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I have schizoaffective disorder and when not properly medicated I have delusions and hallucinations both audio and visual. I have been placed on Seroquel and Depake for about a year and I have gained over 100 pounds. my question is do those drugs make you hungry or mess with your metabolism and what would you suggest I try pharmaceutically to replace the seroquel and deoakote, Is there another combination of medicines that have the same effectiveness with out affecting my weight. I have not changed any thing about my life like what I eat and my activity level and stayed steady at 160 pouns (i am a six foot female) for the last 20 years before my meds changed and then I was gaining a steady 10 pounds a month
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Hello and thank you for using JustAnswer. I am very sorry that you have had this level of weight gain with your medications. You can try to switch off the Seroquel and Depakote with Geodon and Lamictal. Geodon is an effective anitpsychotic medication and mood stabilizer that will not cause weight gain. And Lamictal, while not as strong as the Depakote, can still be very effective as a mood stabilizer and will also not cause weight gain. I would recommend talking to your doctor about these medications to see if they work for you. Also in some cases adding Topamax to your current regimen can promote weight loss, so that can be an option as well.

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Please let me know if you have any other questions or concerns as I would be happy to continue assisting you regarding this issue.

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