Has anyone had a problem with a seizure medicine causing irreversible weight gain? My daughter was a thin child, who took Tegretol for seizures, and gained a large amount of weight in a short time. We stopped the medication, but the weight did not reduce.
I too took Tegretol and gained weight (35 lbs in 3 wks). I thought I would never lose it but after my body became used to the drug, this took about 6 months, I was able to lose the weight quit quickly with an easy walking plan. It only took about about a month. In the end it was the only medication that would stop 4 of my 11 seizures so in my opinion --the wait was worth it. Good Luck
I gained about twenty pounds on Trileptal, (a very similar drug), in just a month, and now I am also switching to Zonegran. I'm still in the process of raising my dose, but thrilled that it's working well for your daughter!
Zonegran is awesome! It really has worked great for my daugther with little to no side effects. Initially, there was some problems with being a little sleepy during the morning, but that wore off. It also did cause some appetite suppression in the morning, but that wore off too.
I hope you find the right dosage and it works well for you too.
Were you able to lose the weight you gained off of the Trileptal?
I am just afraid that since my daugther was a toddler when she gained the weight, that something got "triggered" that has not stopped. She just cannot lose that weight she gained... oh well.
I haven't yet lost the weight I gained from Trileptal. In fact, my weight hasn't much changed at all in the weeks since I've stopped taking it. I would certainly like to loose the weight I gained while taking it though. I sure hope to very soon. It seems that many anti-epileptics cause weight gain, and other side effects.
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