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Re: Does lamictal cause weight gain? papillon2

Posted by SLS on March 27, 2012, at 6:19:21

In reply to Re: Does lamictal cause weight gain? LostBoyinNCReturns, posted by papillon2 on March 27, 2012, at 3:43:39

> Lamictal is considered to be weight-neutral. That is, it does not usually cause weight gain or weight loss. Any weight loss would probably be due to a general trending towards one's baseline weight having discontinued a medication which resulted in weight gain.
> For example, I've lost the excess weight I gained on Zyprexa and Remeron and am back to my usual weight range, but that's not because I take Lamictal, but rather because I no longer take Zyprexa or Remeron.
> Your mileage my vary, but I would not be concerned about gaining weight on Lamictal. I would be more concerned about titrating your dose very slowly so as not to develop the dreaded rash.

For those few people, like me, who do see weight-gain on Lamictal, it is minor in degree. I gained ten pounds over the course of a six to eight week period. Most people never noticed. This effect plateaued early, whereupon my weight remained static. I lost the weight when I discontinued the Lamictal. At worst, you might gain a few pounds that are certainly able to be controlled through some minor changes in eating habits.

- Scott

Some see things as they are and ask why.
I dream of things that never were and ask why not.

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