Meds & Weight : Meds for BP II?
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Q:  Meds & Weight : Meds for BP II?


I have been on Lithium carbonate for about 6 months and have gained a  bunch of weight, I was wondering what other medicine could I take without gaining more weight? My doctor doesn't want to change my meds. but I don't want to be depressed over my weight anymore either?
She must understand what that is like being a women. And also if someone was diagnosed with BP 2 would they take meds? Is so what would they take?
Thanks
 

Dear Elisabeth -- 
Try this
website, go to the sections on treatment and treatment details, and read about how to use Depakote (the usual main alternative) without gaining weight by watching out for appetite increase; and about Trileptal and lamotrigine, and maybe even thyroid if you have a family history of thyroid problems or if your current TSH is >3 (ask your doctor, and you may have to copy that section of the website to bring in so she/he knows why you're asking and what you're wondering about). And about non-medication approaches, though there's not really enough there to rely on for most people (it is for use with medications, for most people). 

Dr. Phelps

Published May, 2002 

 

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