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Almost everyone who takes antidepressants gains at least 15 pounds. Add mood stabilizers to the mix of medications and weight can shoot up by 75 pounds or more. This is not a new side effect. Patients and their psychiatrists have been dealing with this unpleasant, unwanted and unneeded side effect for a decade or more. Yet a scan of articles about weight gain reveals pitifully little information on how to lose the weight. Stopping the medication is not an option, although oftentimes weight is lost quite rapidly when medication is not longer required.
The weight-loss advice given in medical articles and physician offices is no different than advice given to anyone who has to lose weight regardless of what caused it to be gained: Stop eating junk food, eat more vegetables and fish, eat less red meat, drink water, and exercise.
One of my clients told me the following story. "My therapist gave me a diet sheet that looked like something his mother might have followed 40...
Weight gain has long been recognized as a common and unwelcome side effect of many medications. Last week, Duff Wilson of the New York Times, reported the findings of a recent study showing alarming rates of weight gain in children and adolescents who take some of the most popular ‘new generation' drugs for schizophrenia or bipolar disorder.
The study, published in The Journal of the American Medical Association, found that 257 children and adolescents in New York City and on Long Island, gained up to 15 percent of body weight in just 12 weeks after taking the medication. Dr. Christopher Varley, a child psychiatrist is reported as saying kids on Zyprexa "are gaining a pound and a half a week."
The four drugs in the study were Zyprexa, Ablify, Seroquel and Risperdal. Of these, Ablify and Risperdal are the only two drugs approved as pediatric treatments. Ablify showed the least effect, although this is regarded as a weaker drug. Zyprexa showed the most marked metabol...
A particularly frustrating problem for many fibromyalgia patients is the tendency to gain weight. We eat less but notice little, if any, difference. And it’s difficult to exercise more because of the pain. According to Mark Pellegrino, MD, in his book Fibromyalgia: Up Close and Personal , it’s not unusual for someone to gain 25 – 30 pounds the first year after developing fibromyalgia. The Link Between FM and Weight Gain Why does fibromyalgia trigger weight gain in so many people? There are a number of contributing factors: Lack of Sleep. One of the primary symptoms of FM is the inability to get the deep, stage 4 restorative sleep we need. Recent studies have shown that people who do not get adequate amounts of sleep are more likely to gain weight. Lack of sleep causes a reduction metabolism and an increase in appetite, particularly a craving for high-carb and high-sugar foods. Neuroendocrine Abnormalities. ...
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