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Has anyone noticed reduced fitness since taking bipolar med?

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Been on quitiapine for 6 months now. I've noticed a significant drop in my cardiovascular fitness. I can't run as far, blood pressure has gone up a little but is normal within range.

My blood cholesterol is slightly raised, but according to Dr is within range.

Just woundered if anyone else has had any sides from their meds?
 
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I'm on different anti-psychotics, I take Aripiprazole (Abilify) and Risperidone for psychosis rather than bipolar.

I've put on around four stones in weight but that was mainly due to being on Olanzapine (Zyprexa) for nearly a year before the current cocktail that I'm on, but these new meds don't allow me to lose any weight, I'm no longer gaining though.

So as you can imagine my fitness has taken a big hit because of this.

But even if the Quetiapine hasn't made you gain much weight it is a rather good sedative so I'm told so it may be having an effect on your energy reserves.

What time of day do you take your meds?
 
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Before bed. Im on 300mg. It sucks they drug you to shut you up. In the same time it's bad for your body. I'm probably better off smoking weed than anti psychotics.
 
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According to the interweb...

"Patients with bipolar disorder who use cannabis have an earlier onset of mental illness, a lifetime of more severe symptoms and more suicide attempts, a new study finds."

Bipolar disorder and weed: how experts say they go together | Scienceline

So I wouldn't like to put that to the test.

I'd consult your prescribing doctor if you feel it's having a negative effect but other anti-psychotics may not be any better. I believe there's always some sort of trade-off in exchange for stability.
 
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Your probably right. I used to smoke a lot of weed when I was 16. I blame my disorder on that. Or life events. Getting hold of my psychiatrist is so hard he is always busy.
 
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