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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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I'm probably better off smoking weed than anti psychotics.
You're definitely not. The THC in cannabis can cause psychosis in those prone to it - such as people with bipolar disorder. I was warned off it years ago by a psychiatric nurse but I'd never used it anyway. There's loads of info on t'internet; here's just one article:

Cannabis-Induced Psychosis: A Review (psychiatrictimes.com)

Re-reading your posts, I see you were not in earnest when saying the above. Please stay away from weed; for us, it can be a killer.
 
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My wife has been on 300mg quetiapine for a few months, along with a bunch of other stuff (depakote, gabapentin). Her cardio is likely the best its ever been. This is because she was just in a really bad depression and in addition to getting upped to 300mg quetiapine, her doctor recommended she go outside and try to get exercise every day to help with the depression/anxiety. So she picked up running for the first time in her life, and also started HIIT exercise by watching videos on youtube. Fortunately those developed into good habits that she still continues even though her depression is mostly over and she is still on 300mg quetiapine.

Despite all her cardio, her weight has gone up a bit because of sugar cravings that quetiapine gives you. She manages it by trying to snack only on healthy stuff, but gives in from time to time. Without the cardio, I'm sure her weight would have gone more.
 
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NWiddi, I am the same. Have put on a similar amount of weight, but am able to not put more on, just can't seem to lose any either. Boffin, I can't help with the fitness question, I haven't ever seen myself as particularly fit, but now I am not working, and trying to get myself well, I am walking a lot more in general. Trying to pluck up the courage to start swimming again too, which will help me. I feel a bit the same about meds, but apparently it is all about finding the right ones. Have you had a review recently? I've smoked weed recreationally over the years too. Always felt a benefit, used to relax me and help me sleep. Not since I have been on the medication though, it has had the opposite effect, making me scared and restless.
 
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Spoke to my psychiatrist few weeks ago now. They increased my quitiapine dose to 450mg. I still get depressed but haven't had a manic episode for a while now. I might ask if I can go on to lithium next time.
 
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I’ve been on 300 mg of quetiapine for about 8 months now and I haven’t noticed a reduction in physical ability. I will say that when I first started quetiapine I always was craving sugary foods. I ended up just cutting sugar out of my diet altogether. I haven’t had any weight gain. I think being on this type of medication just means that we have to be more careful with what we are eating because it definitely can make you gain some weight.

I also smoke weed as well and I believe it helps me. I know a lot of people are against smoking weed when dealing with psychosis, but for me it just takes the edge off.
 
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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.
weed can induce psychosis so probably not :)
 
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I’ve been on 300 mg of quetiapine for about 8 months now and I haven’t noticed a reduction in physical ability. I will say that when I first started quetiapine I always was craving sugary foods. I ended up just cutting sugar out of my diet altogether. I haven’t had any weight gain. I think being on this type of medication just means that we have to be more careful with what we are eating because it definitely can make you gain some weight.

I also smoke weed as well and I believe it helps me. I know a lot of people are against smoking weed when dealing with psychosis, but for me it just takes the edge off.
Everyone is different and weed can do wonders for some but also easily have negative sid effects such as paranoia etc… so be careful
 
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100% I was an elite level athlete prior that.

And quetiapine made me so freaking weak and tired.
 
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I was doing really well fitness wise for a few years, then I was getting knee pain so I stopped. It is taking me a huge effort to get back to it. I’m trying to at least do some low impact aerobics (on YouTube), but once you get out of the routine it’s hard.
 
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I almost feel sad that there are so many of us defending antipsychotics and vilifying Cannabis based on things they've been told. Depending on the antipsychotic and condition (which to me at least is majorly down to the drug and its effects over the course of that illness, the odd outlier aside) you can expect to have your life shortened by as much as 20 years!
Who makes money from Risperidone or Quetiapine or Aripiprazole or Olanzapine? And who makes money from weed? Who has a wealth of influence behind them to convince people which is safe and which is not? I fucking hate 'factual' thinking; it's usually the wrongest thinking there is. And just for the record, I am NOT a Cannabis user.
 
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