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Weight gain on antipsychotics and anti depressants

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RollingJovi

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I'm currently on amisulpride and mirtazapine too and I have gained about 5kg in 6 months of starting mirtazapine. My GP put me on it as I was experiencing very low moments in my life and mirtazapine has helped to ease the suicidal and low moments in my life.

I have had a blood test to check my prolactin levels and it seems they are very high due to the amisulpride and my psychiatrist will probably change me back to Abilify within the next few months which I don't have a problem with as I didn't really get as many side effects on Abilify.

I'm just wondering if anyone may think that changing to Abilify will ease the weight gain and I maybe able to stop taking mirtazapine because it's very good for depression too?

Can I request that I want to go back on to Abilify and will they listen to me if I insist on changing back to Abilify?

I have high prolactin levels due to the amisulpride and I've heard that long term damage of that is thinning of the bones.

Any ideas?
 
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hey

i might be changing to abilify too, it wouldnt hurt to ask them to change your meds imo, and im guessing it would help with weight as weight gain isnt a side effect on abilify, im on risperidone atm and its caused me to have high prolactin levels.
 
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Yeah my psychiatrist said that Risperidone does also increase prolactin levels so that is not a good idea to change to that. I went through all the atypical antipsychotics I've been on and she thinks that the Abilify would be the best option. I honestly do think that it's the best one out of a bad bunch.

Did risperidone give you any sort of depression? I don't have any side effects of high prolactin levels as of yet but, I'm worried about the long term problems. What has your psychiatrist recommended to do about the risperidone and have you got any side effects from the high prolactin levels?
 
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Yeah my psychiatrist said that Risperidone does also increase prolactin levels so that is not a good idea to change to that. I went through all the atypical antipsychotics I've been on and she thinks that the Abilify would be the best option. I honestly do think that it's the best one out of a bad bunch.

Did risperidone give you any sort of depression? I don't have any side effects of high prolactin levels as of yet but, I'm worried about the long term problems. What has your psychiatrist recommended to do about the risperidone and have you got any side effects from the high prolactin levels?
i dont think ive had any side effects from the high prolactin levels, but my pdoc has suggested i go see her on monday for a meds review and my cc said that they are thinking about abilify and gave me a leaflet before monday came, as i see my cc and pdoc at the same place. im guessing the pdoc will suggest changing me over to abilify as last time i went to see her i said i was unhappy about my weight also, and she said it could be the risperidone and they can look at changing my meds to something else.
 
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I've started in the last 2 weeks doing some exercise everyday to try combat the weight gain and hopefully get rid of the excess weight that I've gained on my stomach. I used to be on clozapine and I gained weight on that too, my cholesterol levels were also high due to the clozapine. I've told my psych that I don't want to go on clozapine ever again, I could barely function when I was on that. Anyway, when I took Risperidone I had to be put on a anti depressant because it was making me feel very low and I was feeling like a zombie, I was becoming dead to any emotions. No one ever told me that Risperidone could increase prolactin levels, nor did they tell me when I started Amisulpride. It's only since I've been seeing a new psych that she has picked up on the high prolactin levels. Proof that these medical professionals just dish out medication like sweets and hope for the best. I'm definitely requesting I go back on to Abilify
 
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I've started in the last 2 weeks doing some exercise everyday to try combat the weight gain and hopefully get rid of the excess weight that I've gained on my stomach. I used to be on clozapine and I gained weight on that too, my cholesterol levels were also high due to the clozapine. I've told my psych that I don't want to go on clozapine ever again, I could barely function when I was on that. Anyway, when I took Risperidone I had to be put on a anti depressant because it was making me feel very low and I was feeling like a zombie, I was becoming dead to any emotions. No one ever told me that Risperidone could increase prolactin levels, nor did they tell me when I started Amisulpride. It's only since I've been seeing a new psych that she has picked up on the high prolactin levels. Proof that these medical professionals just dish out medication like sweets and hope for the best. I'm definitely requesting I go back on to Abilify
admittedly i do feel zombiefied on risperidone and no they dont tell you the side effects meds can bring, i think they also dont tell us as there are many side effects that can happen which dont always happen. im hoping i start abilify monday, good luck with your request, and hope the weight comes off for you as hopefully it will me :)
 
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I have been on various antipsychotic pills,mood stabalizers and anti depressants over the last seven years,I have also gained loads of weight. I now am on abilify and have been for about a year and still cant shift the weight. I have not got any motivation to exercise and feel like a zombie with no life. I rarely go out of the house because of the weight I have put on,so it is a vicious circle! I suddenly stopped taking my tablets two years ago and lost 3 stone! but I ended up getting sectioned for the 3rd time. I feel like the tablets have robbed me of my personality and self confidence.In my opinion all the tablets make you put weight on I wish there was another way. Abilify has not helped me but we are all different.
 
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Hi Darksoul,

Sorry to hear that you haven't been feeling too good. I know what it's like to be staying at home all the time. I've put on 5kg in 6 months so I'm really not happy with the meds that I'm taking. I've tried all of the atypical antipsychotics and I think that Abilify was the best one for side effects. I guess we're all different with the side effects and I am also upset that these tablets rule my life, without them I would end up back in hospital and I don't wanna go back there again.
 
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hi rolling jovi,I know what you mean also I have told my psychiatrist about my weight gain for years and he has just shifted me onto different tablets, I am on arpizol that's how you spell it as I don't have them to hand ! as well as ablify and volpric acid and anti depressents. I have now decided after 7 years I don't want to be under the psych anymore and will just go to the doctor for a second opinion,but I'm not a lover of going to thre docs! Do you agree like me its a vicious circle of feeling well in the head but feeling and looking like a bloated whale.. I used to be thin! help!!!!! I am a shell of my former self,stuck in a rut... I don't mean to be depressive but I blame the tablets and believe there maybe alternative therapy out there.. fuck the therapy that's just talking over old ground......
 
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One thing I will say about risperidone is that I do not produce breast milk like I did with other tablets... I a m sure that does not apply to males though lol I would like to reach out to someone who feels trapped in the cycle of tablets... you do or you don't... if you don't then expect another hospital stay if you do then except a life of looking and feelin like a bloater...god I know I go on and also it says you shouldn't drink on the tablets, which I do at night and when I don't I end up having bad nightmares but it relieves the boredom
 
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god ive been on so many tablets its hard to differentiate... abilify... volporic acid and risperidone and anti depressants not sure what they are called until I go and look...yes I have had a wine or two... bit wouldn't you considering what a boring life it is
 
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Antidepressants are not associated with weight gain. Some mood stabilizers like depokote/valproic acid are.

As far as the long term effects of high prolactin levels, only a doctor can give you an informed answer.
 
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I find the doctor does not listen, he says that I would crave more carbs on some, but I know how hungry I feel which is not 'normal' at times! I did not realise that volproic acid would make me feel more hungry...
 
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Darksoul,

Men can produce milk from taking Risperidone or Amisulpride. I am male and I haven't had any side effects like that as of yet but, the doctors tested my prolactin levels which is the hormone that can make male patients grow breasts and even produce milk. With females it can also produce breast milk and make females not have a period and it can mess up the whole cycle.

I plan to move off Amisulpride in the near future when I see my psych in March due to the high prolactin levels. I've heard in the long term of having high prolactin levels it can cause thinning of the bones. I don't like the way these doctors give out tablets like sweets and don't care about the bad side effects people have to put up with while in the meds. I think it borders on abuse of patients a kind of psychiatric abuse towards patients. It is true that it is a case of shut up and take the meds to keep out of hospital and crisis but, if you don't take the meds then it's a quick route to hospital admission. I used to be very skinny before I was put on all these meds and I am putting weight on around my belly and I don't like it. It's depressing me :-(
 
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Darksoul,

Men can produce milk from taking Risperidone or Amisulpride. I am male and I haven't had any side effects like that as of yet but, the doctors tested my prolactin levels which is the hormone that can make male patients grow breasts and even produce milk. With females it can also produce breast milk and make females not have a period and it can mess up the whole cycle.

I plan to move off Amisulpride in the near future when I see my psych in March due to the high prolactin levels. I've heard in the long term of having high prolactin levels it can cause thinning of the bones. I don't like the way these doctors give out tablets like sweets and don't care about the bad side effects people have to put up with while in the meds. I think it borders on abuse of patients a kind of psychiatric abuse towards patients. It is true that it is a case of shut up and take the meds to keep out of hospital and crisis but, if you don't take the meds then it's a quick route to hospital admission. I used to be very skinny before I was put on all these meds and I am putting weight on around my belly and I don't like it. It's depressing me :-(
ive heard the same thing, and as my prolactin levels are high, im hoping to change from risperidone to abilify
 
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