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Unread 05-02-2012, 10:07 PM   #1
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Question neurontin and weight gain

I have a question, will neurontin cause weight gain,
Or better yet keep the weight on?

I have been on it for 4 years, I also take celebrex. levoxil, for graves desease,
Metropolo lisonpril and hydroclorthysde for hbp.
Celexa and triliptal for biploar issues. 82% asprin.
Prilosec,
I use alovera juice, probiotics for colitis,and a fiber tablet,
yikes.

I have gained over 60 pounds and can not get it off, even sticking to a 1200 Cal diet.
My doc is good about this and said at least I am holding, I am up to 253 pounds. I know this should probably be in the weight control post but I have seen reference to some of of of these drugs causing this.
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Unread 05-03-2012, 03:59 AM   #2
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I have a question, will neurontin cause weight gain,
Or better yet keep the weight on?

I have been on it for 4 years, I also take celebrex. levoxil, for graves desease,
Metropolo lisonpril and hydroclorthysde for hbp.
Celexa and triliptal for biploar issues. 82% asprin.
Prilosec,
I use alovera juice, probiotics for colitis,and a fiber tablet,
yikes.

I have gained over 60 pounds and can not get it off, even sticking to a 1200 Cal diet.
My doc is good about this and said at least I am holding, I am up to 253 pounds. I know this should probably be in the weight control post but I have seen reference to some of of of these drugs causing this.
At my Witt's end
Lynda
Lynda,

I did not have the problem with neurontin, which I took for years at high doses, but I did terrible with lyrica. I believe these medications are somewhat along the same line and do have weight gain issues. I also like you have had a large weight gain almost 70lbs and it has stuck like glue. I took lyrica back in 2006 and lost the weight after I stoppped taking it. It took a long time to take some of the 70lbs off. To be far to that type of medication I am older now, I was 50 in Nov 11, my life has changed completely in the past 9 years with my injury so I find it very hard to keep it off. I do have to keep to a excercise routine or forget I will be the goodyear blimp. So to sum up I think yes the lyrica did comtributed to the weight gain and I believe changed my body somehow. I know longer take lyrica or neurontin and haven't for over 3 years.

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Unread 05-03-2012, 06:24 AM   #3
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When I started Lyrica, I gained 20 lbs. Over the course of the year I lost half that once I was more active and back to work. Then I was put on neurontin and gained 20 more. I have not been able to lose that yet but I am hopeful that once I return to work that I will be able to get SOME of it off. I have changed my diet and am eating much healthier but it has made no difference in my weight.

I think a bigger issue for those of us with RSD is that many of us just aren't active enough. I am more active now that I was the past year but until I get back to work I won't be at anywhere near the activity level I was at prior to the weight gain. I also think Gabby is right that there may be some fundamental change to our bodies. I never had weight issues before I started taking the Lyrica and I could eat whatever I wanted and never exercise. That certainly has changed...but so has so much in my life because of RSD and I don't know the cause. But I DO know that almost immediately after starting the two different drugs I gained the weight within a couple weeks. And being 30 lbs heavier now than I ever have been in my life has caused a number of other issues for me physically too.
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I think a bigger issue for those of us with RSD is that many of us just aren't active enough. I am more active now that I was the past year but until I get back to work I won't be at anywhere near the activity level I was at prior to the weight gain.
I agree with this. I think it is difficult to blame neurontin directly as many other things are in play with weight gain, much less what this condition can do to your body metabolism, etc. And activity level is definitely one of the things that goes down with most people with CRPS.

I've seen other drugs blamed for weight gain as well. Weight gain is a common byproduct of CRPS. But research as to actual clinical proof of medication causing it is slim to non-existent and as they say...."your results may vary".

I am on a high dosage of neurontin and I actually I weigh 15 pounds less now than I did before I developed CRPS.
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I have found that the only way to maintain my weight is to eat under 100g of carbs per day, and under 50g I tend to lose weight. I can eat significantly more in calories, so long as it's whole foods.

If you haven't looked at Dr. Hooshmand's 4 F's diet for RSD, it is something to try. I find it's made a major difference in my energy level and stomach pain. I'm also a fan of Marksdailyapple.com which is a Paleo food plan. I've written about it at length previously, but if you'd like more info, please let me know.
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I was on neurontin for awhile and where i did not gain in pounds it made me bloat like crazy but i maintained 250 lbs. now why i mean by bloat. I went from a size 38 waist to a size 44 in a week. now when I stopped taking it i went right back down to 38in.waist. actually went down to 36. but when I started lyrics. wow. I am a size 42 now and I just weighed in at 325. I've only been on lyrica for 6 months. I believe these are different for each person. why not as we are all different so our reactions will be as well. good luck
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ive been on nuerontin for 17 yrs.and i have gained 40 pounds and cannot get it off.i ride a bike 8 miles a day ,workout the best i can eat pretty good.but i stay bloated up all the time .i would love 2 come off but i cant cause of nerve damage in foot,i cant deal with it without the meds.
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