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Obesity has become a serious issue in the United State that has garnered a lot of recent attention. There have been discussions on fast food and ads geared towards children. There have been discussions on portion size with New York City outlawing sugary beverages over a certain size. However, the one discussion that seems to be lacking is medications that cause weight gain are typically used for treatments of obesity. That’s right! Conditions like diabetes, high blood pressure and depression have medications that cause weight gain. Here are the 13 most common offenders.
Zyprexa is considered an antipsychotic and is used for the treatment of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. This drug can increase a person’s body weight by as much as 7 over a year and a half period. The patient may want to talk to their doctor and consider switching to Abilify or Geodon
Depakote is used to treat several common conditions, including migraines, seizures and bipolar disorders. Over a year period, a significant percentage of patients have reported a weight gain of more than 10 pounds. This weight gain is almost twice as likely in women.
Deltasone is an oral corticosteroids used to treat asthma and Irritable Bowel Syndrome that can pack on a lot of extra weight. This is an oral steroid and some patients have reported weight gain of up to 80% of their original body weight.
People with depression might be prescribed Remeron. This type of drug is normally thought to lead to weight loss. However, this particular drug has an antihistamine effect that might lead to weight gain. If a person experiences weight gains, they might seek an alternate drug therapy.
The antihistamines in most allergy medications like Allegra are fexofenadine and pseudoephrine. These drugs can block the brains ability to regulate appetite causing the patient to overeat and gain weight. Recent studies have shown that people taking these allergy medications are almost twice as likely to be overweight.
Paxil is typically used to treat depression and has had excellent results in treating anxiety disorders. However, it can increase a patients weight unlike most other antidepressant treatments. If a person experiences weight gains, they should ask to be switched to another drug like Prozac or Zoloft.
First brought to the marketplace in 1954, Thorazine is an antipsychotic that immediately showed signs of causing weight gain. This drug has antihistamine activity that causes an increased appetite and causes a lack of activity.
Elavil is a tricyclic antidepressant that causes weight gain more than any of the other drugs treating depression. It can also be used in low doses to treat migraines. This medication is rarely prescribed because of heart damage associated with overdose. If a patient is taking it and notices weight gain, they should discuss switching to a different medication.
Prozac is commonly used to treat depression. Initial usage results in weight loss, however, over a longer period of time it can cause weight gain. This weight gain begins to occur after about 30 weeks. A suitable alternative that does not typically cause weight gain would be Wellbutrin.
10.) Diabinese and Insulase
Diabinese and Insulase are commonly used to treat type 2 Diabetes. While some drugs used to treat diabetes can cause weight loss, these two do not due to the chlorpropamide in them. This drug can increase insulin production and increase appetite.
Diabetics have to take insulin to regulate their blood sugar levels. Insulin is shown to cause weight gain in most patients. Over a three-year period, most patients report gaining 11 pounds with half of that weight gained in the first three months.
12.) Birth Control
Birth control pills are believed to cause weight gain by most women. However, medical studies have only linked the weight gain to long-term depot medroxyprogesterone acetate that is injected.
Tenormin is typically used to combat high blood pressure with its beta-blockers. The weight gain of up to 5 pounds in some usually occurs in the first three months. This is one of the original drug treatments for high blood pressure, so patients experiencing weight gain should talk to their doctors about switching to a newer drug without that side effect.