Weight gain by Medications

Weight gain by Medications

Certain medications may cause weight gain. These act by increasing appetite or by fluid retention.

  • Prolonged Oral steroids intake, prescribed for some chronic ailments cause weight gain. These increase appetite and also cause fluid retention.
  • Many antidepressants also increase one’s appetite.
  • Some antihistamines increase one’s craving for sweets and thus help in weight gain.
  • Oral contraceptives
  • Drugs prescribed for Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT)
  • Lithium used for manic bipolar disorders
  • Breast cancer medicines
  • Beta blockers
  • Anti-seizure medicines

Not all people using these drugs gain weight. The same drug may cause weight gain for some people and weight loss for other people.



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