Ever wonder if the medications you or your patients are taking may be contributing to weight gain?

A fantastic narrative review was recently published by Wharton and colleagues that discusses medications available in Canada that cause weight gain, with alternatives that can be considered.

The article includes detailed tables reviewing the effect on weight of medications including:

  • antidepressants
  • diabetes treatments
  • antipsychotic medications
  • blood pressure lowering medications
  • corticosteroids

As a patient or as a health care provider, you may be surprised at the long lists in each of these tables, and also by some of the medications that cause weight gain.  While it is well known that some diabetes medications cause weight gain, you may be surprised to learn that most beta blockers are associated with weight gain, ACE inhibitors are generally associated with weight loss, and angiotensin II receptor blockers (ARBs) have variable effects.

The article is free to download in its entirety, and a must-read for any Canadian health care professional with patients who struggle with weight in their practice (in other words, just about every health care provider!).


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