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How do you keep from gaining weight on an antipsychotic?

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Talk to your doctor about potential weight gain before you start an antipsychotic. If you're already taking one, don't stop or take less without talking to your doctor. This could cause a relapse. Exercise and try to eat healthy meals (avoid high-fat, high-sugar foods). A nutritionist can help you pick the right foods. Counseling can help, too. Your doctor might also prescribe a medication like metformin to help with weight loss. You can also ask your doctor if you can switch to a drug with lower risk of weight gain.

SOURCES:

British Association of Psychopharmacology: “Antipsychotic Medication and Weight Gain.”

Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment : “Antipsychotic-associated weight gain: management strategies and impact on treatment adherence.”

Mayo Clinic: “Bipolar Medications and Weight Gain.”

National Alliance on Mental Illness: “Clozapine (Clozaril And FazaClo).”

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on April 14, 2020

SOURCES:

British Association of Psychopharmacology: “Antipsychotic Medication and Weight Gain.”

Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment : “Antipsychotic-associated weight gain: management strategies and impact on treatment adherence.”

Mayo Clinic: “Bipolar Medications and Weight Gain.”

National Alliance on Mental Illness: “Clozapine (Clozaril And FazaClo).”

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on April 14, 2020

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