The Link Between Medication & Weight Gain

The Link Between Medication & Weight Gain

When most people talk about weight gain the conversation usually revolve around lifestyle factors.

Eating too many calories, drinking alcohol, not exercising enough and the list goes on…

However, one common reason making people fat is the use of common drugs.

Fat Gain & Medication

The current statistics show up to 15% of weight issues are caused by medication. This is three times more than genetic factors.

Some drugs increase appetite and others impair the bodies ability to burn calories. Some drugs make us store excess fluid and make us look puffy.

A Reference Guide

Over the counter drugs such as anti-histamines are known to cause weight gain.

  • Zyrtec
  • Claritin
  • Benadryl
  • Allegra

Drugs that act on chemicals that control appetite and how we break down calories:

  • Prozac
  • Zoloft

Mood stabilisers that cause appetite to turn on such as:

  • Lithobid
  • Seroquel
  • Insulin

Corticosteroids such as prednisolone and drugs that treat seizures and migraines:

  • Amitriptyline
  • Valprocic acid
  • Beta-blockers including propranolol

Antibiotics & Fat Gain

Antibiotics have been known for decades to dramatically increase the weight of livestock. The reason why is unknown, disturbingly, they continue to be widely used in meat production.

We know certain antibiotics damage gut bacteria in humans. Now researchers are looking into whether antibiotics cause weight gain in human beings from direct use or via consuming meat.

Talk With Your Doctor

Firstly, next time you notice yourself gaining weight, check your medicine cabinet and ask your doctor about your options.

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David L. Edwards is an author, herbalist, acupuncturist and personal trainer. He is the author of The Body Fat Formula and The Pocketbook guide to Chinese medicine and painless cures. David is the director of Barefoot Health and Wellness programs in Melbourne.

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