I have felt like a balloon, blowing up more and more with every day I take it and I don't really see the benefit to it. It's making me crazier by putting weight on me and I haven't even eaten anymore than usual. Stay away from Zyprexa.
I know now that weight gain is a very common side effect, but when I started the drug ~2 years ago my doctor didn't tell me. I have since had weight fluctuations, but not the 20-30 pounds/month. I have also remained within a reasonable range (I'm 5'6'' and my weight is usually between 120-140 and I was 120 when I started taking it). However, I have noticed that the amount of Zyprexa I need to take to actually help my anxiety (I take 10 mg) often makes me feel sluggish and groggy. I am in the process of finding a new medication.
Zyprexa is one of the worst offenders when it comes to weight gain. My doctor put me on Zyprexa for Bipolar Type I. I was also taking Lamictal, titrating up to a therapeutic dose, which took several months, so my doc put me on Zyprexa to give me some relief until the Lamictal kicked in. After being on Zyprexa for a week, I felt like I got my life back. I was the old me. Mentally, I was golden. Unfortunately, everything else was not so golden. I gained 60 lbs, was so tired I could hardly keep my eyes open, my cholesterol and triglycerides were through the roof, my sugar was up and I was eating to the point where I would be sick. I was more than happy to get off of this when the Lamictal kicked in. It's an awesome mood stabilizer, works quickly, but the side effects are awful. If you have another alternative, I'd try that instead. Good luck!
It's a great drug, very effective however, I gained 10 lbs in just one week. I do not know if it is water retention. My feet, hands started swelling first. I use it for bipolar this seems to be the only drug that works. I tried it 15 years ago and felt like a fat cow.
I stopped it last night and only if I started going down hill in mood will I go back on it.
But, that's not everyone's experience. I was on lithium and many people report weight, not me.
Be well, hope this helps.
- Zyprexa Information for Consumers
- Zyprexa Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Zyprexa (detailed)
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