They can lower your metabolism. If you didn’t have much of an appetite before, you may feel hungrier and want to eat more. You might crave sweet and fatty foods. You could have some, all, or none of these side effects. It’s different for everyone. Here’s what you need to know.
Drugs With Weight Gain as a Side Effect
- Carbamazepine (Epitol, Equetro, Tegretol, others)
- Divalproex sodium, valproate sodium, valproic acid, (Depacon, Depakene, Depakote, Depakote ER, Stavzor)
- Asenapine (Saphris)
- Chlorpromazine (Thorazine)
- Clozapine (Clozaril, Versacloz)
- Haloperidol (Haldol, Haldol Decanoate, Haloperidol LA, Peridol)
- Olanzapine (Zyprexa, Zyprexa Relprevv, Zyprexa Zydis)
- Paliperidone (Invega, Invega Sustenna, Invega Trinza)
- Quetiapine (Seroquel, Seroquel XR)
- Risperidone (Risperdal, Risperdal Consta, Risperdal M-Tab, Perseris)
Other Reasons for Weight Gain
What You Can Do
You can’t control the side effects of medication, but you can talk to your doctor about switching to something else. They include:
Anti-obesity medication could be another option in the future. Researchers need to learn more about how they affect people with bipolar disorder. This is important since people with the condition are likely to be obese (BMI of 30 or more).
Other Ways to Manage Weight Gain
Make exercise a part of your day. You don’t have to work out for a long time. Aim for 30 minutes 3-5 days a week.