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Weightloss on Abilify? Possible?

AngelBlooming

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I don't know what thread to post this in so I hope this is ok.

Is it possible? Have you done it? What was the experience like if so?

I'm on 5mg abilify. I'm switching from the devil of a drug, zyprexa. This is my 7th day on abilify and I think I'm inlove so far (don't want to speak too soon). All depressive symptoms have vanished! 0 bad side effects thus far and my appetite and strong uncontrollable urge to eat is already gone. Now all that seems to be left to do is starting my fitness journey again. Is there anyone that has been successful? Or had seen weight decrease from switching meds? And how was abilify for you?
 
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Hi AngelBlooming,

Welcome aboard to MHF.


I was the same, so I can understand. I'd been taking zyprexa, for a couple of months, however caused me to eat and eat and eat. Then, back in 2007, a consultant registrar placed me onto Abilify.

Unfortunately, for me, lower doses hadn't worked for my mental health, and over the years parents and I were tr avelling abroad on holidays/vacations so I never was really settled down mental health wise. Eventually, 20, came and still hadn't worked, then 25ml, ah, finally , allowing time for kicking in, the 25ml dose worked overall very well.

In terms of working out, back in 2007, I felt right, I wish to (and is how my recovery from mental illness started by the way) I wish to get back into fitness. After about of couple of years, and allowing for my fitness programming, my excess weight dropped off.


In the meanwhile, I had a lot of external problems andmental health issues come up, so unfortunately gained weight. And is how I am at the moment, regarding our lockdown in the UK at the present time, I have recently just resumed fitness working out. I always start off, by doing chair fitness workouts, building up gradually.


What I would like to do, once our lockdown is over, is going back to fitness dance classes again.


Once again, welcome aboard to MHF.
 
AngelBlooming

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Hi AngelBlooming,

Welcome aboard to MHF.


I was the same, so I can understand. I'd been taking zyprexa, for a couple of months, however caused me to eat and eat and eat. Then, back in 2007, a consultant registrar placed me onto Abilify.

Unfortunately, for me, lower doses hadn't worked for my mental health, and over the years parents and I were tr avelling abroad on holidays/vacations so I never was really settled down mental health wise. Eventually, 20, came and still hadn't worked, then 25ml, ah, finally , allowing time for kicking in, the 25ml dose worked overall very well.

In terms of working out, back in 2007, I felt right, I wish to (and is how my recovery from mental illness started by the way) I wish to get back into fitness. After about of couple of years, and allowing for my fitness programming, my excess weight dropped off.


In the meanwhile, I had a lot of external problems andmental health issues come up, so unfortunately gained weight. And is how I am at the moment, regarding our lockdown in the UK at the present time, I have recently just resumed fitness working out. I always start off, by doing chair fitness workouts, building up gradually.


What I would like to do, once our lockdown is over, is going back to fitness dance classes again.


Once again, welcome aboard to MHF.

Gives me hope thank you. Hope you find great success with your fitness! Here in the states it's bad and I don't see gyms opening up anytime soon, I'm so bummed! Home workouts I just can never keep up with. I shall try though or at least go on runs.
 
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Hi,
Sorry to be negative, aripipazole has caused me massive weight gain and given me type two diabetes.
My psychiatrist won't switch me.
It doesn't happen in everyone.
 
Mario82

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I was on olanzapine as well for years and it was terrible. I didn't always take it though.

I tried abilify in 2008 and had to come off it as I couldn't sit still, made me really irritable.
 
AngelBlooming

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Thanks guys for the responses. I'm bummed. I read a lot of negative about it. I'm hoping it doesn't end up interfering with my goals but so far so good.
 
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I don't know what thread to post this in so I hope this is ok.

Is it possible? Have you done it? What was the experience like if so?

I'm on 5mg abilify. I'm switching from the devil of a drug, zyprexa. This is my 7th day on abilify and I think I'm inlove so far (don't want to speak too soon). All depressive symptoms have vanished! 0 bad side effects thus far and my appetite and strong uncontrollable urge to eat is already gone. Now all that seems to be left to do is starting my fitness journey again. Is there anyone that has been successful? Or had seen weight decrease from switching meds? And how was abilify for you?
I had no luck with weight loss on ability. I ate everything and was a bottomless pit!
 
HLon99

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Hi AngelBlooming,

Welcome aboard to MHF.


I was the same, so I can understand. I'd been taking zyprexa, for a couple of months, however caused me to eat and eat and eat. Then, back in 2007, a consultant registrar placed me onto Abilify.

Unfortunately, for me, lower doses hadn't worked for my mental health, and over the years parents and I were tr avelling abroad on holidays/vacations so I never was really settled down mental health wise. Eventually, 20, came and still hadn't worked, then 25ml, ah, finally , allowing time for kicking in, the 25ml dose worked overall very well.

In terms of working out, back in 2007, I felt right, I wish to (and is how my recovery from mental illness started by the way) I wish to get back into fitness. After about of couple of years, and allowing for my fitness programming, my excess weight dropped off.


In the meanwhile, I had a lot of external problems andmental health issues come up, so unfortunately gained weight. And is how I am at the moment, regarding our lockdown in the UK at the present time, I have recently just resumed fitness working out. I always start off, by doing chair fitness workouts, building up gradually.


What I would like to do, once our lockdown is over, is going back to fitness dance classes again.


Once again, welcome aboard to MHF.
Hi Natalie,

I'm new to this forum and recently been diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder (rapid cycling) with Paranoia and some delusions. My Pdoc prescribed me Lamictal 100mg daily. I have been on it for just about 7 weeks and can already notice a big improvement in my mood and general stability. Unfortunately, I am still struggling with transient paranoia and irrational thinking, particularly at night. My Pdoc is considering putting me on neuroleptics but I'm worried about weight gain and other side effects (Im already a big fella). I heard that Abilify is least sedating and least likely to cause weight gain. What are your experiences of it and are there any side effects that I should be aware of?

Also, since I'm new to all this, is their any advice that you could give me in terms of coping and learning to adjust life to the illness from the get-go. Before my illness, I was doing pretty well, I graduated school with straight As and went to my first choice of university. However, soon my mental health began to deteriorate and I ended up dropping out and have been living a semi-reclusive life ever since. Since being on the Lamictal, I've been feeling better and can now feel some level of enjoyment from my life I'm keen to start rebuilding my life, but I have no idea where to even start. I know I want to go back to university eventually, but I'm concerned about my ability to cope. Usually, I'm a pretty resourceful person and I dont give up without a fight, but this is a challenge that is entirely new to me. Is there any advice you could give to me on how to manage my illness, anything that you would have wanted to know when you were younger?

thanks in advance
 
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Hi HLon99,


Welcome aboard to MHF.


Firstly, I recommend that you make an appointment for your GP s ervices, and they are the best people to advise you regarding being put onto Abilify, I was placed onto Abilify back in 2007, and yes, it is the least sedating, and also least likely to cause weight gain, oh oh, someone might well come along in a minute, I have always been very much a keen dedicated fitness enthusiast, and thankfully, for this previous year, I have managed to loose some weight. I fitness train to low impact aerobics/salsacise, for the time being however, it's chair fitness.

It is worth looking into volunteering, for charitible organisations, which may benefit from your skills, or interests, tip I would take each day, each week, as go along, keeping in mind, we have the coronvirus situation at the moment, and we are in lockdown, so there might not be much volunteering yet a while on the horizon.


it is worth noting, that when after you have been seen via the gp, now they might not have mental health interests at heart, so your best bet, would be to seek for a mental health referral. These are specialist teams, would assess your mental health again, and take things from there, they are likely to start with lower doses of Abilify, though with me, it didn't take until 25ml, came along, and I was often away on holiday with parents, so i had mental health problems at all times, so wasn't really settled, on 15, and 20m, 25ml was far and still is the best dose for me.


Alternatively, what you could do is, contact the cmht crisis team, they'll reassess you, and point you forward in the right direction, or to call a out of hours on duty doctor, and they will be able to re assist you.



I wish you well, in this. in terms of switching to Abilify. Please keep in mind that Abiilfy is a an antipshycotic med, if you don't have sczchiophrenia or hearing voices conditions, then Abilify might not be the right med for you. You might have to look at some other form of extra different type of med other than Abilify to help you out, again, please see GPs, or seek a referral for this matter of medication queries. We at MHF cannot treat or diagnose you, or assess you even.
 
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I was on Abilify for a very short period of time as I couldn't bare with side effects. I wasn't able to stay still. It made me restless. However I do have some experience being on neuroleptics as I take high dose of Quetiapine. While on Quetiapine I have gained a lot of weight. I thought it was impossible to get rid of extra weight but I recently learned it is possible after all. Hypomanic episode made me exercise like a maniac... Long walks several times a day and low calories diet. Few days ago I discovered I had lost significant amount of weight. Now I try to keep up with this hypomanic routine even though I am level again.

So don't lose your hope. It is possible to lose weight on neuroleptics. It's hard but it is possible. I am going to do it.
 
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