Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Psychiatric drugs causing weight gain: doctors

From the Vancouver Sun:
The very drugs millions of Canadians are taking to get through their day can cause dramatic weight gain, doctors are warning.

Psychiatric drug-related weight gain "is a huge problem," says Dr. David Lau, chair of the diabetes and endocrine research group at the University of Calgary and president of Obesity Canada.

"You can see patients gaining 10, 20, 30, 40 pounds," Lau says.

Not everyone taking antidepressants, mood stabilizers or newer generation antipsychotics will gain weight, he stressed. What's more, he said new antipsychotics, so-called "atypical antipsychotics" have been "tremendous in terms of bringing back the functionality of people with schizophrenia, bipolar disorders and depression." ...more

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