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Fat Pills – Packing on the pounds?

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
Cetiriine (Zyrtec)
Diphenhydramine (Benadryl)
Fexofenadine (Allegra)
Hydroxyzine (Vistaril)
Antidepressants – Possible Body Weight Gain: 10% of more
Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI’s)
Fluoxentine (Prozac)
Paroxetine (Paxil)
Tricyclics – Amitriptyline, Imipramine (Tofanil) – Possible Body Weight Gain: 5 to 10% or more
Blood Pressure Drugs – Possible Body Weight Gain: 1 to 4%

Prazosin (Minipress)
Terazosin (Hytrin)
Atenolol (Tenormin)
Propranolol (Inderal)
Diabetes drugs – Possible Body Weight Gain: 5 to 10% or more
Chlorpropaminde (Diabinese)
Glyburide (Glynase)
Pioglitazone (Actos)
Resiglitazone (Avandia)
Seizure and Nerve-Pain Drugs – Possible Body Weight Gain: 5 to 10%
Gabapentin (Neurontin)
Pregabalin (Lyrica)
Valproic Acid (Depakote)
Steroids – Possible Body Weight Gain: 7% or more
Cortisone (Cortone)
Dexamethasone (Decadron)
Hydrocortisone (Cortef)
Prednisone (Deltasone)
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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  • Marian

    Recent released studies state that Cymbalta & a few other antidepressants can cause 100+ pound weight gains due to unsatisfiable hunger & sugar cravings – I packed on 43 lbs & have stopped taking it.
    The ironic thing is that it’s being used for pain managment along with depression -packing on the weight puts more pressure on your joints causing more pain & gaining more weight cause the depression to get significantly worse.

  • Your Name

    Thankfully I’m on an antidepressant that doesn’t put weight on. I haven’t noticed any weight gain from allergy meds even though I need them during the spring (although a 1% weight gain is what–1 to 2 pounds for most people? pretty unnoticeable!)
    One thing that really packs weight on is anti-psychotics. Think Seroquel. I have friends who have gained 50 plus pounds. And no you don’t have to be psychotic or schizophrenic to take them, just unresponsive to regular antidepressants alone…

  • Amanda

    Since I started taking Lexapro, an SSRI, 2 years ago, I have packed on 40 pounds!!! My doctor has argued that it’s because I’m pre-diabetic, but I wasn’t anywhere near pre-diabetic before I started this medication. It started a vicious cycle! All my joints hurt as a result of this fat, so I’m just not active. Clothes don’t fit well, so I feel ugly and am less social. I stay home more, watching movies or reading, and snacking happens! When I reduce my dosage, or stop taking it for a day, I get bad physical responses. This sucks so bad! I know it helped my depression initially, but in the long run, it has not been worth it. My advice to anyone contemplating starting an anti-depressant is to try any and all natural remedies first. Once you’re on this ride, there may not be a way off-

  • Ann Gullberg

    I have a seizure disorder and was doing fine on phenobarbitol. The doctor however, thought it was bad for me to be addicted to phenobarb. I was sent to a neurologist who put me on Depakot.. 9 months and 80 pounds later, I told them to put me back on the phenobarb. Who cares if I am “addicted” I have to take it the rest of my life and I do no take more than I am told… Beware of drugs that pack on the pounds.. The Depakot made me so tired, I didn’t want to do anything-I even had a hard time getting up to go to work.. Please know what you are taking….

  • qiangqiang

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  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment M

    I have personally gained weight and have had a ton of trouble losing weight from taking Seroquel and Abilify. It’s so frustrating! I have been on several diets and spent a ton of money with little to no results. My doctor has come to conclusion it is my meds that we are fighting against.
    My question is : Is there any hope at all? I need to lose 50 pounds in no real time frame, just as long as I lose it. I thought about upping my work outs to see if that would help. My only choices can’t be either crazy or fat! There has GOT to be an answer and a way to happiness for me. I know I can’t be the only one experiencing this.

    • Janice Taylor, Editor

      There is always hope!!! One step at a time. Keep adding health to your life; every day something new! Think about that … instead of taking away foods, feeling deprived, TRYING … just focus on adding health and happiness to your life. What can you add today that will make you feel better and get your upward spiral in motion?

  • NeLi

    Ty I’m going to change my diet, maybe do a liltte bit of sit ups ( for abbs), and try out for football to put on more weight and muscle and to speed up my metabolism to consume more healthy calories, can you tell me if this sounds like a good plan? Thnx, o ya are fish oil vitamins good for gaining healthy weight?

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