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Old 03-14-2019, 04:32 PM #1
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Default Need to get off of antipsychotics

I have depression w/ bipolar features; my doctor hasn't given me a 1 or 2 diagnosis. I've had depressive episodes and other symptoms like insomnia and racing thoughts. For years I was fine on antidepressants (and Klonopin for a sleep disorder) but about eight years ago I went through a severe, extremely anxious depression and my new doctor prescribed Zyprexa and Cymbalta. I got better pretty quickly but eventually wanted to switch meds b/c of weight gain. Anyways, fast forward to now and I'm taking Prozac, Geodon, Klonopin and Adderall for crushing fatigue that is a primary symptom of my depression. I've gained a lot of weight in the past year, partially from taking a low dose of Remeron for sleep for awhile, and my doctor tells me Geodon and Prozac don't cause weight gain...but I've been reading that they can. I have very high cholesterol and antipsychotics can increase cholesterol. I am just not comfortable with staying on antipsychotics for much longer b/c of all of the bad side effects. Does anyone have a suggestion for a mood stabilizing med that I can ask my doctor about that is not an antipsychotic and does not cause weight gain? My doctor thinks the Geodon helps my depression in combination with an antidepressant but I want to get off of it!
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I've been on trileptal for a couple years now, haven't had weight gain and it's been very helpful.

Good experiences with Depakote as well but some weight gain. Lithium was a nightmare for me but it's helpful for a lot of people

I've heard good things about Lamictal
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I'm on Serequel XR and its causing me weight gain . I might switch back to saphris , even though it taste absolutely disgusting I'd rather try that. Lithium didnt cause weight gain for me either.
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never had weight issues with geodon ... it helped my sleep .... once I quit I did not sleep deeply for months ...
I am now on lamictal and abilify ... doing ok ...
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Default Re: Need to get off of antipsychotics

I also have had no weight gain or any side effects from Geodon in the two months since I started it. It has been a life saving med dealing with major psychosis and being a adjunct mood stabiliser. However we are all different so definitely talk to your pdoc about it.
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Lamictal has been very helpful for me and no weight gain!
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Default Re: Need to get off of antipsychotics

I haven't had problems with weight gain on Geodon as well. I'm on Depakote, Zyprexa, and Trileptal and am not gaining weight, although I can't lose weight either (I suspect I could if I weren't on the Zyprexa).
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Tegretol is great, related to tripleptal. They wanted to try me on lithium again instead but Ill try 1/2 a .25 tablet of Xanax to bring me down from hypomania.
I react very badly to antipsychotics, terrible panic attacks and restlessness.
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Default Re: Need to get off of antipsychotics

Mood stabilizer+non-psychotic+no weight gain= Lithium
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