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Old 08-26-2018, 03:46 PM   #1
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My Psychiatrist started me on Metformin to counter act the weight gain I have gotten from Seroquel. In the months I have been on Seroquel I have gained about 60lbs . I weight 210lbs now my normal weight is like 150lbs maybe highest was 170lbs.

The Metformin is supposed to counter act the weight gain from the Seroquel but the only problem is since I have started taking it a few days ago I have noticed stomach problems. And having to go number 2 a lot.

Is there any alternatives to Metformin I can use to counter act the weight gain from Seroquel? That does not cause stomach problems.
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Old 08-27-2018, 12:21 PM   #2
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I so wish I had a suggestion for you. I have gained 125lbs. on Seroquel. I think the stuff is poison and I am so sorry I ever started taking it. I am working on going off of it, but of course, that's a slow process.

No doctor has ever suggested Metformin to me. I really don't know why, since I've gained so much.

All I can offer is that my older sister was on Metformin and had very difficult side-effects from it, including hair loss. But she is not on any psych meds and does not have a weight problem. She was just showing some signs of pre-diabetes, so her GP prescribed Metformin. My sister no longer takes it.
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Berberine perhaps?

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Although maybe also give Metformin some more time? I'm on it too but have 0 side effects now, my system adjusted to it after a few weeks.

A tapered start is also a good idea with Metformin.
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Berberine perhaps?

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Although maybe also give Metformin some more time? I'm on it too but have 0 side effects now, my system adjusted to it after a few weeks.

A tapered start is also a good idea with Metformin.

I'm tempted by alternative medications. The problem is, unless one can afford an expensive holistic health practitioner, we have no way of knowing how alternatives will interact with our medication. I once had a frightening experience with black cohosh. It interacted with the SSRI I was on. I fear that many people believe that herbal medicine is harmless, and that is not necessarily the case.
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I knew someone who would take Seroquel right before she went to bed, and she lost a lot of weight.

I started doing the same thing a few days ago. I eat dinner a few hours before and then take all my meds and immediately go to bed. It works great for controlling hunger.
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I knew someone who would take Seroquel right before she went to bed, and she lost a lot of weight.

I started doing the same thing a few days ago. I eat dinner a few hours before and then take all my meds and immediately go to bed. It works great for controlling hunger.
I also take it before bed. But still got a lot of weight gain.

I am up to 500mg of Metformin twice a day now for about 3 weeks. No weight loss yet. will wait and see the stomach problems went away.
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If you're on the instant release metformin, that tends to cause more gastrointestinal distress than the extended release. Perhaps try giving the extended release version of metformin a try, and see how that treats you.

I can totally empathize with you on that, I was on 2000 mg metformin and it was like anything I put in me went straight through me... it was awful. I had to get off of it.
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Topamax sometimes works. The first time I took it I lost 50 pounds. The problem is that you have to stay on that or else the weight will come back on quickly. Iím thinking of asking my doctor for either topamax or metaformin.
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