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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...
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...
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