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Medications That Can Cause Weight Gain

If you’re on any medications right now and find that you’re gaining weight even with a healthy diet and exercise you’re going to want to read this post. There are certain medications which are notorious for causing weight gain that your doctor may not have shared with you.

The good news is there are some alternatives for most medications that are “weight neutral” you can request from your physician. Read more to find out the most common prescription medications that cause weight gain.

The top ten medication types that cause weight gain.

Here is a list of the most common classes of prescriptions that have been shown to be related to weight gain.

  1. Depression medications
  2. Mood disorder medications
  3. Seizure medications
  4. Migraine medications
  5. Diabetes medications
  6. High blood pressure medications
  7. Steroidal (anti-inflammatory) medications
  8. Hormone replacement medications
  9. Oral contraceptive medications
  10. Acid reflux medications

Listed below are some specific medication names that have shown to cause weight gain:

Prednisone (steroid)
Elavil (anti-depressant)
Tofranil (anti-depressant)
Anafranil (anti-depressant)
Norepramine (anti-depressant)
Paxil (anti-depressant)
Zoloft (anti-depressant)
Depakote (anti-depressant)
Diabete (diabetes)
Diabinese (diabetes)
Cardura (high blood pressure)
Inderal (high blood pressure)
Nexim (acid reflux)
Prevacid (acid reflux)
Zyprexa (anti-psychotic)
Clozaril (anti-psychotic)
Cibalith (mood stabilizer)
Duralith (mood stabilizer)

Check with your physician on alternatives.

If you’ve experienced weight gain while taking ANY medication (even those not listed above) it’s best to consult with your physician on some alternatives.

It’s never a good idea to stop taking prescribed medications until you’ve talked with you doctor. The following list simply represents a sample of the most common prescription drugs that have been show to cause weight gain in some individuals.

Medications respond to people differently so there’s no real way to tell which drugs will cause weight gain and which one’s won’t until you take it.

There are some medication alternatives that have been shown to actually cause weight loss in some individuals. Here’s a short list of some examples:

Zonegran (anti-seizure/ migraine)
Topamax (anti-seizure/ migraine)
Wellbutrin (anti-depressant)
Prozac (anti-depressant)

Any medication that affects the hormonal balances in your body can have an impact on weight gain or loss. It all depends on your unique body make-up. For fat loss to occur there must be a correct hormonal balance followed by an energy demand from the muscles.

For optimal fat loss use a supportive nutrition diet of whole, natural foods with 4-5 small meals a day to stabilize blood sugar levels along with incorporating resistance training and high intensity interval cardio training.

Shane Doll is a certified Charleston personal trainer, fat loss expert, speaker, and founder of Shaping Concepts Personal Training Studios. You can receive a free, no-obligations trial of his Charleston personal training programs and experience the Shaping Concepts difference for yourself.

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Category: Hormones & Health.