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Hard to exercise on mood stabilizers



Well-known member
Sep 1, 2019
West Coast U.S.
Can anyone relate?

I'm on lamotrigine right now, and while it doesn't expressly make you gain weight, I've noticed my body start to become a little softer..

I had always been a runner, and was cut at about 140lbs at 5'9". But recently after going back on my meds, I've found I've blown up to 156-160, and I just can't find the energy or motivation to keep running. I think something about the mood stabilizers takes away from the endorphins and "runners high" I used to experience. Now I just seem to get tired.

It's really disappointing as someone who always valued being healthy. I still eat a mostly vegan/vegetarian diet, and of course no matter what my mental health is more important than my abs lol. But it's a little depressing to not feel energized anymore. No amount of coffee seems to help

Anyone going through anything similar?


Well-known member
Jan 5, 2011
I'm on Lamotrigine and find it works very well. But these meds work differently for each person and we cannot ever be sure how they will affect each individual. I put on weight but that is the Mirtazepine I'm on as well.

Not having any energy for things we used to do is something I hate about being on meds. I'm too passive now and miss being "bubbly" at times.


Well-known member
Sep 1, 2019
West Coast U.S.
I think part of the problem may be that I significantly upped the dose after having a meltdown last month.. I was on 100mg but I felt it was barely working. So I went up to 200, and I'm finally now at 300, which seems to be the magic number. Finally feeling genuinely good and clear headed, without any nagging seeds of depression or manic anxiety left in me

Again I don't think the meds directly make me gain weight. But I think they're making me a little predisposed toward being sedentary! I think I just need more willpower than before to stay on shape. Which is annoying. But I suppose I can do it


Well-known member
Jul 8, 2019
yes I have this going on
and I reduced the exercise because of it
and now I'm regretting that
because my body got stiff

I'm trying to build it back up slowly


New member
Sep 24, 2019
Los Angeles
I was on Lamotrigine before and I was actually losing weight on it for some odd reason. It actually induce my mania more and I realized it wasn’t for me. Medication seems to act differently on everyone
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