Weight gain from medication

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Weight gain from medication

Some drugs can increase body weight:

The drugs stimulate the appetite. Affected people are then more hungry.

However, the drugs can also slow down the metabolism. Therefore, affected people are increasing.

Info: Sometimes a disease causes obesity. These diseases include, for example:

  • Type 2 diabetes
  • depressions
  • high blood pressure

What drugs increase weight

Some medications can increase body weight. For example, the following have an effect on body weight:

1. Antidiabetic drugs

2. Psychotropic drugs

3. Beta blockers

1. Antidiabetic drugs are drugs against diabetes. Some of these drugs can make you fat. These include, for example:

  • Glibenclamide
  • insulin

However, some antidiabetic drugs have no effect on body weight. These include, for example:

  • Metformin
  • Exenatide

Some antidiabetic drugs reduce body weight. These include, for example:

  • Liraglutide
  • Dapagliflozin

2. Psychotropic drugs have an effect on the psyche. These drugs help against depression, for example. Some of these drugs can make you fat. These include, for example:

  • Amtriptyline
  • Fluoxetine
  • Citalopram
  • Sertraline

3. Beta blockers are medicines for high blood pressure. That means: Beta blockers lower blood pressure. Some beta blockers can make you fat. These include, for example:

  • Metoprolol
  • Bisoprolol

Some beta blockers do not affect body weight. These include, for example:

  • ACE inhibitors
  • Diuretics

Note: Are you taking any medication? And your body weight is changing? Then talk to your doctor or pharmacist. Maybe you can switch drugs.

How can you avoid weight gain from medication?

Do you want to avoid gaining weight from medication?

Then there are a few things you can do:

  • Move around a lot. For example, go for a walk.
  • Change your diet. Your doctor can help you with this.
  • Talk to your pharmacist. Your pharmacist will check the medication for possible side effects. And your pharmacist will check your medication for possible interactions. Your doctor may then be able to give you a different medication.

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Note: This text contains only general information. Would you like to take medication? Then always talk to your doctor or pharmacist beforehand. And read the package insert for your medication. Only then should you take the drug.

We wrote the texts together with the Light Language Research Center. The light language research center is at the University of Hildesheim.