Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Every Physician Ought To Know Which Common Medications Cause The Most Weight Gain

While it would be wonderful if all primary care physicians were interested enough in understanding how to treat their practices' most prevalent chronic condition to actually go out of their way and take the time to learn how to do so, there's a bare minimum that I think they do need to know, and that's which medications contribute to weight gain and their weight friendly alternatives.

Last week, my friend and colleague Sean Wharton, along with his collaborators, published an open access article summarizing drugs and weight gain, and I think it's a must read for all prescribers.

And for those who struggle with clicking, here's a summary of their summary by way of the article's various tables, because while it may be too much to ask for all MDs to truly take the time to learn about obesity, understanding which drugs are more likely than others to cause weight gain is something there's no excuse for them not to know.

[Cautionary note: If you're currently on one or more of the medications that are shown below to lead to greater weight gain, please don't stop it without first consulting with your prescriber, but do feel free to bring these lists along with you to discuss whether or not there are possible alternatives]