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QUESTION: Hello, I have congestive heart failure. I am taking meny medications to help control it. I also have schizoaffective disorder and meny of the medication I am on have caused allot of weight gain over the past few years. I started gaining weight 5 or 6 years ago when I was put on antipsychotics with I need. I can't do very much exercise because of the congestive heart failure. I am 5'8 28 years old 301lbs. I have medicare and the AARP enhanced plan (PDP)

ANSWER: Hi,

 I am uncertain what medications Medicare and AARP cover.  There are certain antipsychotics that are more likely to cause weight gain than others. If you are unable to exercise because of the congestive heart failure, then I would talk to a physician about eating healthier to lose weight.  Weighing 301 lbs at 5'8 is being obese, and it may be exacerbating the signs or symptoms of schizoaffective disorder and congestive heart failure.  Your medications might work better if you were closer to a normal weight for your age, gender, and height.

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QUESTION: Thank you for you're reply. I have talked to my doctor about eating better. But can you give me a list og posable medications that might make me loose weight, so I can reseach them and talk to my doctor about them?

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Hi,

 I am glad you have talked to your doctor about eating better.  There is a drug called Alli, that might help you lose weight.  However, there are certain antipsychotics that are more likely to cause weight gain than others.  Clozapine and olanzapine are more likely to cause weight gain than other medications in this drug class.  Perhaps your MD could prescribe a different antipsychotic.  

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Being a pharmacist, I can answer questions on medications. This includes how drugs work in the body, drug interactions, drug side effects, warnings and precautions to take when using certain medications, dosage forms and strengths, management of overdosing, storage of medications, drug administration, contraindications, and drug indications. I am able to guide them on lab work that needs to be drawn and monitored while on certain medications. I am able to help patients save money when purchasing medications by directing them to cost-effective therapies. I am able to answer questions on federal laws governing pharmacy practice in the United States. I am unable to answer questions legally as if I am diagnosing the patient's disease or illness. For example, if a patient stated he had upper flank pain, I am unable to say he definitely has a urinary tract infection. However, I am able to direct the patient to the correct next step, which is to call his physician with such a side effect.

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I have been a licensed pharmacist since 2007, holding licenses in CT and MA. I have a PHARM.D from an accelerated pharmacy school program. Currently, I work at the Hebrew Home and Hospital in West Hartford, CT as a pharmacist. I am a well-rounded pharmacist, with experience in long-term care, IV home infusion, retail, hospital, and hospice. I serve as the pharmacy unit coordinator for Mass Dispensing Area #31 in CT, where I am called upon as a volunteer pharmacist in case of public emergencies, such as anthrax threats. I helped run the swine flu vaccine clinic in 2009. I am on the Editorial Advisory Board for Pharmacy Today, a publication of the American Pharmacists Association. My position on the board runs for three years. Every month I make suggestions and offer ideas that would help improve the magazine. I have undergone extra training to administer vaccines to patients, which is training that only a certain percentage of registered pharmacists in the country have.

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Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Worcester, MA- PHARM.D 2007 University of California, Irvine- BA psychology 2001 cum laude

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