I am currently struggling with weight gain. I am 5’10" and had started out at around 155 lbs. 5 years ago. I was originally diagnosed as bipolar and put on meds for it. I gained about 80 lbs. My meds were changed when I was diagnosed as schizoaffective two years later, and I lost 90 lbs. My meds were changed again about a year after that, and I gained 100 lbs. I then had my meds changed again, and my weight went down to 154 lbs. I had maintained the 154 for almost a year and was very happy with myself. Now I’ve had med changes, and wouldn’t you know it, I’m gaining weight. In the past 4 months, I have gone up 20 lbs. It is just depressing. It really takes a toll on the body. I can’t find where I put my old clothes, so I am going to have to buy a new wardrobe- again.
In the past, Topamax has helped me. I am on it now, though, and it isn’t doing anything. I believe it has a positive effect overall when my antipsychotics and antidepressants aren’t combating it’s influence. I take it for chronic migraines.