Some medications used to treat bipolar disorder can increase your appetite or cause changes in metabolism leading to weight gain.
Bipolar disorder can be treated with a number of medications. Some of these medications can increase your appetite or cause changes in metabolism leading to weight gain.
Whether a certain medication will cause weight gain or other side effects varies from person to person. Also, how well the medication works to treat bipolar disorder symptoms differs among individuals. Because of this, finding the medications that best treat your symptoms may require some trial and error.
Medications for bipolar disorder include mood stabilizers, antipsychotics and antidepressants.
Some of these medications may be less likely to cause weight gain when taken alone, but many people need more than one medication to control bipolar symptoms. Some weight gain may be inevitable when taking medications for bipolar disorder.
If weight gain is an issue, ask your psychiatric care professional for advice on strategies to manage it. Healthy eating, keeping physically active and getting psychological counseling (psychotherapy) can all help.
Continue to work with your psychiatric care professional to find the best way to keep your bipolar symptoms and your weight under control.