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...
There are a variety of choices when it comes to birth control . One type of birth control is the use of hormonal contraception or "the Pill." You take the Pill orally, and when used correctly, it is up to 99.9% effective in preventing a pregnancy. The Pill (the patch and the vaginal ring) contain varying amounts of estrogen and progestin, which inhibit the normal cycles of hormones a woman has. This results in the egg not releasing from the ovary. Additionally, your cervical mucus will change, making it less optimal for the sperm to reach the egg. Hormonal contraception also can make the lining of the womb less hospitable to a fertilized egg implantation. A recent addition to oral contraception is the birth control pill, Seasonale , an extended-cycle pill. You take a hormone-containing pill daily for 12 weeks, and then take one week of inactive pills, allowing for a 7 day period. If you use Seasonale, you will menstruate four times d...
While many people gain weight during and after treatment for breast cancer, others lose weight. After surgery, many people find that they lose a few pounds. Side effects from chemotherapy such as vomiting or diarrhea also may cause you to lose weight. Weight loss can cause fatigue and can extend the time it takes for you to recover from treatment. Losing weight can also weaken your immune system and make you more susceptible to infections.
Assess your weight and then talk to your doctor about an ideal weight for you. Once you have set a goal, you may want to talk to a registered dietitian and develop a customized eating plan.
Some general guidelines for maintaining your body weight:
Try to eat small meals or snacks every 1 or 2 hours . Keep high-protein, high-calorie foods nearby, such as string cheese, crackers with peanut butter, hard-boiled eggs, energy bars, or individual packages of pudding or custard.
Try eating foods high in protein but low in fat . During breast cancer treatm...
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