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Re: Does lamictal cause weight gain?

Posted by leslieg on April 3, 2012, at 0:38:51

In reply to Re: Does lamictal cause weight gain? papillon2, posted by SLS on March 27, 2012, at 6:19:21

> > 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.
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> > 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.
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> > 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.
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> 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.
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> - Scott
Same here. 10 pounds in less than 2 months. I blame it on a sort of apathy that Lamictal gives me -- I compare it to being a teenager again. I'd rather sit than go to the grocery store, thank you anyway. Lamictal is mentally stimulating for me -- I can only take it in the am. (Yes, I sit and think about what I *should* be doing, if I felt like actually doing anything.) Finally getting that under control by adding a tiny amount of Tegretol. I have a CPAP too; I'm overweight AND I often use sleep aides due to night-time anxiety. Sigh.
Very cool Lamictal anecdote: my musical abilities increased. Read in Oliver Sack's (sp?) Musicophelia another case of increased ability w/ Lamictal (hers was more pronounced than mine.) The brain is such a fascinating and fragile place ...
Leslie


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