(I am thinking about switching to Zyprexa... ) I am currently taking 1 mg Risperdal/daily. I have gained a little weight and have been going to the gym regularly for the past 3 months and am seeing no improvement. I am convinced that it is the Risperdal keeping me from being able to lose the weight. I am considering talking to my doctor about stopping the risperdal and switching it out with something different. I know of quite a few people who have gained a significant amount of weight while on Zyprexa, but i know that some people either gain no weight or actually lose some weight. My question is, if you are or were taking Zyprexa, did you gain or lose weight?
Hi, Tr! People have very different responses to medications and you'll hear both sides of the story. But that being said, Zyprexa IS the most notorious AAP for causing weight gain. In some studies as many as 26% of users reported weight gain averaging 20lbs and in some cases 60lbs or more.
I'm very physically fit, exercise daily, and eat a very healthy primarily veggie based diet. I gained no weight on Risperdal and I'm currently having no problem on Seroquel. But when I was taking Zyprexa, for about 2yrs, I gained 40lbs and it wouldn't budge. My psych switched me to Seroquel and the weight fell off in just a couple months.
Just my experience. I hope it helps with your decision. Best wishes, WCV
If you don't want to gain weight, do not start Zyprexa. I have gained a lot of weight on this medication. It is a very good medication, especially for suicidal thoughts, which is why I started it but I have never been as heavy as I am now and I eat well, stay away from carbs and exercise. This medication does something to your metabolism or something. I am in the process of weaning off of it. I pray I deflate once I do. I suggest trying another medication.
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