As I am sure you can well imagine, in this ‘drug’ culture many a person who gains weight attributes a good deal of said packed on pounds to the pills that they are a poppin’. And yes, there is evidence that there are pills that do, indeed, cause weight gain. Some more than others.
Still, the question remains … Just how many pounds do you gain from pills? I did a bit of investigation, exploration and here’s what I found.
Allergy Drugs – Possible Body Weight Gain: 1% more or less
Antidepressants – Possible Body Weight Gain: 10% of more
Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI’s)
Tricyclics – Amitriptyline, Imipramine (Tofanil) – Possible Body Weight Gain: 5 to 10% or more
Blood Pressure Drugs – Possible Body Weight Gain: 1 to 4%
Diabetes drugs – Possible Body Weight Gain: 5 to 10% or more
Seizure and Nerve-Pain Drugs – Possible Body Weight Gain: 5 to 10%
Valproic Acid (Depakote)
Steroids – Possible Body Weight Gain: 7% or more
If your doctor is prescribing any drug, do ask about the side effects. And … If you are taking any of the aforementioned drugs, do ask your doctor about alternative medications that do not have the same weight gain side effect. Certainly, inquire and investigate as to what lifestyle changes you might make that will not only keep the weight off but lead you to a place where pills are no longer necessary.
I hope this was helpful and shed some ‘lite.’
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