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Medication Weight Gain

Looney Tunes

Looney Tunes

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"shoulda made a left toin at Alba-koi-kee."
I’ve been taking Mirtazapine for about 7 years and managed to keep most of the weight off and even lost 3 stone in later years. During a difficult period my GP increased it to the max and I started putting on weight but it didn’t bother me more than the troubles I was experiencing, my GP then put me on to Sertraline and my weight has now gone back to what it was before the weight loss.

In the meantime I was referred to a Psychiatrist and diagnosed with BPD, talking the Psych I suggested reducing the Sertraline before we try a mood stabiliser. It didn’t happen, I tried tapering down to below the therapeutic dose gradually but it was terrible but I am on a reduced dose and coping.

Are there any combinations that don’t cause weight gain and do you think my Psych will listen to my weight concerns?

I think I might need to face it though, carrying extra weight is nothing if my head’s in right place.
 
Mayflower7

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Hi,
Unfortunately a common side effect, I have also developed diabetes type two.
Do your Drs monitor you for diabetes etc with yearly blood tests?
Take care
 
Mayflower7

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Hi,
My family is full of type2 to, they should be checking you.
Take care
 
Luci

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If it is a concern and you have family members with Type2 I would defo be mentioning it at your medication review
 
SwanLake

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I’ve been taking Mirtazapine for about 7 years and managed to keep most of the weight off and even lost 3 stone in later years. During a difficult period my GP increased it to the max and I started putting on weight but it didn’t bother me more than the troubles I was experiencing, my GP then put me on to Sertraline and my weight has now gone back to what it was before the weight loss.

In the meantime I was referred to a Psychiatrist and diagnosed with BPD, talking the Psych I suggested reducing the Sertraline before we try a mood stabiliser. It didn’t happen, I tried tapering down to below the therapeutic dose gradually but it was terrible but I am on a reduced dose and coping.

Are there any combinations that don’t cause weight gain and do you think my Psych will listen to my weight concerns?

I think I might need to face it though, carrying extra weight is nothing if my head’s in right place.
I’m on Sertraline and at the beginning of the year I had to address my weight as my cholesterol levels were way too high. Changing to a healthy diet and half hour exercise four times a week has led to me losing just under two stone this year. My mate who has followed suit and was type 2 no longer has it due the weight he’s lost. I hope things work out for you.
 
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