Are Your Medications Making You Overweight?

Dr. Christian Birkedal
Dr. Christian Birkedal
According to the latest research, more than 5% of Americans have gained body weight because of certain medications they use. Prevalence of cardio-vascular diseases, cancer and diabetes is on the rise and medicines used to treat them are causing weight gain among some. It is a grave problem that most people are not aware of. It is time to take things seriously and get the help of your doctor for a safe weight-loss option. You have to keep in mind that without the instructions of your doctor, you should not stop taking the prescribed medicines just because you are gaining weight. Stopping prescribed medicines without the doctor’s permission can lead to even more serious consequences. If you or a family member is suffering from weight gain due to medications, then contact Dr. Christian Birkedal, who with his experience can help you control your weight gain and reduce obesity related problems through various safe weight-loss programs or perhaps the lap band procedure to help control your appetite.

What are the Common Medicines That Cause Weight Gain?

Studies have shown that there are some medicines that will make you drowsy and sleepy the whole day and you end up burning very few calories during the day. There are some other medicines that affect the brain chemistry and can increase hunger. All these medicines lead to weight gain. A doctor can help you with safe weight-loss options. Here is a list of some medicines that can cause weight gain when taken regularly.

  1. Paxil: It is an antidepressant that is taken for controlling anxiety. Studies have shown that the regular intake of Paxil can lead to weight gain.
  2. Depakote: It is a medicine that is used as a mood stabilizer to treat those suffering from bipolar disorders and is also prescribed for migraines and epilepsy. Studies conducted have proven that children and women who have taken the medicine regularly for a year or so have had weight gains. Even though it is not clear why women who have taken the medicine have gained more weight when compared to men, many doctors now prefer to replace the medicine with other substitutes.
  3. Prozac and Remeron: Prozac and Remeron are generally prescribed as an antidepressant. But, if taken continuously for a long period, it can lead to an increase in weight by a few pounds.
  4. Atenolol and Metoprolol: Powerful older beta blockers like Atenolol and Metoprolol prescribed for hypertension and heart attack prevention can cause weight gain. Calcium channel blockers like amlodipine used to treat hypertension can sometimes cause weight gain in some people.
  5. Steroids: Steroids like medrol and prednisone come with side effects such as excessive appetite, intense hunger pangs and fluid retention that can make your body look puffy and bloated, and adds weight.

Why you Need To Consult a Doctor?

Dr. Christian Birkedal, along with his team, will do a complete diagnosis and help you with your safe weight-loss programs. He will find the best solution to overcome weight gain or obesity related problems through various safe weight-loss treatments and safe weight-loss surgeries. Dr. Birkedal will be able to diagnose your problem and guide you if any of the medicines can be replaced with other medicines that do not promote weight gain or tell you the necessary steps to be taken to overcome obesity. In the case that surgery is required to reduce weight, Dr. Birkedal is highly experienced in bariatric surgery, including lap band surgery, which will help you with safe weight loss. Dr. Birkedal services patients all over Florida, including Brevard County, Ormond Beach, Holly Hill and all surrounding areas. If you would like to make an appointment with Dr. Birkedal, please call 386-231-3530.


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