Zyprexa - Scared of Weight Gain
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Q:  Zyprexa - Scared of Weight Gain

I am currently taking 150 mg Zoloft, 1600 mg Neurontin, and have just recently been put on 2.5 mg of Zyprexa. I have heard that Zyprexa is notorious for weight gain. I have a very poor body image, and while my meds havent caused any weight problems in the past, i am a young (22) girl who is very scared of weight gain. Should I be worried about gaining weight when on such a small dose of Zyprexa? I already feel fatter than usual, but I dont know if that is just mental. Help!! 

Dear Lorraine -- 
You have heard correctly, but don't panic yet.  Some people seem to be able to take that low dose and get away with it.  I worry more when the dose is higher.  Make sure your doctor knows about your concerns and takes them into account when making choices with you.  Keep a record of your weight and your physical activity (which should be a regular thing, blah, blah, you've heard that part before but it's really true, for anybody).  Managing weight while managing symptoms is coming to be recognized as part of the challenge of treating bipolar disorder, not just a "problem" that some people have with body image; so this is not your problem, this is a routine problem, but not impossible.  Good luck with your efforts. 

Dr. Phelps


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