Drugs That Cause Weight Gain

Even though, medications are among the lesser known causes of overweight, they are still stated as one among the important reasons of weight gain among people. To solve this issue caused by certain medications, it is recommended that people should consult their doctor to prescribe an alternative medicine that will not promote weight gain. If you find that different steps you are taking towards losing weight is going vein, this is the right time to check the medications that you are taking for some other health issue. Here are the details about some medicines that can cause weight gain. However, this is not a complete list. You can just get in touch with your pharmacist to find whether your drug is causing the weight gain, if your medicine is not present in the following list:

Anti-diabetic medications:

Insulin generally causes fall in the blood sugar level and this will result in stimulation of appetite. This in turn will make you eat more resulting in weight gain.

• Drugs that work towards the release of insulin like glyclazide, glipizide, glimepiride and other medicines falling under sulfonylureas and thiazolidinediones can act on brain to increase weight.

However, Metformin is a medication suggested for diabetic patients with overweight issue as this medicine does not increase insulin release. On the other hand, it works towards bringing down the resistance of tissues to the effects of insulin.

Medications suggested for lowering blood pressure:

Beta blockers like metaprolol and atenolol slow down the rate of metabolism and utilization of nutrients, thereby resulting in weight gain. Hypertension and obesity contribute towards metabolic syndrome and this can worsen the situation. However, the newer beta blockers can be the best alternatives as they are not that much associated with weight gain.

Medications for inflammation:

Drugs with anti-inflammatory properties can lead to increase in fat content. Oral Corticosteroids recommended for inflammation when taken on a long-term basis can cause weight gain. These medicines make weight gain happen through different mechanisms. They stimulate appetite, bring about fluid retention and they also play a major role towards fat deposition in abdominal area when taken on a long-term basis.

Medicines for allergy:

Generally, drugs prescribed for allergy can contribute towards weight gain by blocking the chemical known as histamine in the brain. These medicines can cause people lethargic, thereby resulting in weight gain. Medicines for allergy like antihistamines are available Over-The-Counter and people take them without knowing their effect towards weight gain.

Anti-epileptic drugs:

Generally patients with epileptic disorders, bipolar disorders and migraine are suggested with sodium valproate as the remedy. These medicines bring about an increase in the weight by increasing the appetite.

In addition to the above-mentioned drugs, Anti-psychotic medications, antidepressants and medications suggested for bipolar disorder and injectable contraceptives can also cause weight gain. Different medications contribute in different ways towards weight gain. This is why it is suggested that people, who experience continuous weight gain even after trying out different methods to bring it down, will have to check whether the medications they take for any of the conditions mentioned above is the contributing factor.

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