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Updated 05 March 2013

Medication can cause weight gain

It is unfortunate that a great number of essential medications can stimulate the appetite and then lead to weight gain, writes DietDoc.

Medication can potentially cause weight gain via two routes, namely either through stimulation of the appetite so that the patient tends to eat more food,or due to changes in blood glucose levels. In this article we will first consider those food-drug interactions that may stimulate the appetite thus leading to an increase in body weight.

  • Psychotropics (e.g. benzodiazepines, and other anti-anxiety drugs)
  • Typical and atypical antipsychotics (e.g. haloperidol or risperidone)
  • Tricyclic antidepressants (e.g. amitriptyline), MAOI antidepressants (e.g. isocarboxazide), and other antidepressants (e.g. paroxetine)
  • Anticonvulsants (e.g. valproic acid)
  • Hormones including human growth hormone, corticosteroids, and human reproductive hormones (progesterone or testosterone)

(Mahan LK et al, 2011).


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