Is anyone on a mood stabilizer that does not cause any weight gain or just a little and has had good results in treating depression, anxiety and bipolar?
I appreciate any information.
Mood stabilizers are a very broad category. They include antipsychotics as well as anticonvulsants among other drugs. Any drug you take will cause less weight gain than Zyprexa.
Some mood stabilizers that tend to have little or no weight gain commonly associated with them are drugs like Lamictal, Topamax, Saphris, Geodon, Abilify. There are also other anticonvulsants like Carbamazepine, OxCarbamazepine, Lithium, Valproic Acid, and antipsychotics like, Seroquel or Risperdal both have still reasonably high weight gain but not nearly as much as Zyprexa. Those are some options to ask your doctor about, instead of taking Zyprexa.
Weight gain as a side effect isn't no big deal like most doctors would have you believe. Weight gain often means obesity or as very often the case of drugs like Zyprexa, morbid obesity. All of the increased risks of diseases, like heart disease, stroke, diabetes type II, cancer and more that you hear by heart and stroke, cancer societies, government health agencies regarding obesity are what the side effect "weight gain" should really be seen as.
Weight gain in many cases is a serious side effect and doctors have a responsibility to see it as such, as the serious health implications that they have for their patients when it comes to chosing medication, especially when alternatives are readily available in 2016.