Managing weight while taking Pizotifen

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I have been taking Pizotifen for about a month - has done WONDERS for my migraines - such a blessing but have gained a few kilos and have not been eating more, I gather this is not uncommon?? I have started an exercise regime to try and move some weight but not been very sucessful. Can anyone help? Please reply if you have managed to control your weight and share what you have done. I don't want to come off the meds becuase my life without them is not worth living but I have already put on a lot of weight being on antidepressants as well and really cant handle just getting fatter and fatter. Its sould destroying......

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    Yes, that’s one of the common side effects of this wonderful drug. It do help tremendously in migraine cases but also add few kilos so your doctor choose carefully, if you’re already overweight or towards high BMI. May be a reference to dietician would help, hun?
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    Hi Mitch - I have just seen your message about weight gain since being on Pizotifen.  I started taking Pizotifen since February and agree, like you, they've been a god send however, I have gained soo much weight around my middle area and I don't know how to shift it.  I am eating so heavily but the waist and the area just above is just getting bigger and bigger. I'm getting really worried - as it is, I've gone from a size 18 dress to a size 20 in a matter of a few months.  I could come off them but as you say, I don't want to stop taking them as I suffer from migraines and hemiplegic migraines which are terrifying - especially if you're out on your own with nobody with you.  Hopefully, by typing this message, we might get others to respond and help us both as I'm at the end of my tether.  As it is I'm doing 100 sit ups every night but I'm just getting bigger.  sad    Can someone out there help us with some tips and ideas.  Thanks


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      Hey Lilly

      Thanks for your comments. Yes very frustrating. I am gluten free and eat very little sugar and dairy - and do not eat any cakes or biscuits or chips or drink alcohol - so eat a very healthy diet anyways and still put on weight initially (around 3-4 kilos). I exercise regularly doing yoga, walking and weights as well!! Very depressing. I have managed to keep my weight stable in the last couple of weeks by reducing my meal portion sizes on top of everything else as I have noticed that I am hardly ever full after a meal so am tempted to eat more. I have accepted that this is just how it has to be if I don't want to get bigger.

      Like you, I am not prepared to go back to having migraines just about every day. That is just existing - not living.

      Am going to see a specialist naturopath soon so will let you know how I get on. See if she has any answers for us!


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