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Re: Katia and Patricia--a good book Ponder

Posted by katia on August 24, 2003, at 17:11:37

In reply to Re: Katia and Patricia--a good book katia, posted by Ponder on August 24, 2003, at 11:42:21

> >
> > Thanks Katy,
> > I'll check it out. I've read one called "Bipolar Disorder" A guide for patients and families.
> >
> > it helped some.
> > k.
> I, too, found Bipolar Disorder: A Guide for Patients and Familes to be an excellent book, but was frustrated with the authors failing to list weight gain as a side effect of medications that are notorious for it. Weight gain poses a grave threat to anyone's health, and yet the propensity for it that psych drugs endow is rarely discussed openly by professionals. There is stuff in the medical journals on it, but in a book like this one--both credible, fairly comprehensive, and well-written--you'd expect to see the issue addressed.
> With Depakote, he mentioned that he had heard of some weight gain with the drug, but had not seen it in his practice. Is there anyone on this board who did NOT gain weight with Depakote?

I actually am on my second week of Depakote at 500mg a day. I definitely have not lost weight and I don't have a scale, but I think I may be gaining weight. I've been really good about not overeating and getting exercise, but my clothes are tight! And so, it's not due to overeating. My period also just started so it could've been that. But I'm defin. not losing weight and I've already maxed out my average range of weight. I feel a bit heavy. I just hope that the weight gain doesn't happen!
How about you? Did you take Dep.? and gain weight? I've heard of a couple of people who took dep. and did not gain weight.





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